Kessie discusses the reasons for Milan’s recent success as he praises Ibrahimovic’s impact

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has revealed that he and his team-mates are going through a ‘wonderful time’ at the moment.

Milan’s unbeaten run has now been extended to 24 games across all competitions after a 2-1 win over Udinese on Sunday, and now some pundits and fans are beginning to think this is a side that can challenge for silverware this season, let alone down the line.

Inside the final 10 minutes, Ibrahimovic came up with the decisive contribution as his bicycle kick from close range sealed a vital three points for Milan.

The result means that Milan move on to 16 points from their opening six games, four points above Atalanta in second albeit with Napoli in third having a game in hand.

Kessie spoke to Milan TV after the game against Udinese, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews and translated below.

“We worked a lot on this match. Playing in Udine is tough because they’re a physical team that doesn’t let you play. We did everything to find these three points,” he said.

In the 18th minute, the Rossoneri took the lead. In truth the goal was made by Zlatan Ibrahimovic; the Swede taking the ball down brilliantly inside the box and holding off his man before rolling the ball into the path of Franck Kessie who thundered his effort in off the crossbar from the penalty spot.

On his team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he added: “I am very pleased to play alongside a champion like Zlatan. He is showing his qualities. We have to follow this champion to get as high as possible. He does everything to help the team.”

On his goal, Kessie said: “I looked for the goal. I entered and found Ibrahimovic looking for a solution. A good goal has arrived.”

Where can this Milan go? “We are having a wonderful time. The coach’s staff are very prepared and help us. We try every day to talk in the locker room and help each other. We have Ibrahimovic helping us and we must continue like this until the end.”

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