Shevchenko discusses Milan-Spurs, Pioli’s work and what De Ketelaere ‘needs to find’

By Oliver Fisher -

Andriy Shevchenko believes that AC Milan are growing and heading in the right direction, while he backed Charles De Ketelaere to eventually blossom from his current difficulties.

Shevchenko spoke during an interview with MilanNews while at the ‘United For Ukraine’ event tonight and he began by speaking about the return leg against Spurs which comes next month after the Rossoneri won 1-0 at San Siro.

“It will be a very difficult away match. Tottenham are playing very well at home and will pick up the pace. I see a growing Milan, which did well against Tottenham and are bringing home important results. The fans have given an important boost to the team, which had a very different pace and has found serenity. I hope it can find continuity of results,” he said.

“I think Milan will lack some experience since it has been a long time since they have played at these levels but as a Milan fan I hope they will be competitive.”

It was confirmed earlier today that head coach Stefano Pioli is the winner of the prestigious Panchina d’Oro award for 2021-22, a yearly award given to the best coach in Serie A for the previous season, and Shevchenko is a fan of his work.

“Milan won the title last year, it’s normal that there can be difficult moments in a season. I see that the team is emerging from this period. Pioli was named best coach in Serie A and it’s right to congratulate him. I would like to also send a message to Alberto Zaccheroni, an important person for my career who I hope will be well.”

Finally, Sheva gave his thoughts on De Ketelaere who continues to be the target of some criticism given that he is yet to score a goal since arriving for over €30m in the summer.

“De Ketelaere needs to find the grit within himself. He lacks a bit of experience but on the pitch you can see that he has the technical qualities. He lacks a goal to unlock himself: having the opportunity in every match, I think he will arrive soon.”

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