How do you see this match against Lyon, who are in great difficulty? Genarro Gattuso: Tomorrow (Sunday), everyone thinks we are playing against the last one. But no. They have five or six very strong players and overall, they have nothing to do in this position. If we think we are going to play against the last one and we do not approach this match with the right mentality, we will lose. If we think it's going to be a walk in the park, we're going to lose. They are going through a difficult time but we must respect them and play with each other. Lyon has motivations but so do we. The stadium will be full and we must not think about fatigue. We play big too.
What do you think of Fabio Grosso, who was finally preferred to you at Lyon? You know, before Lyon, I spoke to seven or eight other clubs... Above all, I am happy and proud to be here. I am very happy with my choice. I am a believer and God wanted it that way, he led me to the right place. I discovered incredible people and an incredible club and I am the happiest man in the world. As for Grosso, he is a young and very interesting coach. It's difficult to analyze his team at the moment, because he's tried a lot of different systems. But I know his mentality. He wants to control the match, play in the opposing camp, create problems for you. He had an incredible season with Frosinone, he won with a team that was not the favorite. I know the character well. He is a curious boy, very intelligent, even if he speaks little. I always appreciated it. We shared something incredible in 2006. I wish him the best because when we shared something like that, it stays for life.
You have played a lot of derbies and big matches in your career. What advice can you give to your players? Not to waste energy unnecessarily before the match. When I think about it now it makes me laugh, because I was losing crazy energy before these matches because I was so stressed... You have to keep your ideas clear, be lucid, not fall into provocations. Football has changed. Now we have to have players who think. Before, you just had to win your duels and look for depth. Today, we're building from behind, there's pressing, there are so many things to do... You can't waste energy complaining, complaining to the referee. I lost a lot of energy on this in my career.
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