De Ketelaere reacts to Atalanta win and explains what didn’t work at Milan

By Oliver Fisher -

Charles De Ketelaere has admitted that it was a special occasion for him to play against his parent club AC Milan, as Atalanta got a dramatic late winner.

Milan suffered late heartbreak at the Gewiss Stadium as they twice came from behind but conceded an injury time winner against Atalanta to lose 3-2, with Ademola Lookman netting a brace for the hosts before Luis Muriel won it late on.

Just as the game looked like heading for a 2-2 draw, captain Davide Calabria was sent off for a second yellow card and then Muriel’s backheel a few minutes into added time stole the three points for the Bergamo side.

De Ketelaere got an assist for Lookman’s second goal with a low cross and he spoke to DAZN after the game to reflect on what was a fantastic night for his side and also on a personal note barring a couple of misses, with MilanNews relaying his quotes.

More regret for the missed goal or more joy for the assist?

“I had to score, I have to get better at scoring goals. But today we won and there is a lot of satisfaction.”

How is your growth going?

“I feel good, I try to do what I know how to do and try to improve. I always think about the next match and playing for the team.”

You had a hug with Lookman after the assist…

“We play together up front, we have a different connection. After the missed goal he tried to console me, then I made a good assist and he scored a good goal.”

What is your favourite position? It seems you had too much for Calabria…

“The second half was much better than the first. After the missed goal it took me some time to regain confidence but in the second half I think I did well and the whole team had a great second half.”

What didn’t work at Milan?

“It’s many things, above all it’s also because I didn’t have great performances. Here my position is a little different, here I feel very good. It was different today, special. But in the end we play for the three points and we got them.”

Are you aiming for fourth place?

“We haven’t done so well in the last few. This must give us confidence for the next ones, but we have to go game by game.”


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  1. He destroyed Calabria, good for him to get an assist. He should work on his finishing a bit and continue his growth at Atalanta, if it goes well for him then a big money move to the EPL would be in his fate.

      1. Something happened to him, his finishing when he was at Brugge was one of his strengths, now even I can do better than him…
        He couldn’t adapt to the league like some players can do, it might have been too early for him to join a club like Milan where every game you have to perform. Also, playing under PEPoli when he couldn’t even define a perfect position for him, always playing him out of him took quite a toll on poor guy.

        1. The kid is young and he has very high potential, weather he will reach that potential is yet to be seen. He just needs to calm down let the game come to him and be decisive and rely more on instincts in the final third. However, that assist was perfectly hit and I’m happy to see him enjoying football. The way Lookman picked him up after that missed goal shows how his teammates believe in him and that will only make him better. I really hope he overcomes his obstacles

  2. You don’t celebrate a goal or an assist against your parent club. It’s disrespectful. He shouldn’t have done it and for that, we should seek to sell him to EPL at the end of the season. He’s proven and should never wear a red and black jersey again.

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