AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer has vowed that the team will fight for first place in the table and not just for a top four spot.
After his rehearsal in Florence, the Algerian could find a starting spot in the next league match against Sampdoria after having warmed up his engines with the national team. He did do so without overdoing it too, because a relapse would have been disastrous at this stage of the season given the time he has already missed.
Bennacer was rested for the match against Zambia last week, but he started and played 60 minutes in a 5-0 win over Botswana in an African Cup of Nations qualifier. Milan actually made agreements with the Algeria coach not to force the young midfielder to play too much, because the club does not want to take any chances.
Bennacer spoke to Sky Italia about his physical condition and targets for the rest of the season, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews and translated below.
On the break with the national teams and his condition: “I went to Algeria to play the second game, 60 minutes. I am very well, it has been a long time since I have been so well.
“There are 10 games to go and I, like the whole team, have to give 200%. These are the last steps to try to reach something great. We don’t play to be second or third but to try to be first. We want to get to the best of our chance, then let’s see what happens.”
On Milan as a club: “Milan are a great team with a lot of fans. We want to give everything to the end for them.”