Duarte: “It was very emotional to start for the first time, it was important to win, Romagnoli is a reference for me”

6
Léo Duarte and Christian Kouamé during Genoa-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on October 5, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

Léo Duarte said ‘I hope we can find our way to more wins in order to have a positive spell’ after starting in Serie A for the first time last night.

Mateo Musacchio got a red card against Fiorentina and so Marco Giampaolo gave new signing Duarte the nod at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Saturday evening.

The Brazilian played the entire game alongside Alessio Romagnoli at the heart of Milan’s defense. The Rossoneri won the match 2-1 thanks to a second-half comeback inspired by substitutes Lucas Paquetá and Rafael Leão, as goals from Theo (51′) and Kessié (57′ pk) overturned Schöne’s opener. (41′). Pepe Reina also saved a last-minute penalty.

“It was very emotional to start for the first time. It’s something I’ve dreamed since I was a child and it came true, wearing this shirt… I have no words to describe it,” the ex-Flamengo center back told MilanTV. “The win? Yes, very important. We came off three defeats, so I think this win was very important, and after a poor first-half performance we never gave up. That’s how it must be. I hope we can find our way to more wins in order to have a positive spell.

“The partnership with Romagnoli? Alessio is someone that I don’t need to say much more about. He’s a player that I knew when I was in Brazil and despite being young, he’s a reference for me. When we play more matches together, when we train more, we will have a better entente. I think that for a first match together it was valid.

“Settling in? The group is united, they welcomed me very well. I don’t speak good Italian, but they welcomed me very well. They explain to me when I don’t understand something. Little by little, I will get more familiar with them and we will have a better entente. As for the coach, I need to gain his confidence in order to keep playing. And I need to do this every day, in every training.”

6
Leave a Reply

avatar
3 Comment threads
3 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
5 Comment authors
NinoMilan10SuccessorMomodou sowenick Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
Notify of
nick
Guest
nick

Duarte is definitely more solid than Mussachio and should be a starter.

Momodou sowe
Guest
Momodou sowe

That’s true and paqueta also should be a starter in Milan squad

Successor
Guest
Successor

Don’t know bout pioli, spaletti. If it’s not Allegri then bring back Gattuso

Nino
Guest
Nino

At least Spalletti has experience – Champions’ League experience for that matter.

Milan10
Guest
Milan10

well, like i said many times before, to have successful cb pairing u need to pair clean, technical leader in the mold of nesta/rio ferdinand with hard, no nonsense defender in the mold of kohler or vidic. romag and musa fall into clean cb category and duarte falls into the latter category so to pair romag with duarte to have better result is a no brainer really. too bad giamfanculo is too much of le midtable to know that

Nino
Guest
Nino

Precisely. I don’t think Musacchio is that bad. He’s even been better than Romagnoli in some games, but you need the hard man-sleek man pairing.