Gattuso refusing to think about looming Inter clash

AC Milan's focus will not be allowed to drift ahead of the crucial derby against Inter in a fortnight, according to Gennaro Gattuso.

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AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso is refusing to think about the impending derby against Inter and insists his side's focus is squarely on their next two Serie A games.

Milan is two points behind its third-placed city rival and one point ahead of Roma in fifth with the result of the derby on March 17 likely to prove pivotal in the race for a Champions League qualification spot.

Gattuso, however, has his sights set firmly on extending the Rossoneri's winning streak in the league to four games against Sassuolo at the San Siro on Saturday.

"Before the Inter match, there are two vital games to play against Sassuolo and Chievo," he told a media conference.

"We must focus on these matches, then we'll think about the derby.

"We now have only finals left to play, and we'll prepare for them all in the best possible fashion.

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"Sassuolo have good players and they play Roberto De Zerbi's style of football. We must show them respect. The main thing is to maintain consistency both in defence and in our general play."

Spanish forward Suso has now failed to score since January 21 after another frustrating outing in Tuesday's Coppa Italia semi-final first leg against Lazio.

Gattuso, though, has backed the 25-year-old to rediscover the form that saw him linked with Real Madrid earlier in the season.

"He's going through a bit of a tricky spell," he added. "However, Suso isn't a problem for me. He was out for a month and maybe this has impacted him physically.

"He needs to remain calm because he has the qualities to do well and give us great support."