Journalist Paolo Condo explains how the combination of Rafael Leao and Theo Hernandez on the left wing unbalances AC Milan’s opponents.
AC Milan are back to the top of Serie A after a very important win against Napoli. Thanks to a single goal from Olivier Giroud, the Rossoneri secure three points away from San Siro and Stefano Pioli gets his first win over Luciano Spalletti. As always, Rafael Leao and Theo Hernandez played a key role in AC Milan’s win.
When the former Lille is in fine form, he becomes truly unstoppable for his opponents. The 22-year-old left winger has become a pillar of the squad finally showcasing his true potential. The Portuguese gem has scored eleven goals this season and assisted six. The Hernandez is having an equally impressive season with four goals and nine assists so far. Excellent numbers for a full-back.
AC Milan’s left wing has been lethal throughout the year. It is on that side, in fact, that Pioli’s team easily manage to create numerical superiority. Few, perhaps no one in Serie A, have a pair of wingers like the Rossoneri made up of Theo Hernandez and Rafael Leao. A couple that gives the opponents nightmares.
Paolo Condo spares no praise for AC Milan’s left wing. The renewed Italian journalist has made illustrious comparisons on the pages of La Repubblica to make it clear how strong are Stefano Pioli’s two aces.
“Leao’s recovery has given Milan back the left backbone that is their real advantage. Theo Hernandez scored two goals against Venezia. It often happens that Theo puts his name on the scoresheet but this is not (only) the point. When Theo and Leao dialogue and overlap, taking advantage of an additional game accelerator such as Tonali, AC Milan unbalance the opponents by forcing them to overload that side and freeing up spaces elsewhere.
The combination of the full-back’s power and the striker’s lightweight class is worth flattering international comparisons. Hernandez and Leao could replicate Real Madrid’s Alaba-Vinicius, Bayern Munich’s Davies-Sane, or Liverpool’s Robertson-Mane. These tandems have already done great things in the Champions League but the potential of the two AC Milan players could soon reach that level”.
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