Pioli happy with Leao, however eager for Ibrahimovic return
Stefano Pioli is wanting ahead to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return, however the Milan coach was happy with Rafael Leao’s efficiency towards Sassuolo.
Leao scored the quickest aim in Serie A historical past – after simply six seconds – as Milan recorded a 2-1 win over Sassuolo on Sunday.
Milan returned to successful methods after back-to-back attracts, and they’re a degree away from rivals Inter atop the desk.
Pioli’s males have managed to remain unbeaten in Serie A by way of 13 video games regardless of being with out Ibrahimovic because the finish of November, the striker – who has scored 11 objectives this season – set to overlook one other month after struggling a calf damage in coaching.
Regardless of his aspect’s kind with out the 39-year-old star, Pioli is eager to welcome Ibrahimovic again.
“To begin with, with Ibra we’re a stronger workforce. He’s a champion and with him the workforce improved below many features,” he instructed a information convention.
“Because of his work many gamers have improved their performances. I hope he can come again as quickly as potential as a result of we want him and with him we’re a greater workforce.”
Leao, 21, is the youngest participant with three-plus objectives within the high 5 European leagues in every of the previous three seasons.
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Alexis Saelemaekers doubled Milan’s lead after the early opener and so they noticed out a win regardless of Domenico Berardi’s late strike.
“I’m very joyful for Leao as a result of typically I ask him extra when it comes to willpower and consistency through the sport,” Pioli mentioned.
“I by no means decide a efficiency by the aim however right this moment regardless of scoring he had an excellent strategy to the sport and he labored loads additionally after we had been defending and was in a position to assist the workforce loads.
“He did all this stuff and together with his particular person qualities if he exhibits this mentality he can change into an important participant if he performs like he did [against Sassuolo].”
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