Giampaolo: “This match gives us plenty of points to work on, Paquetá and Leão are instinctive, Jack has quality”

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Marco Giampaolo before Feronikeli-Milan at Fadil Vokrri Stadium on August 10, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

Marco Giampaolo has spoken after the win over Feronikeli, saying that for him Lucas Paquetá is a mezz’ala but he’s still not sure what Rafael Leão’s role is.

Milan won their first pre-season match last night as they defeated KF Feronikeli 2-0 thanks to goals from Suso (26′, great free kick) and Fabio Borini (57′, assist by Rafael Leão who made his debut).

It was a relatively easy game for the Rossoneri who did not need to put in a stellar performance in order to win at the Fadil Vokrri Stadium in Kosovo.

“This game was very different from the previous ones,” Giampaolo told MilanTV at the end of the game last night. “We had been facing really touch teams while on Saturday we faced a decidedly weaker side. I’ve taken some notes on things that need to be worked on and improved. This match has given us plenty of points to think about, work on and improve.

“But this was a friendly in the truest sense of the word [smiles]. The players all got a 45-minute run on the field. The tempo of the match was certainly lower than in our previous games. However, even games like this one can show us elements we need to work on. We will face teams that stand off and wait for us to attack in the league too. Teams that choke up the centre of their half, and we need to know how to break them down, overcome the block of 10 players in 40 meters. But I knew it’d be like this before kick-off.

Alessio Romagnoli, Samu Castillejo, Suso and André Silva celebrating during Giacomo Bonaventura during Feronikeli-Milan at Fadil Vokrri Stadium on August 10, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

“These experiences are important, they teach us how to deal with these types of matches during the season. Stronger teams will attack while weaker ones will hold off. You need to know how to handle each situation, be ready for whatever type of match you face.

“The trequartista has to be a technically-gifted player of quality, in my opinion. Skill and flair are a result of a player’s characteristics. You can’t teach them, they’re innate. I can set out guidelines: what to do when not in possession, where to move when you need to find the right position, to receive the ball while avoiding always having your back to the goal… Aside from that, it’s all down to the player.

Giacomo Bonaventura during Feronikeli-Milan at Fadil Vokrri Stadium on August 10, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

“Paquetá and Bonaventura? I think Lucas is a mezz’ala, but he needs some instruction. He needs to be more disciplined. He acts on instinct, a lot, and he needs to be more disciplined. In the half hour Jack played, he showed he has quality and he’s got the skill, intuition and vision. He’s a very valuable player, now he needs to reacquire physical awareness, which is the most important thing for him because he’s been out for a lot of months. He needs to be patient, and needs to continue working hard to rediscover his feeling with his own body.

“Leão? He is also an instinctive one. Instinct is fine but there are times when you have to be orderly. He’s just come in and I need to understand what position could best suit him out on the pitch.”

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dejan10
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dejan10

If we can keep the injuries to a minimum this time around I see a great season ahead. Keep up the great work, boys.

Soheil
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Soheil

I’m really optimistic about our new coach. he is calm & has clear Ideas. that’s a good thing I guess. we could expect less jumping and waving in the new season. his calmness is transferred to the team & I can see that we are playing with much much less stress & anxiety. you can clearly see that in Biglia’s face that he is enjoying himself again.

Baresis Dream
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Injuries at minimum is always a must, and something we never manage to achieve. Milan management managed to get us off europa-nothing league, so that’s a big plus in that regard. For me, this is there biggest achievement so far. I’m nevertheless not so optimistic, and this has nothing to do with Giampaolo. We don’t seem to have the right players for key positions in the diamond midfield, and even we did, a completely revamped midfield takes time to gel. Also, all our key midfielders are too similar in style and play. I will be super happy to admit I… Read more »

Emmy Apache
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You are correct, I like ur observation and am of opinion as u are. Let put our loyalty to milan aside now and tell ourselves the truth I mean the bitter truth because if truly we want progress for our dear club Milan problem still persists and our players are overrated and lack the zeal to boost out the potential we the fans think they have. Honestly the coach has tried to plant calmness into the team but it’s left for the players to showcase their quality which is why they are playing for AC Milan instead of Bari The… Read more »

Boskic
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Boskic

Hello my friends, AC Milan fans from all over the world. I considered writing this for days, and I had to say this at the end. I am from Serbia, and I am AC Milan fan for over 20 years, and yesterday was a sad day for all off us Serbian Milan fans. Why? Because one person in Milan board, whom I will not name, is mixing politics with football and he is famous for his hatred towards Serbian people. How else can we explain traveling across the Europe to play a side that was out of Europe by the… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

I hear you Boksic, strong words indeed. I personally didn’t realize this match meant anything politically, but what you’re saying all adds up. AC Milan should be open to anyone, above all political debate – and I truly hope Boban understands this.

Gman
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Gman

If you want Milan to be open for anyone well then don’t complain where they chose to play.

