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Wednesday July 22 2020
Bennacer so valuable for Milan

Ismael Bennacer is the unsung hero of Stefano Pioli’s Milan, writes Kaustubh Pandey, and deservedly attracting attention all over Europe.

Milan’s recent upsurge in form has succeeded in attracting the attention of many in Europe. The victory over Roberto De Zerbi’s men on Tuesday saw them stretch their unbeaten run to seven wins and two draws since the lockdown. So much has been said of the importance of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the goal-scoring form of Ante Rebic and rediscovered Franck Kessie. Yet once again Ismael Bennacer shone, and in a game which could have gone either way, the Algerian provided a huge amount of control to a Milan midfield that really needed it.

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Thursday July 16 2020
Kessie: 'Milan are a great team'

Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has been on fire in recent weeks but claims the Rossoneri shouldn’t be surprised by the results against other 'great teams'.

The Ivorian has been one of the protagonists at San Siro since the resumption and he claims the hard work during the lockdown has payed off.

“During the break we continued to work hard. We did what the coach told us to,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “We followed the physical work that the coach gave us and we can see the results.

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Thursday July 16 2020
Pioli: 'Milan reaping rewards now'

Stefano Pioli insists there’s no secret to Milan turning their season around and admits he had problems with Franck Kessie at first. ‘We’re reaping the rewards of working together for six months.’

The Rossoneri keep on registering results, fighting back from a goal down to beat Parma 3-1, allowing them to catch Napoli in sixth place on 53 points.

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Monday July 13 2020
Koulibaly: 'VAR must help us'

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has claimed it ‘didn’t look like a penalty’ as Milan picked up a point at the San Paolo and encouraged the Partenopei to ‘keep working like we are doing’.

Franck Kessie equalised from the penalty spot, as Milan came back to claim a point in Naples on Sunday  

After the match, Koulibaly claimed it’s ‘difficult’ for defenders to avoid giving away penalties in Serie A and calls for VAR to ‘help us’.

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Wednesday July 8 2020
Unbelievable Milan

It seemed hard to believe Milan would be the pivot of the Scudetto race, but after beating Lazio and Juventus, Vijay Rahaman welcomes the sleeping giant back to centre-stage.

Milan have gone from irrelevance to centre-stage in the Scudetto fight, as in the space of three days they beat both the top two and kept the title race alive. Perhaps even more importantly, they showed just what Stefano Pioli’s team are capable of, even in troubled times.

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Monday June 29 2020
Kessie agent praises Gattuso

Franck Kessie’s agent is ‘still in contact with Gennaro Gattuso for various reasons,’ but there hasn’t been a Napoli offer for the Milan midfielder.

Former Rossoneri coach Gattuso is now flying high at Napoli and fresh from winning the Coppa Italia, while closing in on fifth place in Serie A after five consecutive victories.

“Gattuso has this ability to create a strong rapport with his players,” agent George Atangana told Radio Punto Nuovo.

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Sunday June 28 2020
Kessie: 'Milan can beat big clubs too'

Franck Kessie wants Milan to ‘prove we can beat the big clubs too’ when they host Roma this afternoon.

It kicks off at 16.15 UK time (15.15 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

“I expect a very difficult match, but we’ve worked hard and want to show what we did in training,” Kessie told Milan TV.

Stefano Pioli uses the same starting XI that beat Lecce 4-1 midweek.

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Saturday June 20 2020
Everton and Newcastle want Kessie

Everton and Newcastle United have reportedly set their sights on Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, but the asking price is at least €25m.

According to Tuttosport, Carlo Ancelotti had already targeted Kessie when he was in charge of Napoli earlier this season and is eager to try again now that he has taken on the Everton job.

Newcastle are also looking to Serie A for several transfer targets, so believe the 23-year-old Ivory Coast international would suit the Premier League.

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Friday June 19 2020
Kessie: 'Milan are my home'

Franck Kessie has reiterated his desire to stay at Milan, where he ‘feels at home’, and was ‘very happy’ to see Gennaro Gattuso win the Coppa Italia.

Milan registered a goalless draw against Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-finals last week and travel to Lecce on Monday for their first Serie A game since the restart.

“We’ll have to give more than we did against Juventus,” Kessie told SportMediaset.

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Thursday June 18 2020
Kessie: 'Milan must do better at Lecce'

Franck Kessie warns Milan ‘must do much better than we did against Juventus’ if they are to beat Lecce in the Serie A comeback match.

The Rossoneri went out of the Coppa Italia semi-final on away goals to Juventus, but resume their Serie A season next week against Lecce.

“It’s going to be a very complicated game, so we must do much better than we did against Juve,” Kessie told Sport Mediaset. “Lecce are on home turf and really fired up.

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