Rafael Leao pointed to his confidence as an explanation for his growth and thanked the fans for their chants and songs about him.
The 22-year-old Portuguese forward is having an incredibly strong season under coach Stefano Pioli; he has scored 10 goals and provided six assists in 28 appearances across all competitions, being one of the focal points of the Rossoneri squad.
Speaking to Milan TV, Leao first discussed his current form and goals.
“I want to continue to do well and help the team until the end of the season, I think the trust of my teammates and all those who work with me has been important for my growth.”
He touched on his strong performances and regular contributions to goals this season.
“These things come because I have the confidence to make a difference on the pitch.”
The Portuguese forward spoke about the number of shots that have hit the woodwork this season.
“I wanted them all to end up in the net! Because it would have been important for the team. Even in the last game, if it had gone in we probably would have won and moved up in the table. Unfortunately the ball didn’t go in. Next time I’ll try to score.”
Leao discussed the fan songs and chants for him and how proud that makes him.
“Beautiful, beautiful. The best thing about being a player is when the fans energise you like that. It gives me more confidence and more strength to continue doing well during the game. I want to thank all the fans.”
He reflected on the draw with bottom place Salernitana.
“I think we created several chances but it wasn’t our day. When we don’t lose and draw at least we get points to move up in the table.”
Finally, Leao discussed how Milan are approaching the next match against Udinese.
“We have to do well what we did in the last game, start strong because they also have strong players and we have to be careful.
“We’re playing at home, in front of our fans, it’s another chance to get points and move forward.”
Leao has been one of the most important players in Pioli’s team, making him a key factor in their race for the league title.
— Milan Sette (@milansette) February 23, 2022