Well, that sucked.
Gennaro Gattuso sounded upset after the match, saying:
Such a performance is unacceptable. I already had a strange feeling in the past days. We are a team who lacks a soul: I am the first man responsible. There’s lots of concern, I have seen things today that we had never tried. We must change attitude.
We knew their characteristics, it should have been easy to interpret the game. We should have played with will and great respect. It’s not a matter of tiredness, with a bit of organisation we could have overcome this. This is why I take full responsibility. Maybe I didn’t make myself clear.
Tonight’s defeat is not just a loss but will go down in AC Milan’s history. This is a burning defeat because AC Milan is a historic and prestigious club. Someone has to be responsible for this, and this is me
Gattuso refused to throw his players under the bus or blame the referee for the loss. It’s unusual to hear managers take responsibility for a loss without claiming some other kind of mitigating factor. Full credit to the gaffer to stand tall and take the blame.
I would not want to be one of the players right now, because if there’s anything I’ve learned is that when your boss takes “responsibility” for something you’ve done to let him down, you will have to face the music in private.
On to the links.
AC Milan and Italian Football Links
Short round-up of what happened in Serie B yesterday. [Football-Italia.net]
Massimiliano Mirabelli said that Milan were “ashamed” after losing to Benevento at the San Siro yesterday. That’s a word for it. [Football-Italia.net]
World Football Links
The Europa League trophy was lost, and found, yesterday in Leòn, Mexico after it had gone missing. [The Independent]