Gattuso: “Not losing to a side like Napoli is a step forward”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso praised his side’s performance in their 0-0 draw with Napoli on Sunday.

The Rossoneri dealt a blow to the Partenopei’s Scudetto hopes by holding them to a stalemate at San Siro.

“We’re happy. We knew Napoli would have chances and keep the ball, but we did well. We have to improve in many respects, but this performance can help raise the bar,” Gattuso told Mediaset Premium.

“I am very, very happy with the way we interpreted the game, we could’ve won or lost against an excellent opponent.”

There was an incident towards the end of the game involving Lucas Biglia and Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri, but Gattuso didn’t shed any light on the situation.

“I got into enough trouble as a player! I don’t want to get involved as a Coach. I have to set a good example.

“I like the way Donnarumma played with great calm, playing out from the back and not just his late save. I thought his overall performance was excellent and he showed no fear under pressure.

“When you ask the striker to do the dirty work for his team, as we did Nikola Kalinic today, it’s going to take something away from our finishing.

“I think we defended very well with a defensive partnership that had only played together in the cup this season.”

Milan stay seven points behind fourth-placed Roma in the standings, with the capital club having a game in hand.

“We’ll keep hoping as long as it’s mathematically possible, but to be honest, it’s very, very difficult at this stage. There are only six rounds to go, we’re quite far away and it’d be extremely tricky to achieve that.

“We’ll push hard, not losing to a side like Napoli is already a step forward and we need to raise the bar a little more.”

Milan have been linked with two Napoli players – namely Pepe Reina and Jose Callejon – but Gattuso deflected questions of the pair.

“I talk only about the players in my squad. If and when new faces arrive, I’ll talk about them, but right now I consider my playrs the best in the world.”

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