Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has insisted that he was pleased with his side's attitude in their Europa League opener against F91 Dudelange, but admits the match was more of a struggle than he would've liked.
Milan turned in an average performance in Luxembourg, with a lack of creativity contributing to an underwhelming showing against Dudelange. Despite this, Gonzalo Higuain's deflected strike was enough to earn the Serie A giants all three points in the opening game of their Europa League campaign.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, as quoted by Sempre Milan, Gattuso underlined why he was pleased with his side.
“I liked the attitude of the team, we could’ve killed it off earlier and it was more of a struggle than I’d have liked, but we got minutes in the legs of many players and we got the result," he said.
The Milan legend also complimented his star forward and game winner, Gonzalo Higuain.
“We are all happy when we win, not just Pipita. He had a few more chances and could’ve had a hat-trick today. Higuain has lately always been gravitating towards the penalty spot, whereas at Napoli he scored many more at the near post, the far post. I hope our opponents aren’t watching me say this."
Gattuso also explained the reasoning behind making so many changes to Milan's side for the game.
“I rotated the squad today, but that’s not because I thought Dudelange were poor. I did it because I trust these players and saw how they trained during the week. I’m not so foolish as to play someone I don’t believe in,” he added.