Giampaolo discusses Piatek’s struggles and Milan’s top four hopes

By Oliver Fisher -

Head coach Marco Giampaolo has insisted that AC Milan must ‘work hard and be strong’ if they are to finish in the top four this season.

The Rossoneri have had a stuttering start to the season, winning against Brescia and Hellas Verona each by one goal margins but losing to Udinese and – most damagingly – Inter.

There are concerns over the style of play seen during the first four games of the season, with only two goals scored and just one coming from open play.

A large part of that has been put down to Krzysztof Piatek’s struggles in front of goal. The former Genoa man scored 22 goals in Serie A last season, but has just one goal from open play in his last 11 league games.

However, Giampaolo told reporters in his pre-Torino press conference that there is ‘no issue’ with the Poland international, despite previously admitting he struggles with fatigue.

“There’s no issue with him. We must all improve in the attacking phase. We have to work to reach fourth place,” he said, via

“We have to work to be strong, then we’ll see where we get. It’s a question that can’t be answered now.

“Torino are a physical and tricky team to face with good individuals, so Milan must go to Turin to play their game.

“Milan are another thing compared to Samp. This Milan has other characteristics, we need to work to make the players perform better.

“There is no Piatek case and no case on the attack line up. My work must help offensive players to do their best.”

You can read our match preview here and see the official 23-man squad here ahead of Thursday’s game.

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