Hakan Çalhanoğlu has stated ‘coach Giampaolo says I am an all-round player’ and claimed it has been too long since his last free kick goal.
Çalhanoğlu spoke to Sky Italia earlier today but he also had an interview with MilanTV, discussing several things ahead of Saturday’s game against Brescia (18:00 CEST kickoff at Stadio San Siro):
“I am pleased to be in Milan’s starting XI, it’s not easy to always earn a spot on the pitch. But, as they say, it means I must be doing something right,” he said.
“My role? I like playing as a trequartista but the coach has the final say. It is not my decision to make, I play wherever the coach tells me to. My position always changes, either I’m a playmaker or a mezz’ala, it’s not easy to master and understand all the roles because, the system always changes on the pitch when playing as a mazz’ala; the playmaker’s role is different from that of a mezz’ala. It’s a different role all together. Coach Giampaolo says I’m an all-round player probably because I’m an intelligent player and I quickly understood what he wants.
“This is why people wonder what my exact role on the pitch is. I’ve always said that I want to play as a trequartista. But for the moment I have to just perform at a 100 percent on the pitch whether I play as a mezz’ala or as a playmaker or in any other role in general. The coach always has the final say.
“Scoring more? I’ve always been a good shooter, even in my former team, so the opponents would immediately try to attack me. Now, it’s much harder. I feel bad for not being able to do things well at the moment, I too want to play well for Milan. I want to take my free kicks well, it’s been too long [since I scored].
“But, as I said before, my characteristics have changed since my arrival in Italy because, the coach and the style of play is different compared to that of Germany. Everything is different than it was before and this is my new nature. In order to perform well I have to be able to apply what the coach asks of me.
“Free-kicks? This is how I grew up. I’m renowned for my free-kicks and it is part of who I am. With all due respect to Suso though. He too is a great free kick taker. When there is a free kick to be taken, we decide together. If he decides to take it, I leave it to him because he has good feet and this is how we negotiate on the pitch.
“Playing with Suso? He understands my style of play and my movements and the same goes for me. This is a good thing, we relate well on the pitch. When I get the chance I always look to pass it to Suso, because he always pulls off something creative when he’s with the ball. It’s important to understand such a player. There was a time we played with a 3-5-2 formation with Gattuso and we were closely linked, we played well.
“It’s in the past though, with all due respect to other coaches like Montella and Gattuso. We play with a different system this season and we need time to be able to perform well and as the coach requires of us. Everything has changed now including our positioning and roles on the pitch. I believe we are on the right path though, we have the right mentality and positive spirit to do well. But, in order to perform well we need more time.
“Piątek’s lack of goals? He is a true forward we all saw his goals last season, they were incredible. He is a quality striker. He will be back to scoring goals soon, and I like playing with him because he is a strong forward.”