Hakan Calhanoglu praised Stefano Pioli after Milan’s 5-1 win over Bologna. ‘He’s very important for me and the team. We’re lucky to have a coach like this.’
The Turkey international has flourished since the move to a 4-2-3-1 formation, after years of not quite being able to find his form at San Siro.
“I am happy. We played many games with this system and this position, so it’s how I wanted to play,” Calhanoglu told DAZN.
“We were tired, but showed our heart and mentality, because Bologna always play one-on-one and it wasn’t easy. We pressed high, created many chances and scored the goals to win it.”
Calhanoglu also made a clear statement to the club, who are in negotiations to bring in Ralf Rangnick for next season.
“Pioli lets me play the way I want to, he talks to me off the field too and helped me a lot. I can say that I play for him too, because he is a very, very important person for me and everyone in the team.
“We’re really lucky to have a coach like this working with us.”