'The difference': BBC pundit blown away by 23-year-old Chelsea target's dribbling at the World Cup - The Chelsea Chronicle

'The difference': BBC pundit blown away by 23-year-old Chelsea target's dribbling at the World Cup

BBC pundit Matt Upson was blown away by Chelsea target Rafael Leao at the World Cup yesterday.

The AC Milan player, who’s a Portugal international, came off the bench to score on Thursday against Ghana.

Portugal survived a late scare to beat Ghana 3-2 in the World Cup group stages, so sit top of Group H after the opening round of fixtures.

Leao injected some extra pace and directness when he was substituted on for Portugal, which helped lead to his first goal at a major international tournament.

The 23-year-old AC Milan attacker tucked in a composed side-footed finish past the goalkeeper, which Roy Keane even described as a “beautiful goal”.

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Rafael Leao at the World Cup

Upson feels like Leao changed the game for Portugal yesterday with his dribbling.

“And this is the difference now with Rafael Leao on the pitch. He has the ability and power to run past players,” Upson told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“The pass from Bruno Fernandes is timed to perfection and it’s a really good finish with his right foot.”

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90min claims that Chelsea are optimistic and confident they can secure a deal to sign transfer target Leao.

The AC Milan star is an electric winger that looks tailor-made to light it up in the Premier League.

The introduction of Raheem Sterling to the Chelsea squad has been a positive, but it feels like Graham Potter’s squad still needs a bit of extra firepower and dynamism in attack.

Leao is definitely the type of player that could get Blues supporters off their seats and really frighten opponents.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.