Gennaro Gattuso has admitted that he could have stood ‘bare-chested’ in the San Siro snow during AC Milan’s 2-1 win over Bologna.
Giacomo Bonaventura scored a goal in either half as the Rossoneri ended a run of four games without a win at home, giving Gattuso his first win as Milan boss in the process.
“Bologna had a few chances to equalise, we certainly need to improve our defending, as there’s clearly a long way to go,” Rino told Mediaset Premium.
“I am very happy for the win, I thanked the lads and hugged them one by one. I know what they are doing and what they give throughout the week, so I thank them for the mentality, but also realise there’s a long road ahead of us.”
Gattuso was asked if he felt tense in his first San Siro match as a Coach.
“I am tense even when playing fussball with my kids, so that’s just my nature. I feel the game intensely, let alone with the Milan jersey that I wore for 14 years. It’s an honour and a privilege to be back here representing this club.
“I realise that when people see me on the touchline, it must be ridiculous. I didn’t feel cold, I could’ve stood there in the snow bare-chested if needed.”
Gattuso then went on to talk about the 4-3-3 formation, and the match-winner Bonaventura.
“Bonaventura has so much quality and an eye for goal that you can put him anywhere. I always said he’s one of the best midfielders in Italy. He had a lot of injuries lately and can certainly help when he finds his fitness.
“Ignazio Abate is another player who only started training again over the last few weeks. Patrick Cutrone had played well against Rijeka, so I put faith in him to come off the bench first today.
“I admire the way Montella works and his insistence on never throwing the ball away, but my football has more pace and forward momentum. There is great respect for Vincenzo.
“I’m happy, but we have another game coming up and our position in the table is still not good. I just have to take it one game at a time and try to suffer as little as possible, because the defence certainly needs work.”