Rafael Leão scored a brace for Milan in the 3-0 win over Spezia and stated ‘I am grateful to have started the game’.
The performance of Leão against Rio Ave was hardly convincing on Thursday, but Stefano Pioli decided to field him from the start on Sunday against Spezia.
In the first half it didn’t seem to be the day of Rafael, but in the second half Pioli moved him to the center from the left side of the attack and then everything started to flow: Leão scored his first in the 56′ minute from a Hakan Çalhanoğlu assist, and then got his second in the 77′ minute from a Franck Kessié assist. In between, Theo Hernández scored as well (75′) to give Milan the 3-0 win.
“I always try to help my team in any role the coach places me, whether that’s wide or as a center-forward,” he told Sky Italia. “I’m very happy for the team and for me that I scored two goals after a very intense match. My favorite role? I like to play wide, as there’s space to go one-on-one with defenders. As a striker, I am closer to the goal and have a better chance of scoring.
“I feel the faith of the coach and my teammates in me, I felt that again today, I am grateful to have started the game. The momentum of Milan? After the lockdown, we had great performances and results, so we want to continue like this towards our objective.
“Derby? It’s about taking it one step at a time. The Derby is up next, Inter have more important players clearly, but we are Milan and must try to win.”