Gennaro Gattuso has advised Gonzalo Higuain to be less predictable with his movements despite scoring the winner in AC Milan’s unconvincing 1-0 win over Dudelange in the Europa League.
Milan were a major disappointment on Thursday and only scraped victory against the side from Luxembourg, who actually posed the visitors a few problems in the first half.
Gattuso’s men were also somewhat lucky to take all three points, as Higuain’s winner – a shot from the edge of the box – took a hefty deflection off a defender.
Although he proved decisive, Gattuso still felt it was necessary to give Higuain some advice about his positioning in the penalty area.
“We’re all happy when we win, not just Gonzalo,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia. “Today he did well.
“He could also have scored more goals, but it’s important for us to get and bring many men into the area.
“Lately he tends to peel away towards the penalty spot, but I would also like him to go to front and back posts.
“With Napoli he did that. He must change a bit, otherwise the other teams will notice him.”
Despite the narrow win, Gattuso was pleased with some aspects of his side’s performance.
“I expected to bring the three points home,” he added. “it’s no coincidence that Dudelange are in the group stage of the Europa League: they did not get here by luck.
“I liked the attitude of the team. We could’ve killed it off earlier and it was more of a struggle than I’d have liked, but we got minutes in the legs of many players and we got the result.”