Gattuso slams Milan squad

Former AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso believes the current group of players at the club are not fit to wear the famous shirt after yet another poor season.

Milan are currently seventh in the Serie A table and look likely to miss out on qualifying for any form of European competition for the third year in a row, and Gattuso finds that completely unacceptable for a club of their stature.

"The Milan team I played in was a perfect machine," he told Mediaset. "We had champions, the budget was different, but there was above all a great sense of belongingness. When you took to the field and lost a game, it felt like being at a funeral in the dressing room afterwards.

"When you took to the field, you know that you were wearing a shirt which had made history in Italian and world football. Today, in many games, you cannot see this belongingness."

The Rossoneri still have a chance to partially salvage their season by winning the Coppa Italia, but face an very tough match against Scudetto winners Juventus in order to claim the trophy.

"I think the most important thing they can do now is win the Coppa Italia because winning helps you to win more, even though it's going to be very difficult because Juventus are far better," Gattuso added.

"In the past five years, they have built an incredible mentality, whereas Milan need to improve a lot if they want to be the Milan from years gone by."