Positive debut for Mandzukic as Italian newspapers rate his performance vs. Atalanta

By Isak Möller -

Despite only just joining the team, Mario Mandzukic made his debut last night as he came off the bench against Atalanta. Although Milan suffered a heavy defeat, the Croatian generated positive reviews in the media. 

The striker decided to take the No.9 shirt for the Rossoneri, hoping to break what has been somewhat of a curse as few strikers have managed to succeed with that number in the last ten years. A challenge, no doubt, that will fuel him.

Stefano Pioli subbed Mandzukic on with 20 minutes to go last night, and his presence on the pitch was very clear. He had a positive impact on the game and nearly scored straight away, but was denied by the goalkeeper.

Gazzetta Dello Sport gave him a rating of 6 (all out of 10), Corriere Dello Sport 5.5, Corriere Della Sera 6 and Tuttosport 5 (via Calciomercato.com). Decent numbers for the striker, considering the ratings the other Milan players got.

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