AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso says the club’s “shirt deserves respect” after a “burning defeat” by Rijeka.
Gattuso made changes, for only his second game in charge, with their Europa League last-32 slot already guaranteed – but he was not impressed.
“I was expecting more, this was a pretty poor show,” he said. “We need to turn things around and a change in mentality. We need more intensity and desire and all these things weren’t there.”
Gattuso replaced Vincenzo Montella last week with the club seventh in Serie A despite spending £205m in the summer.
They dropped to eighth after drawing 2-2 with Benevento on Sunday, with goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli scoring an injury-time equaliser for a side who had lost their opening 14 games.
“We needed a win as a morale booster. Sunday’s match against Bologna is now even more important and we can’t make any mistakes,” said Gattuso.
Croatian side Rijeka, who were already out, won 2-0 thanks to goals from Jakov Puljic and Mario Gavranovic.
“I take full responsibility for the choices I made,” said Gattuso. “I would make them again as we have to play important games every three days. We tried to give some playing time to those who needed it.
“This is how things have been going lately, unfortunately, we concede at the first opportunity. The boys gave it all, trying to play differently, but it wasn’t enough.”
Gattuso,who has previously managed Sion, Palermo, OFI Crete, Pisa and Milan’s youth team, was especially unhappy with £33m summer signing Andre Silva, who has yet to score in Serie A.
“He struggled. He looked like a foreign object in the team,” said the manager. “When you have the opportunity to play for 90 minutes wearing AC Milan’s shirt you have to do more.”