AC Milan & Gattuso are heading in the right direction
The evolution of AC Milan under Gennaro Gattuso
Gattuso had a shaky start to his managerial stint at AC Milan after taking over the reins following Vicenzo Montella’s sack
The Italian was made to wait for his first victory as manager until his third match in charge, this was after drawing the first match and tasting defeat in the second game.
Gattuso switched to a 4-3-3 formation from the 3-4-2-1 formation that was used by his predecessor.
The change of formation is paying dividends as Giacomo Bonaventura is thriving in a three-man midfield and Patrick Cutrone is shinning as the lead striker for the Rossoneri. The youngster is already drawing a comparison to AC Milan legend Filippo Inzaghi.
Hakan Calhanoglu has thrived in his new role on the left side of the attacking trio to the surprise of his manager who expressed his delight with how the Turkish forward has stepped up in the unfamiliar role and made it his.
The elimination of arch-rivals Inter Milan in the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia courtesy of Cutrone's solitary extra time strike has been the standout result of the Gattuso-era.
The Deby della Madonnina victory was a turning point for Il Diavolo (The Devil) as the team is now unbeaten in its last 10 matches in all competitions and are currently 7th on the table with 41 points, same with sixth-placed Sampdoria, a team they beat just last night.
Milan holds a 3-0 first-leg advantage against Bulgarian side PFC Ludogorets Razgrad in the round of 32 of the Europa League and seemingly have one foot in the round of 16.
It will take a collapse of epic proportions & an extraordinary second leg performance by Ludogorets to eliminate the Italian giants.
It is possible that Gattuso can guide the team to win silverware this season, the question whether he has the tactical know-how for a potential Scudetto challenge will become clear next season.