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Kessie backs Gattuso & Higuain at AC Milan

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AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie praised both Gennaro Gattuso and Gonzalo Higuain, despite their recent struggles

The pressure has been growing on Gattuso’s shoulder’s in his first full campaign in charge of the Milan team following a run of just two wins in their last eight Serie A outings.

This drop in form has seen Milan relinquish their hold of fourth-place in the standings to Lazio. Aside from that, the Rossoneri suffered a shock group stage exit in the Europa League.

But Kessie insists Gattuso is a fantastic manager who keeps them all focused on their objectives.

“Gattuso’s a great coach,” Kessie told Calcio2000.

“In general, when you play, the coach always likes you… but he’s an honest guy. When it’s time to work, you work.

“With him, you have to be focused. If you don’t give everything, he yells at you. Once our work is finished, however, he leaves you free to do whatever you want.”

The Ivory Coast international is also certain that Juventus loanee Higuain will help them achieve Champions League qualification after recently ending his two-month goal drought against SPAL.

“Higuain’s a great champion,” added Kessie.

“He’s very good and a true professional. We believe in him so much and we know he can take us forward.”

Milan will return from the Italian winter break on January 12 away to Sampdoria in a last-16 Coppa Italia clash.