Capello criticises Leao, Paqueta in scathing assessment of Milan’s current situation

By Oliver Fisher -

Former AC Milan boss Fabio Capello has criticised his old club for lacking ‘personality’, taking aim at two players in particular.

The Rossoneri were beaten at home in the league by Lazio for the first time in 30 years on Sunday night, with Joaquin Correa netting the winner seven minutes from time.

The defeat is Milan’s sixth in 11 games to start the season, their worst beginning to a campaign since the 1941-42 season.

Pressure is growing on head coach Stefano Pioli to start delivering results already, but with Juventus (away) and Napoli (home) next up, there is a chance the team could be looking over their shoulders from their current spot in the bottom half.

Capello spoke to Radio Anch’io Sport about Milan, essentially admitting they are in a crisis of sorts.

“Milan are in trouble. The players are not of Milan level, you can tell. They are playing with fear,” he said (via

He then criticised Lucas Paqueta and Rafael Leao for not meeting expectations, and also aimed a dig at Alessio Romagnoli for not being captain material.

“They don’t have any personality and they don’t perform according to their set value.

“Paqueta has quality, but he doesn’t show it. Leao made me nervous against Lazio. He needs to keep playing when Milan don’t have possession.

“Yesterday he played only when he had the ball at his feet. I repeat, I think the problems Milan are facing are in their heads.

“When you don’t have a lot of quality and your head is not working. The situation at the club might have an impact.

“I don’t see a leader, a captain, not only someone who wears the armband, but a player who can also help extend the ideas of the coach and create a collective.”

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