Rafael Leão loved being a Milan captain for a couple of minutes because the Diavolo misplaced to Barcelona.
Milan completed their United States tour with a 1-0 defeat in opposition to Barcelona, nevertheless it was Rafa Leão’s finest efficiency in pre-season thus far, as he dribbled as he likes and created harmful performs.
Rafa accomplished 90 minutes and in the long run, after Theo Hernandez was subbed off, he was additionally performing because the on-field captain.
“We confronted a terrific staff, one which is aware of hold possession,” Leão informed MilanTV. “It’s difficult to take the ball from them, however we stayed stable till the tip. Sadly, we conceded a purpose regardless that Maignan is a superb goalkeeper, it wasn’t straightforward to keep away from. They’ve gamers with the standard to attain like that. Total, I feel the staff did nicely, we created our possibilities however didn’t rating. Nonetheless, this was a superb take a look at for us in opposition to a terrific staff. We’re getting ready nicely for the approaching season.”
On the squad: “We’re robust; the brand new signings have raised the bar for the staff. The Membership did nicely to enter this event, enjoying in opposition to groups of this caliber is necessary for us, and it helps construct our health. The staff is taking form.”
On carrying the captain’s armband: “As Theo was doing off, I instantly informed him: ‘Give me the captain’s armband; I must put on it!’ I’ve wished to put on it in necessary video games many instances, I’ve been right here 4 years now and I used to be proud to place it on right now. I’m delighted.”
On not having a lot of the ball: “These video games occur, after we don’t see a lot possession, so after I get the ball I must make necessary performs to attain or make an help. In different video games, I’ve to be within the sport always when we’ve got extra of the possession. There are video games when our opponents defend deeper, giving us extra time on the ball. This time we confronted Barcelona, it takes work to press them on a regular basis. I spent plenty of time with out touching the ball nevertheless it’s necessary that after I get the ball, I make an necessary play to assist the staff. The coach has talked to me about being extra constant however like I mentioned, generally we’re extra in possession and in management. In others like this one, I’ve to attend for the appropriate second to press, to get the ball, counterattack and harm our opponents.”