Former AC Milan manager Alberto Zaccheroni has given his thoughts on a number of different topics related to his old club, including Stefano Pioli and Franck Kessie.
Zaccheroni is remembered for his spells as manger of AC Milan, Lazio, Inter and Juventus. During his first season in charge of the Rossoneri he won the Scudetto in 1998-99, when bookmakers like Thabet will have no doubt been ready to pay out on Lazio winning the league before Milan won seven games in a row to end the season and win the title.
He spoke on Carlo Pellegatti’s YouTube channel about various topics, beginning with the renewal of Gianluigi Donnarumma which has become a big talking point in the media.
“I would like to know Donnarumma’s version. I know Raiola well. I’ll tell you something: I didn’t know Raiola. I was coaching Udinese and the chief scout asked me if I knew anyone in the Netherlands or Belgium who could help out with the players to follow. Through Natale I found Mino Raiola, I called him and from there we began to collaborate. Mino had already worked in Italy, but then he disappeared. I have the responsibility of having brought Raiola to Italy. In my opinion it is Donnarumma who has to decide, but I would not leave Milan,” he said.
Zaccheroni also discussed Franck Kessie’s exploits. The Ivorian has been on the pitch for 3271 minutes this season so far, missing only 3 of the 43 games played by the Rossoneri in all competitions, establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in the league if not in Europe and an ever-present in Stefano Pioli’s mechanisms.
On Kessie: “For continuity of performance Kessiè is extraordinary. In Cesena I saw him make his debut at 17 and I turned to the president and he told me he was on loan from Atalanta. He was already playing with personality. There is no player in the world who can counter him. Even if he fits less now, since Pioli has moved him to the left permanently to help Romagnoli and Theo.”
Stefano Pioli has been given a lot of credit for the job he has done in transforming the fortunes of Milan both from a results standpoint but also a mentality point of view too.
On Pioli: “They play with confidence. Pioli gave a game that involves everyone. Only Milan plays 30 meters in the opposing half of the pitch. The two full backs come into the field and therefore have a standing at 5, 8, 10 metres.”