New AC Milan coach, Gennaro Gattuso, on Tuesday warned that the former Italian giants must suffer if they want to return to their glory days.
Gattuso, a key figure in some of Milan’s best ever teams, took over as coach on Monday after Vincenzo Montella was sacked following a disappointing start this season.
While speaking to reporters on his new role as Milan manager, Gattuso said: “It’s an important day, a big responsibility. We need to prove that we’re willing to suffer and be a united squad. We’ll need a battlefield spirit.
“It’s going to be a tough job, this team has 16 nationalities and an average age of 21. They’re not having an easy time, but everything is in place to work well.
“I’ve over 100 matches behind me in different championships,” insisted Gattuso, defending his credentials. “It’s up to me now to get results.”
“I feel the same emotions as I did when I was a player, when I come to Milanello it’s like I’m in heaven.
“Right now I’m not looking at the table, I’ll take it day-by-day. The match against Benevento (Sunday) has to be like a World Cup final.”