AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso says he got his side’s tactics wrong in their Europa League first-leg defeat to Arsenal but promises that his players will fight for the jersey in the return game at the Emirates on Thursday.
Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey secured a 2-0 win at the San Siro that puts the Gunners in a commanding position, however, having been given a scare by Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the last round they know they can’t rest on their laurels when the Serie A giants visit.
To emphasise the point, Gattuso, speaking after Milan’s stoppage time win over Genoa, told Mediaset (translated by ESPN):
“After Thursday, I heard a lot of nattering that you hear in the pub, about how we were lacking something physically, yet here we are coping right through to the 95th minute.
“We just got that game wrong against a strong Arsenal side. We realised that and today we responded.
“Arsenal have the quality to put the ball where they want if you give them time and space.
“We cannot give gifts to anyone, the team has understood that and we go forward with those lessons.
“We’ve still got a 30 percent chance of going through and we’re not going to London for a holiday. We need to respect our glorious shirts.”