Pioli highlights where Leao has improved and confirms selection battle ahead of Porto game

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli confirmed that there is still a selection dilemma he must resolve ahead of tomorrow night’s game and praised Rafael Leao’s development.

Pioli spoke to the media during his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League game against Porto, and MilanNews relayed all of his comments which we have translated before.

He was asked whether it is possible that Rade Krunic could get his third start of the season and his first in the Champions League during the game at the Estadio de Dragao.

“Yes, he and Daniel Maldini are playing for the starting shirt. Rade has entered well against Verona. When there is an injury it takes a while to get back to 100%, but they need to be played. Rade is fine: he can play either from the beginning or to the game in progress,” Pioli said.

Pioli was also asked to comment on what has impressed him most about Rafael Leao’s start to the season, as the winger has three goals plus an assist in the opening eight league games plus a goal and an assist in the Champions League.

“He is more aware of his qualities and is more into the game. He has great potential, he is doing very well but he can do even more.”

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