Leão helps Milan beat Inter 3-2 in front of new owners
In front of the club’s new owners, Rafael Leão inspired AC Milan to a 3-2 victory over fierce rival Inter Milan in a fiery Serie A derby on Saturday.
With his teammates and coach Stefano Pioli, Leão celebrated wildly with the fans after the match as they joyously danced and sang “Pioli’s on fire” (to the tune of “Freed from Desire”).
“Apart from the song, it is the energy that makes me so happy. And sharing that with the fans,” Pioli said. “It was an important match ... I am really a happy manager.”
Leão had a hand in all three Milan goals, scoring two and setting up the other for Olivier Giroud.
Marcelo Brozović gave Inter the lead in the 21st minute and Edin Džeko pulled one back for the Nerazzurri in the 67th.
“In order to improve, you need talent and intelligence. Rafa has talent and he is a very intelligent guy,” Pioli said about Leão.
“You need to give youngsters the time to grow and the freedom to make mistakes. We try to put him in the best conditions: he’s one of our weapons, not the only one, but an important one.