Milan’s spirit under Gennaro Gattuso starts to win over the doubters | Paolo Bandini

Milan’s manager has plenty to learn tactically but the 2-1 win over Lazio suggests his man-management is paying dividends

Gennaro Gattuso accepted his punishment. Walking out on to the pitch after Milan’s game against Lazio, he bowed his head and entered a circle formed by his players. All at once, they started to hit him – clambering over one another to deliver open-palmed cuffs to the side of his head.

In one sense, it was predictable. Lazio had arrived in sensational form, scoring 13 goals in three games as they moved to third in Serie A. Fifteen points separated them from Milan before kick-off. Who hadn’t expected them to turn over the lacklustre Rossoneri, mired in mid-table and missing injured first-choice centre-forward Nikola Kalinic?

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