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Sunday March 17 2019
Kaka: 'Piatek and Paqueta decisive'

Ricardo Kaka trusts Milan will win tonight’s Derby della Madonnina with goals from Krzysztof Piatek and Lucas Paqueta, but “comparisons are unhealthy.”

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“Milan will win the Derby. I predict goals from Piatek and Paqueta,” grinned the Brazilian to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Some have already compared Piatek to Andriy Shevchenko, with Paqueta taking on the mantle of Kaka, even though they’ve both only been in the Rossoneri jersey for a couple of months.

“Piatek is very strong, a real hitman, but I think comparisons are unhealthy. What impresses me the most about Piatek is that he is always in the right place at the right time. He’s a really impressive signing.

“As for Paqueta, again, I don’t find comparisons to be fair. I do believe he made the right choice coming to Europe with Milan and the Rossoneri did well to invest in young talent.

“I expect Leonardo will be as important for him as he was for me. It’s nice to see that passion between Brazil and Milan revived, while seeing Paqueta does remind me of my time there.

“Paqueta and Piatek will write their own stories, they don’t need to think about comparisons with anyone else’s.”

Kaka was teammates with Gennaro Gattuso, who defied many critics to prove himself an effective Coach.

“You saw how much of an impact he made during the difficult moments. Rino has Rossoneri DNA and if he gets them back into the Champions League, it’ll be perfect.

“It’ll take time, but we can talk about a Renaissance of Milanese football. Inter already got back into the Champions League, even if it didn’t go very well, while Milan are currently third in Serie A.

“Juventus are a long way off, but Leo and Paolo Maldini are working well and the team is improving, even with relatively little spent on the transfer market. It is important for the club to steady itself on a financial level too.”

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