Rafael Leao responded to the critics with an important goal for AC Milan against Hellas Verona yesterday afternoon. However, some remain unimpressed by the winger, including the former Rossoneri manager Arrigo Sacchi.
Leao was heavily criticised for his miss in the game against Newcastle, which ended 0-0, as he tried to score with a backheel rather than a normal effort. He responded in the best way possible, though, scoring the winner against Verona.
The former Milan manager Arrigo Sacchi is still not impressed by the winger, stating that he’s holding Milan back. He believes that Leao must track back more and sacrifice himself for the good of the team.
“Leao scored a good goal, but today Milan seem to be tailored for him and this is a limit. His way of being on the pitch, not tracking back and a lack of participation in the group’s work, is preventing Milan from becoming a collective.
“If you want to make a leap in quality, towards a more European football, it’s essential that everyone is functional to the project and that everyone knows how to sacrifice themself in the name of the team,” he told Gazzetta Dello Sport (via MilanNews).
Leao has been a very important player at the start of this season and most people probably don’t agree with the words of Sacchi. Certainly not Stefano Pioli, who knows just how important the winger is for the team.