Marco Giampaolo has spoken after the win over Feronikeli, saying that for him Lucas Paquetá is a mezz’ala but he’s still not sure what Rafael Leão’s role is.
Milan won their first pre-season match last night as they defeated KF Feronikeli 2-0 thanks to goals from Suso (26′, great free kick) and Fabio Borini (57′, assist by Rafael Leão who made his debut).
It was a relatively easy game for the Rossoneri who did not need to put in a stellar performance in order to win at the Fadil Vokrri Stadium in Kosovo.
“This game was very different from the previous ones,” Giampaolo told MilanTV at the end of the game last night. “We had been facing really touch teams while on Saturday we faced a decidedly weaker side. I’ve taken some notes on things that need to be worked on and improved. This match has given us plenty of points to think about, work on and improve.
“But this was a friendly in the truest sense of the word [smiles]. The players all got a 45-minute run on the field. The tempo of the match was certainly lower than in our previous games. However, even games like this one can show us elements we need to work on. We will face teams that stand off and wait for us to attack in the league too. Teams that choke up the centre of their half, and we need to know how to break them down, overcome the block of 10 players in 40 meters. But I knew it’d be like this before kick-off.
“These experiences are important, they teach us how to deal with these types of matches during the season. Stronger teams will attack while weaker ones will hold off. You need to know how to handle each situation, be ready for whatever type of match you face.
“The trequartista has to be a technically-gifted player of quality, in my opinion. Skill and flair are a result of a player’s characteristics. You can’t teach them, they’re innate. I can set out guidelines: what to do when not in possession, where to move when you need to find the right position, to receive the ball while avoiding always having your back to the goal… Aside from that, it’s all down to the player.
“Paquetá and Bonaventura? I think Lucas is a mezz’ala, but he needs some instruction. He needs to be more disciplined. He acts on instinct, a lot, and he needs to be more disciplined. In the half hour Jack played, he showed he has quality and he’s got the skill, intuition and vision. He’s a very valuable player, now he needs to reacquire physical awareness, which is the most important thing for him because he’s been out for a lot of months. He needs to be patient, and needs to continue working hard to rediscover his feeling with his own body.
“Leão? He is also an instinctive one. Instinct is fine but there are times when you have to be orderly. He’s just come in and I need to understand what position could best suit him out on the pitch.”