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Ismael Bennacer Discusses His Role At Milan And The Upcoming Juventus Game

Milan's new midfielder discusses his aspirations and the upcoming game against Juventus.

Ismael Bennacer of Ac Milan during the Serie A match... Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images

Ismael Bennacer spoke to the press about his desire to become a leader at AC Milan. The Algeria international has joined the club this summer from Empoli after winning the Africa Cup of Nations and has only recently established himself into the starting line up under new manager Stefano Pioli. The midfielder has taken up a defensive midfield role either as the regista or as a deep mezzalla with Kessie.

“I feel good and I’m sorry about how that match ended [when Milan lost 2-1 to a late Lazio goal last weekend],” he told Gazzetta dello Sport via Football Italia.

“Previously I played in an attacking position, but for the past year-and-a-half I’ve been playing in front of the defence.

“It has taught me a lot, but I still have a long way to go before I say it’s good. I know I must be a more of a leader. I need to speak more, something my role requires.

“I need to learn how to give my teammates the best indications, to control the difficult moments.

“Today I’m already talking a lot on the pitch, but outside I’m very quiet. But I need to do it even more.

“And I need to grow tactically, to look for the ball, to know how I can pull away from the pressure and be available for my teammates.

“Obviously, Milan are Milan and Empoli were Empoli. But football is the same everywhere, I only play with better players now. That’s why I say I’m not affected by the pressure; I think it will do me good.

“The mistakes are still there, but they don’t depend on where you are. I repeat, I know which areas I must improve and my choice to come here has been the best I could have done.”