Denis
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Denis

All lays you wrote here Boksic. Albanians are the first people in the Ballkans, if you don’t trust this- do your DNA test and you will find out. Serbs are the tragedy of the Ballkans, starting two world wars, and almost starteing the third one in Kosovo by killing 15000 inocent civilians, raping 20000 inocent women expeling 1000000 people from their homes in Kosovo- and you still talk!!?. WTF, everybody in Ballkan hate you Serbs, whyyyyy???? It makes me me sick to see you articulate politics at the sport site. Please shut up for sake of the normal people. Kosovar… Read more »

Boskic
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Boskic

It can be easily checked whether it is truth or lie. Unlike your random numbers. I can also write 5 or 6 zeros one next to the other but that won’t make what I’m talking any more truthful. And inform yourself a little about World Wars because either you are 10 or never held a history book in your hand or both. Another fun fact: Your Prime minister was a former soldier who was accused by a war tribunal in Hague two weeks ago? Is that also a lie? 😀 Just give it a rest, I was just saying that… Read more »

Maldini
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Maldini

If u were opressed by the ottomans you would talk turkish now instead they protected you from the cruel pope and the crusaders. And we survived because our brothers from albania bosnia and kosovo are true freedom warriors. Anyway everything that connects us is that we are rossoneri history is the past but the ottomans were very correct.

Soheil
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Soheil

hmmm. mixing football with “Any kind of” politic is wrong. Milan played 11 players not a government, movement or dedicator.

Maldini
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Maldini

Why dont you talk about the fact that your country murdered all the islamic people and not so long ago serbia did not even existed it was either ottoman empire or the sovjet union after. Serbia is an anti islam country and has murdered those people. You accuse boban of mixing politica but maybe you just hate the muslims in this region. I am telling you this i love milan and muslims will be present for ever in eastern europe and the balkan, whether you like it or not! I am happy that the kosovans got their independence this is… Read more »

Al83
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Al83

As Greek I know what you mean and to some extent I also agree with you. Playing at Kosovo is not a simple game, it’s a statement. Right or wrong, it’s another story but it has certainly a political side and that was wrong from the club’s side.
For the majority of the world this is hardly understood but if you know the broader area it is quite clear.
However I wouldn’t go as far as framing Boban for that. To begin with, I don’t think he has the power to make all this unless he was fully backed by Elliott.

Deku
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Deku

Boskic, stop with this political BS. That’s why 21st century is the worst period to live in, everyone gets offended for no reason. Milan played in Kosovo and for some reason it is a direct attack towards Serbian people???? If they had played in Belgrad or whereever you are from you would be happy but should have Kosovar people complained?! No!! And finally the hypocracy of Serbia is laughable, you support Russia who oppresses my country, Georgia and we are basically in the same, no in even worse situation. 20% of my nation is occupied, kosovars haven’t occupied anything. So… Read more »

iso
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iso

hope AC.Milan will not sell Suso for cheap money, Suso worth 40 mil. Euros and below that price AC.Milan should not go

SHEVA
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SHEVA

LMAO WE ARE CONSIDERING SELLING SUSO BUT KEEPING BONAVENTURA HAHAHAHAAHAHAHHA
ANOTHER BONERA WHO WILL BE STUCK WITH US FOR YEARS DESPITE UNDERPERFORMANCE.

ITALIANS FACISTS

Ted
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Dear admin

I would like to report this comment as it contains hate speech. This is a direct violation that needs immediate attention and proper sanctions.

Thank you for your consideration.

Ted

Pato
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Pato

At soheil, anxiety is never a friend . I have raised this issue as one of our major problems..The question is how do we remove anxiety from our platers.

Rivelino
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Rivelino

Guys….what do you think about Ante Rebic…I think he’s Good…hope Milan can sign him!

Soheil
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Soheil

all Milan targets scored less than 10 goals in any seasons they played (some less than 5). I don’t get it why anyone would want to sign a “Striker” who can’t score! don’t give me they are not the first striker or they are winger bullshits. Messi is a winger. Neymar play as a winger. Salah is a winger & they score. forward means assists and Score so any player that can’t do that, is a bad target.

Nesta1
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Nesta1

I hope we get him looks class player and cheaper than correa

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Not that good if you ask me – more physical then technique, a real harder worker, but nothing special.

Rossi
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Rossi

Looks better than Correa, scores goals and makes assist and not just crosing assist from the side, he gives some great thru balls making 1on1 chances for his teamates. Also seems to be able to take on defenders by him self same as Correa but he is much stronger physicly which is a big plus in Italy. However he is turning 26 soon so not really young, and his price will be 40mil + for sure, i would try to insert Andre Silva in a swap + cash deal for him, Eintracht will need a striker to replace him so… Read more »

Ted
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Ted

Balde Keita for the SS role

nick
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nick

Giampaolo has what it takes to succeed at Milan. I’m confident about that. Tactically, he is very astute and his game management skills are way better than Gattuso who at times seemed confused about what to do to turn a poor game around. My only concern about our squad is our center back position. I don’t know much about Duarte but I do know that Musacchio is definitely not good enough. I kinda wish if Milan had hold on to Abate and Zapata for at least another season. Caldara when fit will definitely partner Romagnoli but he won’t return until… Read more »

Ashraf
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This year will be our year because we are team now better management better coach there is nothing to worry about i can’t wait to see the way we beat inter home and away

Kudskicy
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Kudskicy

The season hasnt even started yet lol
How do you know giampolo is better? Results on the pitch will talk later. As for now, nothing.

