Shevchenko backs Gattuso to taste success at AC Milan
Milan have failed to win any of their last five games across all competitions and the Rossoneri are still a point adrift of the top four, giving rise to speculations regarding Gattuso’s position at the club.
However, Shevchenko, who was a Champions League winner with Milan and is currently in charge of the Ukraine national team, has full confidence in his former teammate and spoke in favour of him.
“It is important to keep supporting Rino because he’s giving the team an identity and a sense of belonging,” Shevchenko told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“He’s the right man for this Milan. I’m happy that the club is keeping faith in him.
“I like this attitude of the club. There are people who have clear ideas, who are not shaken in times of difficulty. [Sporting director] Leonardo and Paolo Maldini are working calmly and competently.
“With Leo, Paolo and Rino, we’re in good hands.”
Gonzalo Higuain’s lacklustre performances have evoked widespread criticism but Shevchenko believes that he has the quality to come good for the Rossoneri in the longer run.
“There is so much pressure on him and he has been unlucky,” the former Chelsea and Dynamo Kyiv star said.
“Since the beginning of the season, Higuain has been treated as the star signing with all eyes on him.
“He’s a great player and is playing with his future, because if Milan qualifies for the Champions League he can stay at the club and prove that he cares about it.
“He just needs to stay calm during difficult times, like everyone else in Milan. There are tough times in football, but they always pass.”