Friday September 23 2011
Denis reflects on change in fortune

German Denis has reflected on his goal-scoring start to the season, and revealed why he thinks he has enjoyed a change of fortune.

The Argentine striker struggled to break into the starting line-up at Udinese last season and scored just three times in 19 appearances.

However, after joining newly-promoted Atalanta this summer, he has three goals from three appearances, including a notable acrobatic effort against Lecce on Wednesday evening.

"When in Udine, my 9-year-old son sometimes saw me sad and would ask, 'Dad, why do you not play?'

"Wednesday night he was at home celebrating like crazy at that overhead kick.

"What is the reason for this change? It is down to the minutes I play. I also feel confidence comes from a diet I am under. I basically removed pasta.

"The rest is basically the same, but where I work hard in Bergamo I play the whole game, whilst in Udine that was not possible.

"I owe it all to [Atalanta sporting director Pierpaolo] Marino who first brought me to Italy, to Napoli. He has always believed in me, even though there is also now the positive opinion of Stefano Colantuono.

"I also cannot but thank [Francesco] Guidolin. He believed in me at Udinese. He taught me many things in training and now I see that team, after so many games, continues to go strong."

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