Kudskicy
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Kudskicy

Last sentence is a prove that Leao is signed without a thorough study on him. Why would you assess the best position for a player AFTER you buy him??

dapito
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dapito

i think it happen because some crazy rich guys buy some club and make crazy transfer… thats make some club made impossible price for their player…

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

Soo fiorentina confident a offer of 32m can land suso? What is this bs? Every single player is sold for cheap?

Elliotazzuri
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Elliotazzuri

If Milan are to make top 4 we need our only world class player SUSO to perform consistently plus a a a little bit of donna piatek and the rest except for krunic flop of the transfer except he is not really a flop since is price is 8million

dapito
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dapito

if suso world class, he same with CR7 and Messi… CR7 and messi gave many trophy for their club… suso??? Big ZERO… hahahaha

Elliotazzuri
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Elliotazzuri

The most important thing that Milan needs this season for top 4 is our world class player SUSO and key player donnarumma to perform

Ted
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Ted

Paganini, a journalist from Rai claims that Mendes is working on bringing Bruno Fernandes to Milan in case they sell Suso.

Ashraf
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He is too expensive we can’t afford 80m

Nesta1
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Nesta1

Just read we looking at rebic from frankfurt, looks really good player, fast skilful and would cost 40 million. Stats are better than correa,and better than suso if someone comes in for him.

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Fernandes had a super year in benifica, he’s really a talented shooter from outside the box. Clearly more suitable to the number 10 then Suso. We need to get rid of both Suso and Silva to pull this off though

Ashraf
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Baresis dream they said we are so close to get Bruno Fernandes and it’s great news suso to lion 33 millions Andre silva + 10 million

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Let’s see Ashraf, you never know until it the deal is signed

Djuka
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Djuka

Sporting

Pato
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Pato

I just don’t want us to rely on suso..There is no point having Piatek,the so called main striker, and no players to feed him. Piatek has failed to score in all our frendlies…and that’s showing us that something is still missing upfront

nick
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nick

Don’t worry about preseason results and form. Milan beat Real Madrid under Pippo Inzaghi and our season that year was a complete disaster.

Trust me, Piatek will be capocannoniere this season.

Don’t be surprised either if we finish ahead of Inter.

Nathan Graegin
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Nathan Graegin

We def have a right to be concerned. All the other good forwards are scoring early. Piatek looks to be a few steps off pace. His movement is not good until he’s in the box and we can all agree his link up play is not good. Combine that with not scoring are not good signs. Can he turn it around? Yes he can. But as our ONLY natural forward, he needs to pick up the pace. If not then selling cutrone will truly be the biggest mistake since letting zlatan and fail a go.

soheil balini
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soheil balini

Watching ManU – Chelsea: If Kepa worth 80m, then Donna’s price should be at least 150m. Anything less than such a price shows stupidity. I see him In par with best young players in the world and hearing that we priced him 50m is worrying. (I know it’s just a rumour but Cutro sell started the same way…)

Terry
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Terry

Guys what’s the news on Correa? Honestly I think it has dragged on too long.

I like the guy but we have work to do. We should pull out and focus on making the team gel.
Maybe Andre Silva will regain some form.

Ted
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Ted

I don’t even visit milannews.it, every second article is about Correa and they’re all speculations. I’m tired of this, they are reporting like they are buying Mbappe or something. They only report “Milan are still in contention” or “Atletico are still open to sell”

Nothing concrete

nick
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nick

Patience Terry. The transfer market is long and we have to play our cards right so that we don’t overpay for players. A. Madrid price for Correa is too high and Milan is trying to lower it. Sometimes these deals take a while to close. Correa will arrive at Milan. We should be more concerned about who will leave. Raiola is pushing for Donnarumma to go to PSG even after Donnarumma made it. Lear he wants to remain at AC Milan. Werder Bremen are trying to sign Conti and I hope we keep him. Conti is a good player he… Read more »

Ted
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Ted

Some reports circulating in today’s papers:

– Espanyol reportedly put 25 millions on table for Andre Silva

– Villareal considering to re-sign Castillejo but the player does not want to leave Milan

– Schalke are reportedly interested in signing Rodriguez

– Milan offered Silva to Valencia since Rodrigo is on the verge of a move to Atletico

– Laxalt is interesting to Torino, Atalanta and SPAL

Djuka
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Djuka

Maybe we should go for Eriksen, since his contrakt expires next sumer we can get him for 50+, Espaniol ofering us 25 milions for Silva, Atalanta and few teams want Laxalt, Shalke want Rodriguez, so wigh that we can earn for paying him and vil make money for salary, he would be great for marketing, for seling season tckets, he is great playmaker, since only Juve want him and that next year, he said that he want to leave england and search new chalenge, at Milan he would be a leader, worth to try definitly