100% agreed. I mistakenly took that as a sign of sound zonal defense. I couldn't have been more wrong. Inviting pressure, even embracing it, opening up the defense for attempts on your own goal, however benign, is just a perfect recipe for disaster, absolutely ridiculous. Statistically, we will definitely concede off one or a few of those numerous attempts.
Maybe this explains your 'luck' theory... Not that I completely agree. But I see the link, or at least there's an explanation.
And finally, for Gattuso to keep beating the drum of how average the quality this roster has to justify his silly defensive tactics, well, he needs to do far better to shore up that hole in midfield! Vecino alone could've buried us last night in the first 30 mins!
As I said before, "luck" is invariably the wrong choice of words in football, even when the ball hits the inside of the post, but it's also the first that came to my mind after our games. The point is that everything that could go for us went for us, and we were extremely deadly in the opposite box (sometimes uncannily) while Donnarumma was in fantastic form and in some cases the opposition was either very poor at finishing or just very poor in general.
Now, I don't think it's a coincidence that we've gone through two very similar good runs of results under Gattuso, almost during the exact same part of the season. He clearly has a way of motivating the team and preparing it for the second half of the season, and knows how to make the players grow in confidence. As I've also said many times, his decisions are rarely ridiculous -- he is a solid, capable manager. Of course Piatek was extremely influential in this case too. Rino also managed to keep us afloat under a ridiculous injury crisis.
I celebrate the great results like any fan, but on the back of my head (and, well, here) has been "how the hell are we winning these games" and "this won't work against better opposition unless everything aligns." It is painfully obvious that we need to improve or we just will start losing in tougher games, and even in easy ones. We just don't create enough chances and we allow the opposition way too much freedom in out own third, while simply packing everyone behind the ball. When the opposition is decent and Romagnoli is not in "Nesta mode", that translates into several chances against us.
My main beef is that we actually seemed much more convincing the previous time, a year ago. Several players have improved but the whole team hardly has. Almost none of our wins lately felt really convincing to me. It's no wonder almost in all cases the opposition managers complained about one thing or the other. It's not just about them being sore losers, which they were, but when you outplay the opposition and win clearly, opposition managers rarely cry so much.
This squad has problems, and ultimately we're more or less where we should be on the table, but I can't help but to feel the team has stagnated and many of the results really could have gone the other way. Gattuso is doing his job and deserves credit, but to my mind we really should risk it and move on at the end of the season. It's a big gamble, but I truly don't see Gattuso taking us to next level unless he is given an absolutely outrageous squad (IMO he could be good in those circumstances, which sometimes can be harder than it sounds), but that is impossible.