Franck Kessie has refused to rule out AC Milan’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League despite their dismal start to the season
The Rossoneri have renounced their participation in the 2019/20 Europa League campaign as part of their effort to balance the books and possibly return to the Champions League after a six-year absence.
But, a record of three wins and four defeats after eight rounds of the Serie A fixtures has already jeopardized Milan’s plan to secure a top-four finish this season.
An underwhelming start to the season has dearly cost Marco Giampaolo, who has been sacked during the international break, with Stefano Pioli taking over the reins.
After playing his part in Ivory Coast’s back-to-back wins during the international window, Franck Kessie is ready to continue his adventure at the San Siro under the new management.
“We changed coach, and I still feel bad for Mr. Giampaolo, and I thank him for everything because he always put me on the field like the others,” Kessie told Milan TV, as transcribed by Goal.com.
“A new staff and a new coach has arrived. We need to understand what he expects from us on the field.”
Although his side currently trail fourth-placed Napoli by four points, the box-to-box midfielder believes Milan can improve on a poor start to the season and seal one of the top-four spots.
“It is still possible for me. It’s still early in the season. Nothing is over yet. We have to try our best until the end, just like we did last season,” Kessie responded to the journalist’s question regarding Milan’s Champions League hopes.
Encouraged by a tense 2-1 away victory over Genoa, Silvio Pioli’s men welcome the newly-promoted Lecce to the San Siro on Sunday, looking to post their second straight league win for the first time this season.