It’s been a busy Thursday for Krzystof Piatek. After travelling to Berlin in the early hours of the morning, Piatek completed his obligatory medical check and the contract signing with Michael Preetz. “I’m happy to be here and to avhieve the best things possible with the club,” were the 24-year-old’s words to begin the interview with herthabsc.de. In the interview, the Polish striker gave us his thoughts on the city, club, his sporting idols and his goals with the “Old Lady”.
herthabsc.de: Hello Krzystof, welcome to Berlin! What were the most important reasons for you making the switch to Hertha BSC, and what goals do you hope to achieve with the club?
Piatek: Thank you, I’m happy to be here! The biggest thing was the clear plan that the club had for me. We want to each the biggest things possible together. As a striker, I want to score as many goals as possible for Hertha and help the team to rise up the table. A good start in a new league is really important for me. Next season, I hope that we can qualify for European competition!
herthabsc.de: Your nickname is “Il Pistolero”, how did that come about and do you have any others? What do your teammates call you?
Piatek: The nickname “Pistolero” is about my goal celebration, the fans in Italy gave it to me. We’ll see whether it catches on in Germany! I don’t have any other nicknames. My teammates call me Krzys.
herthabsc.de: After a sensational start in Serie A, scoring eight goals in your first six appearances for Genoa CFC, German media began to make comparisons with Robert Lewandowski. How does that feel, and who are your sporting idols?
Piatek: My personal sporting idol is Cristiano Ronaldo. When fans and journalists compare me to a great player like Lewandowski, it obviously feels really good. Robert is one of the best strikers in the world, a class centre forward! But I’m Piatek, I want to go my own way and get the best out of my abilities.
herthabsc.de: Lukasz Piszczek has already done it. Your countryman began his Bundesliga career in Berlin, even played for Zaglebie Lublin in Poland and once with you in the Poland national team. Did you exchange any ideas with him about Hertha BSC and the Bundesliga?
Piatek: We don’t know each other too well, because my international career began just as his was ending. We spoke in and around that last game, but not explicitly about the club or the Bundesliga. Every football fan in Poland knows about that anyway. Apart from Lukasz, a few other Poles have played for Hertha…
herthabsc.de: You could officially be involved soon: your name in English translates to ‘Friday’ and we take on FC Schalke 04 on Friday evening. You’ll be wanting to get into the action in the Olympiastadion quickly, no?
Piatek: Of course I wouldn’t be against making an appearance (he laughs). I’ve never been to the Olympiastadion, but I know of it and am really excited at the prospect of playing there, preferably against Schalke!
herthabsc.de: This is your first time in Berlin. How do you like the city so far?
Piatek: My first impressions of Berlin are really good; of course I’ve only been here a few hours (he grins). I’m excited to be able to discover the city in the future, but first I want to get myself accustomed to Hertha BSC first.
herthabsc.de: What do you enjoy doing while you’re not out on the pitch?
Piatek: Downtime is really important to me and it’s good to relax. That’s what I like doing the most, especially when I get to spend time with my wife and family at home and take the dog out for a walk. It relaxes me and helps me to give my best performance out on the pitch.