AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer believes that he and his team-mates are now ‘stronger’ as the derby win against Inter showed.
Bennacer has been one of the stand-out performers for the Rossoneri so far this season and he put in another positive and determined display against Inter in tonight’s Derby della Madonnina at San Siro.
Milan ended up triumphing 3-2 in what was a game full of drama, as Rafael Leao netted a brace either side of another derby goal for Olivier Giroud. Inter had taken the lead through Marcelo Brozovic, and scored late through Edin Dzeko to make it a dramatic finish.
Bennacer was interviewed by Sky (via MilanNews) at the end of the game to reflect on a huge three points and a performance that ultimately deserved the win.
Are you growing up? “Maybe on the pitch yes, I’m always learning. Now it is true that I have gained a little more experience. I know the team, the staff, the fans better… I really feel like Milan. I feel better but I’m always learning.”
You played better than Inter: “I think our spirit has changed many things, it’s our strength. We have so many incredible players, we feel stronger.”
How much do you miss Kessie, and how do you feel with Tonali? “A player like Franck is certainly missing, but that’s football. When someone goes you have to do everything to make him forget. We are doing well together with Sandro but we can do even better.”
Are you ready for the Champions League? “Of course we will be ready. The Champions is another level, other teams. We have to do everything to be at the best on Tuesday.”