Gatttuso : ‘I can ’ t compare to Wenger ’

Milan Coach Gennaro Gattuso admits he can’t compare to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger – “I’m just starting, he’s been coaching for 30 years”.

The Rossoneri take on the English side tomorrow in the first leg of their Europa League clash, and Ringhio is full of respect for his opposite number.

“It’s not a challenge with him, because in that regard it’s not a contest,” Gattuso said in his pre-match Press conference.

“He’s won so much in his career, he’s been managing the same club for 21-22 years. My path is still very long.

“It will be an interesting match, with more of a new philosophy like mine against him and his experience. He likes to play a style based heavily on possession.

“I’ll greet him and I’ll put myself in my corner, but there’s no comparison that can be made.

“I’ve been through games like this as a player, everything is different now. Compared to Wenger I’m in the children’s team, I’m just starting and he’s been coaching for 30 years.

“We’re preparing, Arsenal are a technical team that doesn’t like defensive transitions. We’ll have to do well not to suffer from what they do, and then make them run when we have the ball.

“We can’t be afraid of the 70,000 crowd [at San Siro], we need to play with great technical and physical quality. If we do that we can cause them a lot of problems.

“We need to experience it with great joy and prepare for it well. There are players who dream of playing games like this and never get to, so we can’t have the attitude that if we make a mistake it’s a tragedy.

“You’ll have a teammate who can sort it out for you. That’s the secret.”

“The worry is how to stop Arsenal scoring. When I go to bed I dream of [Mesut] Ozil and Wenger, not about my playing days.

“That’s in the past, this is something different and you can’t compare it.

“I have to transfer the feeling that I and my staff had prepared them in a perfect way. When I played with [Carlo] Ancelotti that’s the feeling I always got.”

“Arsenal are struggling but they have great champions and they’ve scored 18 goals in the Europa League. We have huge respect for them, and we need to put in a great performance.

“Milan haven’t played a European match in front of 70,000 people much in recent years, aside from [Leonardo] Bonucci and [Lucas] Biglia our team doesn’t have much experience in Europe because they’re very young.

“In Europe the matches are much more open, in Italy it’s a lot more tactical, we have to pay attention to their qualities.

“We have our own, but we need quantity and quality and in that respect I’m sure we won’t go wrong.”

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