AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has praised USMNT footballer Christian Pulisic for his bright start to life in Italy.
Christian Pulisic demonstrated his versatility and attacking prowess during an impressive outing against FC Lumezzane, providing two assists in Milan‘s 6-0 victory over the Serie D side.
Pioli was particularly impressed with Pulisic’s movements in the attacking third and hinted at the possibility of trying him in different positions to capitalize on his “unpredictability.” Throughout his time at Chelsea, Pulisic had experience playing as a winger, central striker, and wing-back under various managers.
“Pulisic always does the right thing at the right time, and it all becomes easier when you have a player like him. He can play in different roles. And He is smart and strong in one vs. one situations. He is different from his team-mates and I believe he can give unpredictability in a defined tactical system,” he told Sky Italia before departing for the United States.
Pioli also praised Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who was Pulisic’s former teammate at Chelsea and has also moved to AC Milan. The manager admired the midfielder’s abilities and contributions to the team.
Pioli heaped praise on Pulisic former teammate Loftus-Cheek
“Loftus-Cheek is a strong player, he combines technique and physicality. His late runs can be crucial. We want to dominate and try to play entertaining football with more attacking players who can be decisive in the final third, something we may have lacked in the past,” he stated.
The manager, who is 57 years old, acknowledges that he has higher expectations for Rafael Leao and considers Mike Maignan as the new leader following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure.
“Ibra was the leader of this team; nobody can really replace him, but if I have to name one, I’d say Mike Maignan. He has mentality and determination and a contagious obsession about being the best. He’s a reference point. (But) I expect a further step forward after seeing him (Leao) in training. He has room for improvement and can reach an even higher level,” he added.