Napoli tactician Gennaro Gattuso could only see his team being humiliated by AC Milan with a 1-3 score. The tactician then praised the Rossoneri striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Gattuso’s reunion with his former club took place on Monday morning WIB (23/11) at the San Paolo Stadium. In that match, AC Milan took the lead thanks to a pair of goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Napoli had time to reply with a goal from Dries Mertens, but the situation was even more complicated for the hosts because two minutes later Bakayoko received a red card from the referee.
In the rest of the match, Partenopei who struggled with 10 men was helpless to concede the third goal by Peter Hauge in injury time.
Ibrahimovic was chosen to be the man of the match in the match because of his two goals against the host. Even this achievement seems to confirm that the Swedish player is still ferocious at the age of 39 years.
Gattuso as Napoli coach has been a teammate and opponent of Ibrahimovic, so he knows exactly how the quality of the former Juventus is.
Interestingly, Gattuso considered that the current Ibrahimovic is far more fierce than he was still an opponent and teammate at AC Milan first.
No wonder AC Milan is so dependent on this 39-year-old figure.
“Milan have a lot of faith in Ibra, they believe 100 per cent in what they are doing. I think he looks tougher now than he was 10-12 years ago.”
“They let go of crosses because they knew Ibra was going to pick up the ball,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia.
Meanwhile, talking about his team, Gattuso cannot say that Napoli have been performing badly from the first minute. Chances created well, but finishing very poorly.
“What we did today was created a lot of chances but not too sure”
“It’s a matter of mentality. Football is about helping each other, building a club together, saying comforting words to your teammates when they have trouble,” he concluded.
As a result of this defeat, Napoli plunged into 6th position in the standings with 14 points.