Piątek: “Giampaolo is very demanding, my life has changed after the transfer to Milan, Kessié is an incredibly crazy guy, Paquetá and I are close friends”

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Krzysztof Piątek during Udinese- Milan at Stadio Friuli on August 25, 2019. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Krzysztof Piątek gave a candid interview to ‘Foot Truck’, talking about his move to Milan, life under Marco Giampaolo, and his relationship with Lucas Paquetá.

Piątek joined the Rossoneri from Genoa in January 2019 but still managed to finish as the Top Scorer of the Rossoneri.

But Krzysztof has found things difficult in pre-season and despite his best efforts failed to score in the first two Matchdays of the 2019/20 Serie A season. The Polish striker is currently on international duty and today he gave an interview to Foot Truck.

“Why I stopped scoring? [Laughs] Actually in official games I have not scored in only a game and a half,” he said, as reported by Milannews.it. “After pre-season I wasn’t as physically ready as I am now. My legs were still heavy and I felt it in the last sessions and also on the first Matchday against Udinese, so I wasn’t fresh. But now I’m already in shape and I feel good. Then there’s also the new coach, the new system and this system is not simple to implement and we all have to learn the new system, but it takes time because the system is demanding.

Krzysztof Piątek during Udinese-Milan at Stadio Friuli on August 25, 2019. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

“Defenders in Italy? There were occasions against Cesena [in the pre-season game which ended 0-0] in which defenders were holding me with both arms, like in a fight. For me it’s strange that the referees in Italy protect defenders more than forwards. It doesn’t seem normal to me because the attacker must attack and the defender must defend. When one attacks then it’s obvious that everyone defends themselves as they can in different ways.

“If I was lucky last season? I don’t look at it that way. I didn’t expect such a strong season. If you score 30 goals in 48 matches you are not lucky. If you score 8 goals in 5-6 games then you may have had luck, but it wasn’t like that. This season I have to confirm it, but it’s not an obsession. I scored a lot last season, both for the club and for the national team, so you can’t just talk about luck. In the friendly matches with Genoa I scored a lot compared to those with Milan because were playing against teams from Serie B, C and D. Instead, at Milan you play against Benfica and Bayern Munich and against teams that would soon start their league campaigns.

“The curse of the #9? Giampaolo jokingly told me that people take these things seriously. In the last game against Brescia, when the ball almost crossed the line, the players joked with me in the locker room saying ‘why this #9? Change it’, but I’ve always wanted to play with it. In general, I’ve always wanted to play with the number 9 because I think the striker should have this number, and when there was a chance to get it I asked for it immediately.

“The type of striker I am? I’m not a complete #9 and certainly I have some gaps like everyone else. A lot of people in Italy say that I’m a typical number 9, a typical poacher that is always lurking in the box, and that I have difficulty playing outside the box. I don’t agree with that too much because when I look at the statistics after the games I see that I have a lot of touches on the ball and that I participate in the game. I certainly have to work on my headers and my shot with the left foot, and on playing with my back to the goal. I think I already do it well but I can improve.

Krzysztof Piątek and Frank Kessié celebrating during Milan-Frosinone at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 19, 2019. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

“Who make people laugh in the locker room? [Laughs] There’s only one – Franck Kessié. He’s very, very positive and incredibly crazy. He doesn’t care, he enters the locker room screaming, dancing, turning on the music when everyone is one their phones. Bakayoko used to always dress in fashion, he was the ‘top model’ on the team, always with branded clothes and watches.

“The relationship with Paquetá? Somehow we can communicate, with a broken Italian. Sometimes he says something Portuguese and uses sign language. Gattuso was always confused about how we got on so well, but we are close friends. He has incredible potential. He not only has technical skills, but also powerful legs and he’s physically strong. He also has that talent and that ability to take risks and that makes Giampaolo angry at times, but he’s a player who needs to be given confidence.

“Fabio Quagliarella [who won the top scorer award under Giampaolo last year]? I hope to win one day the Capocannoniere award, but to do so there is still a lot of work to be done. I have great respect for Quagliarella, who was the Capocannoniere at this age. I wanted to win but I couldn’t.

Krzysztof Piątek and Frank Kessié celebrating during Milan-Frosinone at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 19, 2019. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

“The way Milan play? Milan is a completely different team compared to Genoa. At Genoa we played simple football. When we faced the big teams we were playing with long balls for me or for Christian Kouamé and we were there fighting. At Milan we sometimes miss these simple balls to fight for with the defenders. I like to win these battles in speed and pick up the ball from a long pass. At Milan we play more with the ball and with possession, but I think sometimes you have to look for the simplest solution and play a long ball or after two touches switch the play. I’m definitely missing these balls as a striker and maybe this can also be a problem.

“My move to Milan and its consequences? My life after the transfer to Milan has changed. More people recognize me and Milan opened the doors for me for many things, not just football. I’m happy about this, but for of all I am aware that football, together with my family, is the most important thing for me. I also live in a neighborhood where there are not so many people, so I can easily go out for a walk with my dog, but sometimes even there someone recognizes me. I’m pleased with this fact that people know me, but it’s certainly difficult to walk near the Duomo. I went with my wife to a restaurant once and when we went out, 20-30 people were running behind us. I ran away with a taxi but people were still knocking on the taxi window and asked for photos. It’s also difficult to shop at the supermarket because there are so many people asking for a photo.

Krzysztof Piątek at the end of Milan-Brescia at Stadio San Siro on August 31, 2019. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

“The pre-season? We had a really intense preparation, where we worked a lot on the muscles in the gym. I’d thought I’d get rid of the fatigue but I carried it until the last friendly matches. Giampaolo? He is very demanding and he always has 15 options ready for a play. For us it was difficult because many of us were still absent at the start of the pre-season and for 75 percent of it there were a lot of guys from the Primavera, so we didn’t have the chance to try all the plays that Giampaolo wanted. Now it seems to me that everything is going in the same direction and that we are improving from one day to the next.

