Italian Cup final like World Cup for Gattuso's AC Milan

Rex Christensen
May 12, 2018

"There was such an incredible enthusiasm in the summer and you could sense everybody's desire to win something".

AC Milan are the opposition in Rome on Wednesday, with Gennaro Gattuso aiming to cap off his first year in charge of the Rossoneri with a victory.

Milan showed no real attacking attacking intent and were completely outclassed in the second half, as the Oldy Lady saw out the remaining stages to clinch the cup.

"I'm very proud because we've done in seven years what only men with a capital M can do", the goalkeeper told JTV.

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Milan failed to beat Juventus in either game this season, losing 2-0 and 3-1.

"The Italian Cup might not be the biggest trophy in football, but lifting a trophy and doing it this year has a different value for Milan", said the defender. "It's not easy to sit on the Milan bench after such different experiences and he's done really well". But I hope he gets a bit wound up because that means there are things which aren't going well. His side will once again entrust the onus of unlocking Milan on him, while also trying to feast on his pin-point crosses from set-pieces. "Now we're thinking about the final". "We need to have the clarity of mind to understand how to improve ourselves even more".

"The Scudetto is the main target and I'll be glad if we do it here, because I had an extraordinary campaign at Roma and it's a special stadium for me", added 31-year-old ex-Roma player Benatia. Their defeat confirmed that both sixth and seventh places in Serie A will now become Europa League qualification spots, but there is a three-way battle to end up there between Milan, Atalanta and Fiorentina.

Medhi Benatia has praised Juventus" "winning mentality" and "unity' after winning the 2017-18 Coppa Italia title.

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