Kessie: “It is not my position that makes me play well, it is the spirit of the team” – video

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has insisted that his team-mates provide him with the motivation needed to perform at his best level.

Kessie is enjoying constant growth and is increasingly becoming a mainstay of Milan amid their recent resurgence. He has netted three times in the last three games, forming an effective double pivot with Ismael Bennacer.

The Ivorian was interviewed by Milan TV after the game against Parma, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews.

On the goal against Parma: “We were down 1-0, we had to react immediately, in the first 15 minutes of the second half, otherwise we would have struggled to hit back. I tried from afar and it went in.”

About feeling like a pivot in the midfield: “A coach comes, sees me in training and makes his choices, I don’t have much to say about this.”

On the improvements he has made: “In a tactical way, I have been in Italy for five years and I have learned more than the past years.”

On the role that lets him perform best: “It is not my position that makes me play well, it is the spirit of the team, everyone is working, everyone is giving their best for the result.”

On his future: “I have to work even more and improve further in the next games, because what has been done is done, I have to think about the future and give my best.”

On penalties: “The penalties are taken to score goals, or you score or make mistakes. There is nothing to say, you take the shot and if you score it, perfect.”

On the penalty left to Calhanoglu: “I have a wonderful relationship with everyone, we see it in the same way with Hakan. On the pitch he asked me if he could throw it and I left it to him.”

On the current run of good form for the team: “It is not yet a magical moment, we are seventh in the standings and we have to give everything we have to reach those who are ahead of us and reach our goal.”

On the match against Bologna: “A very difficult match, we must give 150% to collect the three points.”

On Maldini’s compliments: “When you receive compliments it’s always nice, but the road is long, I have to give even more until the end.”

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