Pioli leaps to defence of Kessie amid double storm surrounding midfielder: “I saw him well”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has jumped to the defence of Franck Kessie amid the storm surrounding the midfielder at the moment.

There is a two-fold hysteria around Kessie currently, the first of which is related to his future as the Ivorian has just a few months left on his contract which expires in June 2022 and he appears to be far away from renewing, so transfer links are rife as are the voices of fans and pundits advising him over his future.

The second issue is that Kessie’s performances – with the exception of the odd game – have not yet hit the same levels he reached last season when he established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the league, if not the best. He gave away a penalty in the derby against Inter for example and was sent off against Atletico Madrid.

Pioli spoke at the pre-match press conference on the eve of the trip to Fiorentina and was asked for his assessments on how Kessie is at the moment, given the many headlines that bear his name.

“I saw him well. In the derby he was judged only for the episode of the penalty, in which he could have done better, but in the second half he grew; he came back well, ready to be available. I’ll try to choose good for those who have to play and for those to take over,” he said (via MilanNews).

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  1. Kessie hasn’t played terribly this season, but he hasn’t been the midfield-dominating rock he was last season.

    I know the phrase has been translated into English, but what on earth is this supposed to mean?

    “I’ll try to choose good for those who have to play and for those to take over”

    1. It means he’ll try choose the right players to start and the right players to come on as subs, but the above is the literal translation!

  2. He made the same or similar mistakes last season as well, but because he was more dominant before and because of the whole contract thing, everything he does now is scrutinized more.

    Last season we were able to forgive those mistakes, now all we do is look for them so we feel better if he leaves. He is far from a bad player now, but he is not as beloved now as he used to be.

  3. He may be thinking about his close friends and family.
    There may be many mouths to feed.
    If it’s all about money, he gave us our money’s worth.

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