Kessie: Pioli and Zlatan have built a family at Milan

Kessie: Pioli and Zlatan have built a family at Milan
Milan's Ante Rebic (R) celebrates with teammate Franck Kessie (L)

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 27, 2020. 14:00

Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie has praised Milan manager Stefano Pioli and superstar teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic for building a “family” at the Rossoneri.

Milan, a club in the doldrums in recent years, have enjoyed an excellent start to the 2020-21 season, with their young and exciting team looking capable of going toe-to-toe with Serie A’s title contenders such as Juventus, Napoli and Internazionale.

The Rossoneri’s success is built around a midfield engine room featuring Kessie and fellow African Ismael Bennacer of Algeria, with the pair bringing power, energy and incisiveness to the team.

Kessie explained that the spirit in the locker room has grown through the year, helped along by the experience and excellence of Ibrahimovic and a fostering of togetherness from Pioli.

“Football is like this, not all moments can be good. We have recovered, we are now a family, everyone works a lot in training, the presence of Ibra helps the team and the coach a lot,” explained the Ivorian international, as quoted by Sempre Milan.

He added, “After the lockdown we recovered well, we went fast, the coach tried to build a family. On the pitch we help each other. The coach is one of us, all the players are important, even those that don’t play. The coach knows how to manage the group.”

On Ibrahimovic’s influence, Kessie said: “He helps us a lot, he’s a champion. He gives everyone a great hand, we hope he can play a lot with us to help us.”

The Elephants player also explained that he is aiming to score more often this term: “I hope to score more than last year. Even if I don’t take penalties, it’s okay, in front of me there is a champion who shoots. I can score even without penalties.”

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