“First of all, we thought of bringing balance back to this team. I have to say that the guys are approaching things in a determined fashion again like how we did when we did good things in the first half of the season. Often, individual episodes change how you think about performance. Drawing in Reggio Emilia against Sassuolo is discussed differently to the result today, I asked the guys to give everything and more in front of a big crowd today and I was happy with what they did. We need to be the first to believe and be proactive. Today, regardless of the opponent’s quality the guys went out with the aim to make things difficult for them. We all have the pride to show that we’re not inferior, the guys did well despite all the absences but we don’t make excuses. We’ll keep working towards our goal, what has been done so far is already extraordinary and not to be taken for granted.
“Gazzola occupied a wider position because Kucka was in the middle and Gervinho was on the other side, with cover from Dimarco or Barillà. For quick breaks, it was better to go with Nino. We’re not discovering whatBruno Alves is worth this season. He’s had a great career, I also want to mention the performances from Barillà, Gagliolo, Iacoponi and Gazzola again who played less in the first half of the season and perhaps I took something out of him by not using him so much. This shows that in this group, players like Bruno are important but so are those like Gazzola who have played less. What has been done so far is thanks to how we’ve interpreted the different elements of the team. I was happy to see people like Gattuso, Leonardo and Maldini again who were important for me in my youth, at Milan the first thought was to help you to grow as people.”