GdS: Pioli tries to help with tactical changes but Leao fires another blank against Sassuolo

By Oliver Fisher -

Rafael Leao was given yet another opportunity to impress at San Siro on Wednesday night against Sassuolo, but failed to convince.

There were high hopes for Leao heading into the last two home games after he had scored the third goal in a 3-1 win away at Parma the weekend before last, breaking a goal drought that stretched back to early January.

Against Genoa on Sunday however he did not look like an expert centre-forward – in fact far from it – and La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) writes how the Portuguese forward again disappointed in the role of deputy to Ibrahimovic last night.

Pioli tried to help him by putting Ante Rebic closer to him and centralising Alexis Saelemaekers – in support of Calhanoglu – but it didn’t help much as the young striker wasted another opportunity to show off in what was a hugely damaging defeat that puts the team’s top four fate in serious doubt.

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4 Comments

  1. qwerty says:

    Leao is another Niang/Balotelli. Sell is the verdict.

    1. bb says:

      Yep. Agree. We’ve seen this story many times before.

  2. Cătălin Popa says:

    He can’t stant on feet, that’s the main problem. When its the case of shooting or running, he falls down. No strenght at all.

  3. Bright says:

    Leao a better talent than Niang ( after that seater niang missed against Barcelona in return leg UCL ) its an embarrassment to compare him to Leao.
    Ballotelli is a better player but he couldn’t fight off the demons distracting him. ( Leao is talented on the wing and he performs well in attacking midfield too.. As A CF No No No.
    * you don’t expect a Mercedes Benz Automobile to perform the works and a Bugatti Automobile.
    ( Belotti is the only tested Bugatti Seria A has to offer in terms of Age General performance ) Maldini and Massara should sign him. His worth more than the 30-35m bill with his age which is same with Rebic.

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