Marco Giampaolo’s boys failed to win against Novara in the first friendly of the summer, but Theo begged a goal.
Milan have been at work for a week and a half now and tomorrow they take off to the United States for matches against Bayern Munich, Benfica and Man United.
Today, Marco Giampaolo tested his side in a match for the first time as they took on Novara Calcio from Serie C.
Giampaolo used a 4-3-1-2 formation from the start, playing a defense of Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Mateo Musacchio, Alessio Romagnoli and Ricardo Rodríguez; a midfield of Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Lucas Biglia and Marco Brescianini; and an attack of Suso behind Samu Castillejo and Krzysztof Piątek.
On the bench, Milan had Antonio Donnarumma, Pepe Reina, Alessandro Plizzari, Andrea Conti, Theo Hernández, Ivan Strinić, Matteo Gabbia, Tiago Djaló, Alessandro Sala, Antonio Mionić, Fabio Borini, Patrick Cutrone, Gabriele Capanni, and Daniel Maldini. André Silva and Rade Krunić were unavailable for this friendly as they did personalized work while the teammates were involved in the game.
The match was not televised so there are not many details. The first half ended in a 0-0 draw and Giampaolo made some changes on half time, playing a defense of Gigio; Conti, Musacchio, Gabbia and Theo; a midfield of Çalhanoğlu and Biglia; and an attack of Borini, Suso, Castillejo and Piątek.
Novara, however, got the goal first as 18-year-old Matteo Stoppa converted a penalty to give them the lead in the 60′ minute. Giampaolo then took off Biglia, Suso, Piątek and Gigio, bringing on Antonio Donnarumma, Strinić, Capone and Djaló. The Rossoneri managed to find the equalizer in the second half, with new signing Theo scoring with a great long-range shot.
The first friendly ended in a 1-1 draw, Milan will now continue their work in the United States. The new Serie A season begins on the weekend of August 24-25.