Ex-Atalanta fullback Joakim Mæhle has hit out at coach Gian Piero Gasperini for his autocratic approach. The Dane moved to Wolfsburg from Bergamo on a €12M deal, ending his three-year spell under the Italian manager in the North of Italy.
Speaking to Danish site Tipsbladet in an exclusive talk, Mæhle revealed he felt mediocre at the Gewiss Stadium with no adequate support from Gasperini.
“I needed a new challenge in my career. At Atalanta, I was one of many, while at Wolfsburg I feel part of the project and there is more humor in the dressing room. The coach decided everything, there wasn’t freedom. Even though I lived in a good place and the weather was nice, I didn’t have time to enjoy it because we spent so many days at the training center.”
Mæhle then disclosed an incident involving now Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund that got on his nerves.
“We were together continuously for two or three days just to play a match. It was very hard mentally. It’s a different management style from what I was used to. I was also criticized by Gasperini because Hojlund came in the car with me at training, which I had agreed with the club. After a while you get angry and tired.”
Mæhle finished his Atalanta journey with 6 goals in 96 appearances under his belt.
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