Gennaro Gattuso suggested that AC Milan's 3-0 win over Cagliari on Sunday evening was evidence to the fact that I Rossoneri are slowly improving under his stewardship.
Milan were comfortable winners on the night, thanks to an own-goal from Luca Ceppitelli and strikes from January signings Lucas Paqueta and Krzysztof Piatek - with the win sending them back into fourth in the Serie A table.
Speaking after the match, Gattuso insisted that there has been a noticeable improvement in Milan's performances of late.
“We did well tonight, played good football and could’ve had more goals. I didn’t like the attitude of the midfielders in the first half, as we weren’t taking enough control,” he told Sky Sport Italia, (via Football Italia.)
“I’ve liked our performances for a while and said we needed to get both phases right, attacking and defending. We were fortunate today.
“We’re starting to play our way out of the pressing game, which is what I want to see. It’s all about the two phases, defending and attacking, because few teams can afford to just do one or the other. For the last five or six matches, I think we’ve been doing that better.”
"For many years we’ve reached the spring and Milan have been outside the race for the Champions League, but we need to break that trend and fight hard to be in a strong position when the final weeks arrive."
Gattuso also had time to discuss Hakan Calhanoglu's current form, after the Turkish midfielder failed to find the target once again - extending his season-long goal drought.
“I expect more from Calhanoglu, because he has remarkable technique, but then you have to look at how much he runs, the distance he travels and the work-rate. I think he is unfairly maligned, I like the way he interprets that role.“