Galliani: “Leao and Piatek together? In 2009 we won in Madrid with four strikers”

By Oliver Fisher -

Former AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani refused to comment on the club’s decision to sack Marco Giampaolo and replace him with Stefano Pioli.

The Rossoneri made the decision to dismiss Giampaolo over the recent international break after a run of four defeats in the opening seven games, and Pioli was announced as his successor less than 24 hours later.

Milan were impressive in the first 45 minutes of Pioli’s debut as head coach, heading into the second-half against Lecce with a one-goal lead.

However, they eventually succumbed to a 92nd minute equaliser – an absolute thunderbolt from Lecce full-back Marco Calderoni.

Speaking to Sky Italia about the game and the current state of Milan, Adriano Galliani remained coy about his former club.

“I am an avid fan of Milan, it seemed like the game was won [vs. Lecce]. I hope things go well,” he said, as per

“Pioli? I have a friend at Milan in president, and I know as Gazidis, plus two friends in Boban and Maldini. I don’t want to comment on the choice.”

Speaking about more specific tactical points, Galliani admitted he thinks Rafael Leao and Krzysztof Piatek do have the potential to play together.

“I saw Leao play on the wing and I said in the stands that he is a first striker. He is a striker.

“Leao and Piatek together? Pioli is good, I am convinced that when the players are good you can make them play together.

“With Leonardo in 2009 we won in Madrid playing with four strikers. Pioli will see if these two strikers can play together.”

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