AC Milan must believe in their ability to produce a comeback in the Scudetto race, but they need the best version of Rafael Leao in order to have a chance.
The upcoming weeks’ schedule might be Milan’s friend, according to reports from Tuttosport (via MilanNews) today. Inter will be playing behind schedule because of the Supercoppa Italia. They were supposed to play Atalanta this weekend, but they will instead play them later.
Since the Nerazzurri and Juventus game is coming up on February 4th, which will undoubtedly cost one or both of the clubs points, a win tonight will put Stefano Pioli’s team within six points of Inter.
Moreover, Milan will take on Max Allegri’s team and Simone Inzaghi’s team in rapid succession at the end of April. In summary, the Rossoneri still have chance for a return on paper, but they will need to be extremely consistent, consistent, and lucky.
The finest players for Milan will also need to play that way, starting with Rafael Leao, who is undoubtedly not having a terrific game right now. In his press conference yesterday, Pioli was eager to defend the winger’s efforts.
“He is playing much more for the team, his key passes and his assists have increased,” he said. But it is obvious – as the coach himself later clarified – that for a forward, goals are everything.
The No.10 has not scored a goal in the league since last September 23rd, which is far too long, and he has also had few shots on target. The hope is that Zlatan Ibrahimovic can also play an important role as a motivator as already happened in the past.