After Milan crashed out the Europa League with an unthinkable 3-1 loss to Olympiacos, Gennaro Gattuso stood tall and faced the press after the match.
The great atmosphere in Greece is nothing new, the fans are the twelfth man on the pitch, but they do not play. I was well aware that Olympiacos would be a tough opponent for us, just like Real Betis. We had the misfortune to have to decide our fate on the last matchday here and we were too naive. Technically, the team got the finishing phase wrong. We have to improve on concentration and covering the pitch better.
On our part, we had some unjust decisions against us but I do not believe in any sort of conspiracy. We were unlucky because the penalty was non-existent. It is fair that we have been knocked out though, I am not looking for excuses: they were better than us because they were energetic and determined, I apologize to all the Rossoneri fans around the world for not having achieved our objective.
Higuain could have been better with his finishing and in the ballistics. Cutrone? I messed up the sub and I take full responsibility for it. The team was present, they fought hard and we got our finishing wrong: this was our main problem. We had to be more decisive when we were in open field. Instead, we barely tested our opponents. We did not make much progress as per wisdom and experience, we are very displeased because we always make the same mistakes over and over again.
Gattuso said all the right things again, but this was a very bad loss to a team that Milan should have had no trouble getting past. Even with all of the injuries and a lack of rest, Milan should have been good enough to get past a team that is currently third in the Greek league.
Perhaps this will be a point in the season that we all look back on and see as a turning point for the club. Either the club will respond to the defeat by concentrating on Serie A, and without the distraction of the Europa League will easily make the Champions League, or the team will start to fall apart and we’ll look back on this as the point where things all went wrong. It can only really go one of these two ways.
On to the links.
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Milan bombed out the Europa League thanks to a 3-1 defeat at Olympiacos. [AC Milan Offside]
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