Gattuso will continue to make tough choices

Gennaro Gattuso, AC Milan; Serie A

Gennaro Gattuso took full blame for AC Milan's shock Europa League defeat to Croatian side HNK Rijeka on Thursday.

With the Serie A club having already qualified for the knockout phase of the competition as Group D leaders, the new Milan boss made some changes to his side for the game.

But Jakov Puljic (7) and Mario Gavranovic (47) were both on target at the Stadion HNK Rijeka to hand Rijeka a 2-0 win.

Speaking to Milan TV after the game, Gattuso said that while he holds his hand up for the result, he still isn't getting enough from his players.

He said: "It's a burning defeat. 

"I take full responsibility for the choices I made, which are only mine. I would make them again as we have to play important games every three days. 

"We tried to give some playing time to those who needed it. This is how things have been going lately, unfortunately, we concede at the first opportunity. 

"The boys gave it all tonight, trying to play differently, but it wasn't enough."

Gattuso added: "AC Milan's shirt deserves respect. This bothers me a lot. We didn't come here to lose. We made some pretty clear choices, trying to start those who needed more playing time. 

"But we need to turn things around and a change in mentality. We need more intensity and desire and all these things weren't there today."

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