“There is still a lot to do in defense, in pressing and in attack. I’m trying to move like the coach asks because I’m aware of being able to believe in this way and to be able to become even stronger.”

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El pharaoh

Theo, paqueta, rebic. The left side is gonna shred. If giampaolo stops being an arrogant ah. Play the players In the natural position. Enough experiments. Give the service to piatek and he will deliver

A Little
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Why experiment when we have the players for each position. Can anyone please tell me why oh why doesn’t they play calhanoglu behind the strikers he’s good with both feet and his head.why do they play him on left.if gattuso had done that would have saved his job

victor
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victor

Agree. The coach must adapt his plans to suit the players, and not the other way round. Giampaolo, with your grand ideas you have already cost us three points.

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AxelBlaze

Totally agree and 4-3-2-1 imo is the future. Rebic and Suso behind the striker, Paqueta-Bennacer-Kessie midfield. Suso can be creative playmaker but CAM is too much for him RCM is a perfect fit, not entirely CAM, nor RW. If he fails to live up-to his preseason form and will start slacking off, like last year, we should get rid of him and get James, van Beek or Bruno Fernandes. Eriksen would be a dream but i don’t think we can pull it off. And we definitely have to go for Augustin Almendra as a Biglia replacement. Those two moves are… Read more »

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Rosored

He is literally asking for simple long balls that gives him 1-1 situations with the defenders. Let’s see if Giampaolo’s hears him. Last year if you look at his goals they were mostly from long crosses and he somehow was there to deliver! A good coach takes advantage of his squads strength. 4-3-1-2 is not fit for this squad. We don’t have a good playmaker. We have wingers.

macho
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This idiotic coach will not listen.this team is built to play 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 cos we dont have a playmaker.

Big Dog
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Big Dog

Yes we three playmaker, Paqueta, Calhanoglu and Jack but the coach refuses to try them in that position. Paqueta would look like Rui Costa in that position with personality, technique and strong mentality. But mark me as the first who said that Giampaolo is not genius. I wouldn’t call him a fool only out of respect. But I would say that he could be our worst coach ever.

Ashraf
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Hakan and paquata are not milan material we don’t have to waste our time for that bland girls we got better players Bonaventura and krunic Giampaolo open ur eyes

Rossokaka
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Rossokaka

Bro you sound like a damn fool

Chris
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Chris

We have players who can play as playmaker but Not Trequartista. At this position, the player has to have characteristics of both CAM and forward like Kaka’, Totti, Messi,…or recently Joao Felix. i think a classic number 10 such as Rui Costa, Riquelme,…will find hard to play nowaday as football is getting quicker and the appearance of Anchorman players does not allow them so much space to perform

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PingPong

This wont work with milan…. Genoa is a small clubs, most clubs will have a high defensive line and attack them. There will be a lot of space for counter attacks there. We are a top club where the opposition have 10 men in defense and there are no space behind. Piatek is the one that don’t understand basics here.

Nino
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@PingPong, Piatek wants it as an option. He is not saying Milan should resort to just long balls, but that it can be an option. The team should be able to switch tactics when one is not working. It makes perfect sense.

PingPong
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PingPong

Ofc, if the opposition team is out of shape we will use that option. Its obvious. But that rarely happen at this level.

PingPong
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PingPong

Not to mention that every time this opportunity present it self and we make that diagonal pass over the top, the opposition defender blows on Piatek and he falls.

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Nathan Graegin

@pingpong exactly, teams don’t sit deep against Genoa, they sit deep against the big teams. He needs to learn how to play as a focal point. He’s not fast and everyone is used to him now. His problem is he doesn’t have good link up play, and outside of the box, he has horrible off ball movement. Notice how cutrone plays, he doesn’t have lots of speed, but like pippo, he stays on the last defender to try to beat offside trap while also making himself available to receive the ball even on the wing areas. Watch piatek and you… Read more »

Kim
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Kim

Conti should be playing, for me he’s more productive than Calabria.

A Little
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Yes exactly

Big Dog
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Big Dog

Calabria beats Conti in every way except for his speed which isn’t fast for a full back.

Ashraf
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That is joke it’s like u said donkey is better than horse unbelievable conti is class player Calabria is just average player

Tsep
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Tsep

This has to be a joke. Where did this come from?

Tsep
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Tsep

Lol no way. where’s the proof? Atalanta form was how many years ago? Calabria wasn’t awesome in the last 2 games,but he’s been great

Gman
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Gman

Conti played as a RM for Atalanta!

Martinase
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Martinase

Long balls forward. Just watch Genoa. And also most of his goals last season

Nino
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Nino

“The relationship with Paquetá? Somehow we can communicate, with a broken Italian. Sometimes he says something Portuguese and uses sign language. Gattuso was always confused about how we got on so well, but we are close friends. He has incredible potential. He not only has technical skills, but also powerful legs and he’s physically strong. He also has that talent and that ability to take risks and that makes Giampaolo angry at times, but he’s a player who needs to be given confidence.”

I think Giampaolo needs to understand the meaning of the word CHEMISTRY.

Ted
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Ted

Don’t expect to see Paqueta, Hakan or Jack behind the strikers. I read interview with Giampaolo where he said for him a trequartista is someone who is more of a striker than a midfielder meaning he will mostly be rotating between Suso, Castillejo, Rebic, Borini and if necessary, use “more midfield suited players” Jack, Paqueta and Hakan.

And what if Bennacer gets injured? I don’t trust Biglia to hold the midfield together. He’s past it.