“We can talk about a mini-crisis,” admitted Friday OM coach Gennaro Gattuso, who nevertheless claims to still believe in the objective of qualifying for the Champions League despite the draw conceded against Metz (1-1).
“We can talk about a mini-crisis. We haven't won in five matches and it may seem utopian to talk about this fourth place. But if I don’t believe in this goal, I’m going home,” said the Italian technician.
“We have a duty to honor this jersey. There are still a lot of matches and I don't see why not believe in it. But you have to win the matches. I am the captain of this ship, these are my responsibilities. I have to do everything to get it to its destination,” Gattuso said.
“We finished with 72% possession having played with 10 men, that has never happened to me in my career. Afterwards, you have to score. We did what we had to do but if you don’t put it at the bottom, football becomes hard,” also explained the Marseille coach.
Gattuso still said he was satisfied with the response provided by his players in terms of state of mind. “It’s been a very special week. The club, me and the fans had asked for a different mentality, more commitment and today it showed,” he said.
“The team did a lot today. It hurts but we have to start from this mentality, from this will. I can't say that the players didn't do the right thing in the engagement. What we asked for, we saw. We must continue, it’s the only possible way,” concluded Gattuso.