Milan draw Novara 1-1 in a friendly match at Milanello, Theo Hernández scored the goal for the Rossoneri

Suso during Milan-Novara at training center Milanello on July 19, 2019. (

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.

Lucas Biglia during Milan-Novara at training center Milanello on July 19, 2019. (

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.

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We shouldn’t expect too much… BobMal has alot to do in the transfer window… Giampaolo will need time to instill his style of play in this team. Hopefully, it comes good…

Not being able to win a serie c team isn’t a good omen but who cares? it is just an untelevised friendly…


The Big Dog

You bet! Not being able to win a Serie C team isn’t a good says a lot. Haha

El pharaoh

If we can’t win against novara when our players earn a minimum of like 2m a season seriously it’s sad


I just don’t understand how we milanisti simply jump to conclusion that we can’t beat Seria c side God help us….see ppl new coach new tactics new players new coach player enviornment it will take some time so hold your horses till then we shouldn’t act like chelsea fans no immediate success means we rebel…..we are milan

zahid hossain

We shouldn’t take this seriousl.. Its just warmup match…coach is realising the position n capability of our current squad….. Have patience guys

The Big Dog

Just for the records. If you have Hernandez and you stick to Rodriguez, you can’t be the genius that people think you are, you must be an idi*t! Giampaolo must know his best players! I like the idea of Castillejo as a ss. Hopefully Hernandez good performance should remove all doubts as to who the left back position belongs to.

Nathan Graegin

I don’t care if this is a friendly or not. Why is he using this horrible line up! Jesus Christ. Use the players in their proper places! We have cutrone on the bench when he desperately needs to show the coach what he can do and with Silva unavoidable, this would have given him the whole game. And for that midfield lol good lord. Just use all youngsters bc we all know hakan and biglia are useless

John Bernard

U r sick mate

Monkey majic

it is because of friendly


Join the discussion…why are u saying dat hakan & nd biglia are useless, I thought u’re just supporting Milan


Oh wow people have already started Giampaolo Out it seems.


This game don’t mean anything, I will support Giampaolo unless we reach January in relegation zone. Milan needs stability and players who respect the hierarchy.

Shadow Storm

So after the changes he put Strinic in Biglia’s place? Interesting. Maybe he can be a 3rd DM if he does the job in that position


I can’t believe that Milan cannot get rid of Borini. Just a player like Borini wearing Milan’s shirt itself a slap on our face and how mediocre we have become! It was hard seeing him in Milan shirt for two years, I do not care even if he can run 20 miles over a game, please let him leave for free, if possible give the team willing to take him 5M.