Bennacer: “I need to be more decisive in 2020, we have to give everything for the fans and for the coach, Biglia helps me”

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Ismaël Bennacer during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Ismaël Bennacer has spoken to MilanTV ahead of the game against Atalanta.

The Christmas is very near and tomorrow the Rossoneri will play their last match of 2019, visiting Atalanta at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia (12:30 CET kickoff).

The Diavolo will be without the suspended Theo Hernández and Lucas Paquetá, but they will have Ismaël Bennacer at the heart of the midfield again. The Algerian spoke to MilanTV:

You are on the shortlist for the African Player of the Year…
“I’m happy to have made the final 10. It’s certainly an important milestone for me, now I have to work hard to make sure I always make the list.”

What’s changed at Milanello since your arrival?
“I have played more games now, but it’s the same thing for me, I have the same desire to keep working and doing really well. Obviously, things are better now because I know my teammates and the staff better, everyone that works here…”

Ismaël Bennacer during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

How do you get on with Biglia?
“He gives me a lot of advice, especially when I make mistakes, everyone makes mistakes and he helps me improve a lot, I am learning a lot from him. That’s how it is in football, when you have a teammate like him it’s always advantage.”

Have you settled into the squad?
“I talk to the entire team because we are a team and so I don’t treat people differently. For me, every player is equal although I do have greater affinity with certain players but I talk, laugh and joke with everyone.”

Ismaël Bennacer and Hakan Çalhanoğlu during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Atalanta-Milan without Theo…
“Someone else will take his place and we are confident, we trust whoever will take his place. We’ll be at his side 100% and he’ll help and give everything for the team, that’s what matters. We need to give everything because afterwards we’ll be on break and so we have to give a lot more to end the year well.”

How has your role in the team changed?
“I’m learning a lot of things which gives me more confidence and that allows me to hold onto the ball a bit more when necessary and I try to win it back when I can, and I try to play directly when I can too. But I can still help the team a lot more. I didn’t score against Sassuolo, it was a big mistake because we can’t get these chances wrong, and no professional should, so I need to show everyone that I can score.”

Ismaël Bennacer and Rade Krunić during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

What’s under the Christmas tree for the fans?
“We have to give everything for the fans because they give everything for us. I hope that Sunday’s match will go well. We also need to give everything for our coach because he gives everything, he works really hard. Really, really hard. So we have to do well for him too, because we’re all aware that it’s the coach who pays when we do poorly. So we have to do well for him too.”

What do you hope for in the New Year?
“I want to do better than 2019, I need to work harder and improve. I think I need to be more decisive than this year.

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Rruudboy
Rruudboy
9 months ago

I’m in love with this guy. Though he still make mistakes but he’s just 22 and still got ample room for improvement. I like his fighting spirt and he’s worthy of our beloved MILAN

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
9 months ago

The talent and abilities are there, no doubt. Now you need to continue with same aggressive mentality on the pitch, treat any match like it’s Juve (and not Sassoulo), and you should be fine. Consistency is the name of game in the top teams.

Ted
Ted
9 months ago

Give him the mezzala role, he’s very good driving forward with pace, dribble and creativity. Does not possess necessary physics to be our DM. We need someone like Bakayoko to hold our midfield. Javi Martinez and Matić would be available at a cut price and would add valuable experience as alternative

Milan10
Milan10
9 months ago
Reply to  Ted

“forza king rino! rino forever” – ted 2018/19
“aight, imma be milan10an and say milan should use 4-4-2, milan need todibo as complement to romag, bennacer should play as mezz’ala like he did in afcon” – ted 2019/20
if it aint good character development, i dont know what is. better character development than rey in star wars movies, thats for damn sure. bravo

Ted
Ted
9 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

It used to be fun. Now you are just pathetic. And in desperate need of attention.

Milan10
Milan10
9 months ago
Reply to  Ted

if u want to sound pathetic u should go back to singing “forza rino”
if u want fun then u should hire rino as coach. go ask napoli, oh wait.