Gianluca Lapadula got a brace – Milan defeated the 2nd division side 5-0; all the goals were scored in the first half.
The match wasn’t broadcasted on live TV so very few people were actually able to watch the match as it happened but nonetheless the fans can consider Saturday’s 5-0 win over Chiasso a success.
Montella had to do without the injured Cristian Zapata, Andrea Bertolacci, Matias Fernandez and Riccardo Montolivo as well as without the international players Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alessandro Plizzari, Luca Antonelli, Davide Calabria, Mattia De Sciglio, Gustavo Gomez, Alessio Romagnoli, Giacomo Bonaventura, Juraj Kucka, Manuel Locatelli, Mario Pasalic, Keisuke Honda and Carlos Bacca. And so the little-used players got minutes.
The coach started with the regular 4-3-3, using Suso, Jose Sosa (played in the role of the regista / ahead of defense) and Andrea Poli in midfield, while also giving summer signing Leonel Vangioni a start at left back and playing an attack of Luiz Adriano, Gianluca Lapadula and M’Baye Niang.
All the goals were scored in the first half: after 7 minutes of football, Niang sent a good ball to Lapadula and the former Pescara man beat keeper Andrea Guatelli. In the 13′ minute, Poli scored a volley from the penalty spot – it was Niang again with the assist as he crossed from the right.
The Frenchman scored one of his own in the 16′ minute, thanks to good work from Lapadula, who saw this match as an ‘opportunity to exploit‘, and an assist from the right from Luiz Adriano. Lapadula scored again in the 20′ minute – third Niang assist. In the 28′ minute, the 21-year-old former Caen assisted his 4th goal of the match as he beat two defenders and set up Adriano’s goal to make it 5-0.
In the second half, Montella moved Suso to the regista role and played Jose Sosa on the side but the Spaniard was replaced in the 68’ minute by Federico De Piano. Milan had two notable chances through Sosa and Adriano to score more goals. Vincenzo changed the entire side in the second half.
Overall a positive test for the boys of Montella who will now think about the next Serie A match against Chievo after the international break (October 16th, 20:45 CET at Marc’Antonio Bentegodi).
The goals from Chiasso 0-5 Milan – Gianluca Lapadula (7′, 20′), Andrea Poli (13′), M'Baye Niang (18′), Luiz Adriano (29′). pic.twitter.com/JGWEqo3gA1
— Meytar Zeevi (@RossoneriBlog) October 8, 2016
Goals: Lapadula (7′, 20′), Poli (13′), Niang (18′), Luiz Adriano (29′).
FC Chiasso (5-3-2) – Giuseppe Scienza
Andrea Guatelli (46′ Alessio Bellante); Marijan Urtić (65′ Gianni Kandiah), Ivan Lurati (77′ Theo Reymond), Samuel Delli Carri, Ilija Ivić, Michele Monighetti (75′ Fabiano Vergine); Nikola Milosavljevic (46′ Eris Abedini), Veljko Simić (46′ Stefane Rauti), Alberto Regazzoni (46′ Giuseppe Palma); Djordje Susnjar (46′ Daniels Jakovlevs), Deniz Mujić (Dario Lagrotteria).
AC Milan (4-3-3) -Vincenzo Montella
Gabriel (86′ Alessandro Guarnone); Ignazio Abate (76′ Niccolò Zanellato), Gabriel Paletta (68′ Raul Zucchetti), Rodrigo Ely, Leonel Vangioni; Andrea Poli (86′ Marco Curto), Jose Sosa (86′ Federico Marchesi), Suso (68′ Federico De Piano); Luiz Adriano (86′ Tommaso Pobega), Gianluca Lapadula, M’Baye Niang (76′ Cosimo La Ferrara).