NEWS
Tuesday February 5 2019
Piatek 'amazed' by Milan stature

Krzysztof Piatek admits he has been left 'amazed' by the sheer stature of Milan as ‘Clarence Seedorf asked me for a photo!’

Piatek has made an instant impact for Milan since his €35m switch from Genoa last month, scoring three goals in his first three appearances for the Rossoneri.

“I’ve scored goals in Serie A, this is the pressure I’ve chosen,” the Poland striker told Foot Truck.

“I must adapt, but I certainly won’t change. I plan to always be the same person and work like before.

“Milan? Seedorf asked me for a photo! It’s fantastic that people like him know me and want to talk to me, like Shevchenko in the dressing room before the game against Napoli.

“After I signed my contract, I received a message from Alvaro Morata: he told me he watches me and wished me good luck. That’s also fantastic.

“My celebration not in Poland? I wasn’t prepared, but it’s true that after I scored my second goal, I made the gesture and it stayed with me.

“It’s been fantastic to score as many goals as I have and the fans in Italy have gone crazy. Do I work on free kicks? I stop after training because a striker must score goals from any position.

“I’ve improved physically and also in terms of holding off challenges and speed. Lately I’ve become more accurate with my shooting.

“Now I’m getting more shots on target. After training I work on the positioning of my feet. If you see my first goals in Serie A, they’re very similar.

“My first shirt was a Real Madrid jersey with Ronaldo on it. I then got a Manchester United one with [Cristiano] Ronaldo on it and an Arsenal one with Henry on it.

“Coming here? It was a step forward for me in my career. I was amazed after I arrived at Milanello.

“My debut against Napoli? I was so focused that I couldn’t even hear the chants from the fans, only before the game when I was still in the tunnel and the announcer was saying the players’ names.

“When I know that I’m playing from the first minute, I never get on the pitch without warming up. That’s my ritual.

“However, if I’m on the bench then I’m more relaxed and go to see the stands. Once I had my headphones in next to all the substitutes, who were sitting on the bench.

“I entered the field alone and heard the applause. I took off my headphones and everyone… wooow!

“I applauded too and the atmosphere grew. It was an incredible emotion. That’s how the Milan fans welcomed a new player who hasn’t done anything for the club yet.

“After my first training session in Italy I said: if I score 12 goals this season, I’ll be happy. But my appetite comes with eating.

“I must work hard every day, in every training session. The results will follow. It doesn’t matter if I’m playing at San Siro, for Cracovia or Poland.”