Gattuso: ‘Respectful relationship with Leonardo’

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Milan Coach Gennaro Gattuso admits “when results don’t come I’ll come under scrutiny” but there is “great respect” between him and Leonardo.

It has been reported this week that general manager Leonardo wants to fire the Coach, replacing him on the bench with Roberto Donadoni.

The relationship between the two was rocky when Ringhio was a player.

“I’m a Coach, I know that when results don’t come I’ll be under scrutiny,” Gattuso shrugged, speaking in the Press conference ahead of the Real Betis match.

“I’ve been under worse pressure. There are always discussions with Leonardo and [Paolo] Maldini, I call it as I see it and so do they.

“There may be ups-and-downs, but we say things face-to-face. What happened between me and Leonardo happened many years ago, there’s great respect and we tell each other things with the respect which can never be lacking.”

Gattuso did also discuss tomorrow’s game, as well as the form of Gonzalo Higuain.

“They’re a team that managed 65 per cent possession in Madrid, they don’t score a lot of goals but they have a lot of quality.

“It’ll be a very difficult match tomorrow, they’ll be less tired and it’s a very difficult game because they’re a demanding team who make you run a lot.

“As for Higuain, we haven’t been good at getting the ball to him. 30 per cent of that is Higuain’s fault, 70 per cent is down to the team. It’s the fault of the whole collective, including me.

“I think after the first 10-15 minutes [in the derby] he got frustrated after two good runs where the ball didn’t reach him.

“When you make those kind of movements you want to be rewarded. We were struggling in the build-up, every time we went wide we couldn’t put in balls for Higuain.

“We didn’t put him in a position where he could express himself to his full potential, and he got frustrated.”

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