Coach Gennaro Gattuso is after the painful elimination of AC Milan in the group stage of the Europa League deep by the dust gone. The ‘Rossoneri’ had Thursday night to a small defeat against Olympiakos had enough for the winter, but in Piraeus was 3-1 lost.
“I’m not looking for excuses, because it is right that we are disabled,” said Gattuso at his press conference afterwards. “Olympiacos was more eager and more energetic. I want all the fans of AC Milan to apologise for the fact that we have our objective has not been met.”
At rest, there was little going on for Milan but Olympiakos beat in the first 25 minutes of the second half on two occasions. Cristían Zapata signed just after the 2-0 though, for the aansluitingstreffer, but Kostas Fortounis sealed the fate of Milan by ten minutes before time, a penalty kick to take advantage of.
Gattuso understood nothing of the by referee Benoît Bastien given penalty – captain Ignazio Abata held his opponent lightly in a corner – but also wanted the coach is not behind hide.
“The penalty kick was undeserved and we had still more decisions in our disadvantage industries, but I don’t believe in a conspiracy. We need to look at ourselves. We had many need to score and our opponent more need to test, but instead, we made the same mistakes.”
Fans of Olympiakos stormed the field after the final whistle
“I’ve ruined with my change’
Gattuso was not only critical of his players, but also of themselves. The coach caused quite a stir by attacker Patrick Cutrone a quarter of an hour for time out of the field to midfielder Diego Laxalt.
“I’ve screwed up with that change and I take all responsibility for us,” says Gattuso, who do not find that Milan are allowed to hide behind the difficult situation in Greece, where Olympiakos fully supported by the hometown audience.
“The great atmosphere in Greece is nothing new. The supporters of Olympiakos is the twelfth man, but the supporters didn’t play. I knew that Olympiacos is a difficult opponent for us and we had the bad luck that we had to play for the winter. We were eventually naiëf.”
By the victory over Milan ended Olympiakos just like the Italians on ten points, but on the basis of goal difference – inter-result is identical – the Greeks. Real Betis after the draw against F91 Dudelange (0-0) as group winners to the knock-out stages.
Final standings for group F
- 1. Real Betis – 12 (7-2)
- 2. Olympiakos – 10 (11-6)
- 3. AC Milan – 10 (12-9)
- 4. F91 Dudelange – 1 (3-16)
View the results and the standings in the Europa League