Milan fell into a disappointing 2-0 away defeat against Torino on Sunday evening, leaving hopes of closing the top four with a thread.
The result has continued the torrid run of Milan, which has collected only five points in its last seven games in Serie A, which is the third worst record in the league in this period.
The Milanese boss was all but happy with the mentality of his players, who says they are making things more difficult for themselves. As quoted by Football Italia, Gattuso said: "We're having fun less than two months ago and this costs a lot. We are not clear, we think too much and this makes your enthusiasm.
"This is why I say that I can't get into the minds of the players, because I want them to have the eye of the tiger, a constant determination and determination, but it's not happening ".
Gattuso, who spent most of his career at San Siro, felt that the recent form of his team was disrupting the club, adding: "I'm tied to the results, I'm responsible. We are not only having embarrassing results for our team, we are embarrassing a historic club ".
The Rossoneri manager made the surprise decision to exclude Krzysztof Piatek from his starting lineup, despite being the fittest striker of the club.
He came under scrutiny for the call, but when questioned about this, Gattuso replied: "I chose [Patrick] Cutrone because we wanted the passages to pass quickly. Suso never came back inside, the team seemed worried, we didn't move well ".
Milan's hopes of finishing in the top four now rest on the teams above them and all the falling points. With three teams between them and fourth place, Milan will probably have to take all twelve points from their last four games to have no chance. However, since these all come against half-field teams, the dream of a Champions League the place could still live.