Thursday February 7 2019
Romagnoli singles out Milan stars

Alessio Romagnoli says Milan ‘enjoy’ having Krzysztof Piatek at the club and that Gianluigi Donnarumma is already a ‘phenomenon’.

Piatek has made an instant impact at Milan, scoring three goals in his first three appearances for the club, while Donnarumma will make his 150th Rossoneri appearance against Cagliari on Sunday, despite only turning 20 later this month.

“I’m taking on the captaincy with great serenity, I have to go on like this,” Romagnoli said at a Nike event in Milan.

“We’re on a good run. We were disappointed not to have won in Rome because we could’ve strengthened our grip on fourth place, but we’re near Inter and there’s still a long way to go.

“We’re out of the Europa League and now we only have a game a week. We must focus and give our best until the end of the season.

“The race for top four is long, but there’s so much of the season left so it’s wrong to make calculations now.

“We must keep improving. There will be many direct clashes, Atalanta, the derby… Plus so many games that seem easy but aren’t.

“We have to do everything to go as far as possible and reach an objective that’s been missed for so many years.

“Our defensive work starts from the forwards and it’s also thanks to them if we’re not conceding many goals.

“The forwards need to be supplied better, even if Piatek scored a brace on his debut. Still, he’s moving well and he scored again last Sunday.

“We enjoy having him here and we hope he can keep scoring at least one goal per game. We hope to win many more games so we can reach the Champions League.

“Piatek’s impressed me with his desire and hunger. You can see he wants to show what he’s all about and that’s important. He’s young and on the right path.

“Gigio is a phenomenon, I’ve always said it. He’s playing at the highest levels and anyone can make mistakes after that.

“To have the impact he’s having on Serie A and the national team at just 19 is something only a few players are capable of, and he’s one of them.”

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