AC Milan’s rocket Rafael Leao is in Portugal’s dressing room at the 2022 World Cup and hopes to play a role in this Saturday’s quarter-final against Morocco.
The Portuguese have yet to make a single start in the competition, he seemed in each of Seleçao’s first four appearances, scoring twice (against Ghana in the first match and against South Korea in the group stage). the few minutes on the Qatari pitch always enlivened the team’s attacking game.
On the other hand, Portugal coach Fernando Santos has given Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix, 23, a priority in an attack led by Cristiano Ronaldo and an attack led by Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva, and it was Gonzalo Ramos who scored a hat-trick in the final game and CR7 was relegated to the bench.
Furthermore, Fernando Santos has assured that the 23-year-old left winger isn’t necessarily limited to this role as a posh understudy.
“We didn’t come here with number one (attacker), number two, number three, we tailor them to our needs, there are no exclusions, and some players are more open-minded, some are more introverted, but the most important thing is that they play in groups,” the coach said.
Strong, fast and dexterous in front of goal, Leao has finally found regularity in Milan, where he has been playing since the summer of 2019.