AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has revealed that he feels more comfortable playing in a two-man midfield, and that he feels like a leader in the current squad.
It finally feels like the Ivorian is reaching his true potential as he has been one of the stand-out performers so far this season and has helped his side take up a place atop the Serie A standings.
He and midfield partner Ismael Bennacer – as well as Sandro Tonali – have been a big part of the success of Stefano Pioli’s 4-2-3-1 system.
Kessie gave an interview to SportMediaset about the current moment that the team are experiencing, as well as his role within it and targets for the season.
“I’ve been here a long time, I’m someone who has been here the longest and therefore I feel like a leader,” he said (via MilanNews).
On his role: “I had always played in a two-man midfield, then here at Milan I started playing in a three-man and I think I did it well. In a midfield two I play better.”
On penalties: “I was pleased when Ibra gave me the chance to take penalties. If in a match, however, he feels like it, he can take it. Sometimes a striker needs to score.”
Milan currently sit top of the Serie A table with a three-point gap to Inter in second place, which has some fans dreaming that they could seriously mount a challenge to win a first league title since 2010-11.
“Scudetto? We believe in it, the season is played to win. Our goal is to return to the Champions League, but the Coppa Italia is also important, another competition that is played to win. We fight on all fronts to get as high as possible,” Kessie concluded.