Regarding style . . . I've been thinking. Could *any* other manager have gotten *this* group of players to play attractive football? Perhaps a defensive, grinta style is the one that suits the group. In which case, gattuso may pay the price for mistakes made by others.
I doubt really know one way or the other. Just posing the question.
I think for sure. For one thing, it's really been as low as it gets in that aspect. For another, almost all Serie A teams have played more attractive football than us, and most of them have weaker squads. We know this Milan roster is far from Brazil 82' and defensive styles do tend to work better with limited players, but we also definitely have enough skilled footballers not to play the nastiest football in Serie A.
More importantly, I strongly agree with doc. We have consistently made things difficult for ourselves. Just look at our wins this season, even the ones by more than a goal. In many of them, the opposition had at least as many clear chances as we did. We also looked incredibly uncomfortable, either defending or attacking. The attacking game plan remains pass to Suso, run to the box, even when Suso was in horrible form.The defensive game plan was 10 players in our ow third.
Donnarumma, Piatek in absurd form, and the odd alternative saviors made ALL the difference. That's why I kept talking about "luck." Surely it was a bad way to put it, but it was blatantly obvious it would not last if we did not improve. That's the way of midtable teams, who when their 2-3 good players lose form, get injured, or are sold and not adequately replaced, become relegation candidates.
What I give to Gattuso beside the defensive improvement and a few other things (not unimportant, including developing Donnarumma for example) above all is his ability to sustain those good runs of results. It's not a coincidence. He clearly injects belief in the team for some time. He's probably a great coach to take over a team during a bad year and turn their season around. Like Montella just did for Fiore.