Gennaro Gattuso has asked for patience for AC Milan after their 4-1 win over Sassuolo gave him time to save his job.
The Rossoneri have drawn their last four games, putting pressure on the former Milan star ahead of their trip to Sassuolo.
However, Gattuso was vindicated in the absence of injured Higuain, after fielding Castillejo as a makeshift striker.
Kessie scored from 20 yards out, before Castillejo scored a brilliant goal between Suso’s brace to render Djuricic’s strike as a mere consolation.
“At the moment, our defensive movements aren’t as good and it’s not just about the defenders, but the protective shield and going too deep. That is our weakness,” Gattuso said to Sky Sport Italia.
“We don’t press the opposition on the edge of the area, we just sit back as a shield and don’t move towards them. We had four or five through balls that caused us a lot of problems, but we know that is something we have to improve. The team does many good things and this result can help us gain confidence in everything we’re working on.
“When you wear the Milan jersey and work at a glorious club like this, which wants to get back to the top, there is pressure. People aren’t so much interested in performances as results and the table, but I knew this team had promise and just needed some time to grow.”