Kessie and Kjaer: Milan saved in Manchester with the “K factor”

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The Rossoneri offered a great team performance, but the Ivorian and the Dane shone the most (with their first goal for the Rossoneri)

“We played for Milan”. These four words by Simon Kjaer, pronounced in perfect Italian with a slight Danish accent, are enough to describe the devil’s party at Old Trafford. Because tonight it was not at all obvious to see a Milan up to their name and the club’s European history: there were six important absences to deal with, and the opponent was a Manchester Utd galvanized by the success in the derby with City. Kjaer found the right header in the 92nd minute and will be the “best in the field” in the Gazzetta report cards, but there is another AC Milan player who deserves the nomination: Franck Kessie, monstrous throughout the match.

First joy for Kjaer

“K factor”, then. Even more if we consider that Krunic beat the 1-1 corner. Kjaer has no faults on Diallo’s goal (on that occasion Tomori and Donnarumma were not perfect), he made Martial’s evening bad and found his first Rossoneri goal at the perfect moment. Normal to be satisfied at the end of the match: “We dominated for most of the game with great personality, head held high and chest out – his words – I’m happy to have scored, it’s an important goal for the team and it gives us further confidence in view of the return. Unfortunately Kessie’s goal was canceled and it was a mistake, because it was probably regular. It was an episode that changed the game. However we are happy, we have shown that we are strong “.

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Super Franck

Yeah, Kessie’s goal. Many replays were not enough to remove all the derbies on the decision taken with the Var (“hands” difficult to see before the big right). Network canceled for the Ivorian, who tried again but bumped into Henderson. At least one assist could have arrived, but Leao completely “clicked” the conclusion in the 91st minute, after a sumptuous play by Franck, with a soft touch to unmark his partner for the goal. These are the episodes, the highlights, but it was all Kessie’s performance that impressed: against very uncomfortable customers like McTominay and Matic she did not lose the comparison, quite the contrary. Well backed, it must be said, by Meité: in the beautiful evening in Manchester the former grenade also gave comforting signals.

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