AC Milan and Azzuri legend midfielder Gennaro Gattuso says Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola and European Champions Barcelona FC have created monsters in clubs and among coaches.
The former Italy international who was a combative enforcer during his playing days declared on Monday that calcio should return to its roots, and repeated those words while blaming the Bayern Munich Coach.
Gattuso who made the comment while discussing Italian football urged coaches to stop copying Pep Guardiola.
“Barcelona and Guardiola have created monsters in clubs and among the Coaches.
“Ultimately it’s all a bit distorted. We’ve gone to copy others and lost some of our defensive culture, marking and goalkeeping skill. We need to change, that’s only right, but why not hold on to the things we’ve been good at for many years?
“Beside, we have four stars on our chest [for four World Cups]. There are many good Coaches coming out of Coverciano today, so it’s not that what we’ve been doing for the last 50 years is all rubbish.
“What about the football that [Jose] Mourinho and [Diego] Simeone play?” Gattuso told Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 38-year old also blamed a lack of training time for a perceived shortage of young Italian talent.
“Today our youngsters play 10 hours a week, less than in the Netherlands, where in the past they’d play 10 hours a day. Maybe that’s why there were more talents.
“Today we have phenomenons on the mobile phone and the Playstation and less footballing phenomenons.” The Rossoneri legend added.
As a player, he mainly played as a defensive midfielder. Despite not being blessed with notable technical ability. Gattuso was a strong, energetic, consistent, aggressive, and hard tackling player with an extremely high work rate, who also possessed a powerful shot, quick reactions, as well as an excellent positional sense and good anticipation.
After joining Milan from Salernitana for a reported €8 million fee in 1999, he won the Champions League, in 2002–03 and 2006–07, the Coppa Italia in 2002–03, and also the Serie A title in 2003–04 and 2010–11. In addition to these titles, he also won two Italian Supercups, two UEFA Supercups, and a FIFA Club World Cup.
His talismanic midfield partnership with Andrea Pirlo played a key role in Italy’s World Cup victory in 2006 and Milan’s successes both domestically and at European level, in particular under Ancelotti.