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Rossoneri Round-up for 1 November: Gennaro Gattuso praised Bakayoko after the match. What.

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AC Milan v Genoa CFC - Serie A Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

So, yeah, Gennaro Gattuso probably made a lot of Milan fans do a double-take while talking about how the team played in yesterday’s match.

The Milan boss was quoted as saying:

Now we have to do well at staying up there. We haven’t achieved anything yet. Now we have to play as a team because we still don’t do it at times.

I’m happy for the result but as for peace of mind, we still have progress to make in that regard. Criticism? I just blow my whistle and train the team.

I’ve always had the same relationship with everyone. I’ve always experienced it like this. I won’t be the first or last Coach who is having a difficult time.

I’m not calm as we haven’t done anything yet. We have some gaps in many aspects of our play.

Bakayoko had a great game today. We developed ball possession well, but then we got afraid and could no longer build well from the back.

We must improve. It’s a path we must take. Biglia’s old scar flared up. When we talk about calves, we know it can be serious.

So why did Gattuso single Bakayoko out for praise? Well, he did step in and play pretty decently for most of the game, with only a few errors, although one of them ended up being pretty costly, but hey, it happens.

Gattuso must know that Bakayoko needs to have his spirit built up and it doesn’t do anyone any good for him to speak ill of the players in the press, and publicly praising them can help build them up. Lucas Biglia was injured and might not be available for awhile, and if Gattuso has to play Bakayoko, then he might as well try to give the Chelsea loanee some confidence.

On to the links.

AC Milan and Italian Football Links

Milan struck late to beat Genoa at home. [AC Milan Offside]

Is the 4-4-2 formation the way forward for Milan? [AC Milan Offside]

Could a swap deal between Flamengo’s Lincoln and Inter Milan’s Gabriel Barbosa be in the works? [Football-Italia.net]

World Football Links

In Mexico, Cruz Azul won the Apertura 2018 Copa MX over Monterrey. [FMF State of Mind]

Portland Timbers advanced to the next round of the MLS playoffs by defeating FC Dallas on the road. [Stumptown Footy]

The Philadelphia Union lost to New York City FC and once again are bounced from the first round of the playoffs. [Brotherly Game]

Chelsea beat Frank Lampard’s Derby County in the League Cup. [BBC.com]

Tottenham Hotspur won 3-1 over West Ham United. [BBC.com]