Milan will need helmets against Atalanta - Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso is aware of the threat Atalanta poses AC Milan and believes the match will act as a barometer for its Serie A aspirations.

Atalanta players celebrate a goal against SPAL   -  Getty Images

AC Milan will "need to wear helmets" when it takes on Atalanta on Saturday, according to head coach Gennaro Gattuso.

Atalanta is unbeaten in six Serie A matches and is part of a three-team group that sits one point behind fourth-place Milan, making its meeting in Bergamo important in the race for Champions League qualification.

Gattuso is wary of the physical prowess of the Rossoneri's opponents and wants to see a strong all-round performance to secure a potentially key result.

"We will need to wear helmets," said Gattuso. "We are playing against a top Italian team who are both physically impressive and also possess great quality.

As a player Gennaro Gattuso was known for his no-nonsense tackling.   -  Getty Images

 

"They play a unique style of football. It will be a difficult and crucial game and we must ensure that we're ready to play well and hold our ground.

"We must respect our opponent, playing sensibly and putting in a great performance. They press you high and look to fill the area. We must do well in both attack and defence."

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Milan finished 2018 with a run of just two wins in eight Serie A matches but is unbeaten in the league this year, winning two and drawing two.

Gattuso believes the meeting with Atalanta will act as a barometer for the team's level in relation to its objectives.

"You need these type of matches, as they are ones that give you experience. It will be an important test in terms of our growth," said the head coach.

"Getting a win would send an important signal and would be key from a mental perspective.

"However, there is still a long way to go and there are plenty of points still on offer. There are no easy matches."

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