Kessie: Milan ‘strong & fired up’

by | Oct 16, 2019 17:48

Franck Kessie admits Marco Giampaolo needed “a bit more time” but insists Milan are “strong and fired up” for Stefano Pioli’s reign.

Giampaolo lasted just four months as Milan Coach after four defeats in his first seven Serie A games, and he has since been succeeded at the helm by Pioli.

“I heard about the change of Coach with the national team,” Kessie told Sport Mediaset.

“We’re players and we must always give our best, regardless of who’s in the dugout.

Franck Kessie admits Marco Giampaolo needed “a bit more time” but insists Milan are “strong and fired up” for Stefano Pioli’s reign.

Giampaolo lasted just four months as Milan Coach after four defeats in his first seven Serie A games, and he has since been succeeded at the helm by Pioli.

“I heard about the change of Coach with the national team,” Kessie told Sport Mediaset.

“We’re players and we must always give our best, regardless of who’s in the dugout.

“Giampaolo changed our system and there wasn’t enough time for us to do what he asked of us.

“At Milan, however, there’s no time because there’s pressure and other things. I feel sorry for the Coach, but I think he just needed a bit more time.

“There was so much work to do with him but, like I said, when a new Coach arrives it takes time.

“We started preseason without some players. Others, like me, came later and that was a problem.

“I’ve never worked with Pioli, now I’ll see what he asks of me and I’ll try to do what he wants on the field.

“We’re ready to do our best. We’re strong and fired up. We want to get going right away and do our best. We started badly, but we have to react and fight for our objectives.

“We’re determined, but we were also with Giampaolo. This is why I say that he was only missing time.

“We must do our best, like we’ve done so far, to keep fighting.”

Krzysztof Piatek has struggled to replicate his goalscoring form of last season, so what does the midfielder think?

“The penalty taker was Piatek with Giampaolo and he was so because a striker needs to score in order to get better.

“I feel good with him, as I do with everyone else. When a striker doesn’t score, they’re not happy.

“With his national team, however, he did well and I see him fired up. We have to do what we’ve done so far, working as professionals.

“You can’t always win in football. Now we want to get our smiles back.”

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