Gattuso impressed by AC Milan's latest acquisition Krzysztof Piatek
Written by: Atrayo Bhattacharya
The Pole scored a brace as the Rossoneri came from behind to beat Atalanta on Saturday.
AC Milan's latest acquisition Krzysztof Piatek has already started firing in all cylinders and experts all over the world believes that this can be the start of his legacy at the San Siro. The Polish forward earned all his credentials at Genoa with his exceptional poaching abilities and the 23-year old has replicated similar form for his new club.
He joined Milan only in the winter transfer window after a transfer saga which also saw Gonzalo Higuain joining Chelsea and Alvaro Morata ending up at Atletico Madrid.
Piatek scored a brace and inspired the Rossoneri come from behind and beat Atalanta 1-3 away from home. The Polish marksman has already notched up six goals for his new club in only five appearances.
Milan were trailing by a goal from midfielder Remo Freuler as Piatek came up with a terrific equaliser from Ricardo Rodriguez's cross in the dying exchanges of the first half. Hakan Calhanoglu gave Milan the much-needed lead in the second half as Piatek came up with his second-the perfect icing on the cake.
He has impressed everyone with his goalscoring abilities and AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso is no different. The former Italy international heaped praises on his forward's stunning form.
"In seven to eight months [in Serie A] everyone has become accustomed to these goals," Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia .
"Piatek is a player that lives to score goals. He is doing well with his movements and he has superior technical skills. We are happy to have him with us."
"In general, I don't want to hear individuals spoken about, but the group. Results are helping us, they're bringing enthusiasm. We need to continue like this and work with a sense of calm."
Piatek who also scored a brace in AC Milan's 2-0 win over Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli in the Copa Italia quarter-finals had only good things to say about Gattuso.
"He's a great coach and he was a legend for this club," Piatek told Milan TV.
"I feel like I'm in a family here, I feel very good and I'm happy. I need to carry on like this while looking to help the team."
The win keeps Milan in their favoured Champions League spot with Roma also in close vicinity at fifth position with a game in hand. This defeat came as a shocker for Atalanta as this was their first defeat in seven Serie A fixtures which saw them slide down to the seventh position in the league table.
However, manager Gian Piero Gasperini was looking for answers after this defeat. "I don't know why we lost conviction," Gasperini said. "It must no longer happen because this Atalanta side must play without pressure
"We are not a team that is supposed to make the Champions League."
Gattuso and his men faces Empoli next in Serie A, followed by the all important fixture against Lazio in the Coppa Italia semifinals. The former Italy international will be hoping that Piatek keeps firing for them as they seek top four finish this season.
Published: Sun Feb 17, 2019 03:10 PM IST