Team news: Udinese were without Hidde ter Avest and Mamadou Coulibaly, while Milan hadto do without Pepe Reina, Mattia Caldara, Theo Hernández and Lucas Biglia. Kickoff time for Matchday 1 of the 2019/20 Serie A season was 18:00 CEST at Stadio Friuli.

Goal: Becão (72′)

Udinese Calcio (3-5-2) – Igor Tudor
Juan Musso; Rodrigo Becão, William Troost-Ekong, Samir; Jens Stryger Larsen, Rolando Mandragora, Mato Jajalo, Seko Fofana (70′ Ilija Nestorovski), Giuseppe Pezzella (81′ Ken Sema); Ignacio Pussetto (70′ Rodrigo De Paul), Kevin Lasagna.
Unused: Perisan, Andrade, Sierralta, Opoku, Walace, Nuytinck, Barák, De Maio, Teodorczyk.

AC Milan (4-3-1-2) – Marco Giampaolo
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Mateo Musacchio, Alessio Romagnoli, Ricardo Rodríguez; Fabio Borini (60′ Franck Kessié), Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Lucas Paquetá (76′ Ismaël Bennacer); Suso; Krzysztof Piątek, Samu Castillejo (75′ Rafael Leão).
Unused: Soncin, A. Donnarumma, Bonaventura, Conti, André Silva, Krunić, Duarte, Gabbia, Laxalt.

Referee: Fabrizio Pasqua.

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Jesus christ, you doom-mongers are so predictable (and boring). Yes, let’s give Giampaolo 7 games turn this around – or better yet, how about none at all? Gattuso, on the other hand, can spend two seasons playing 4-3-grinta – the most mindless pathetic football we’ve ever played – and all we heard was “give him more time, the team needs time to gel.”

Ink
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Ink

You won’t criticise him if the team plays like this after 8 matches?
Good for you.

Assim
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Assim

While a part of me is still optimistic , cause it’s the first game in a new system and most players will be benched after this game…
The other part is like ” Ah shit , here we go again … “

allu allu
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allu allu

Milan lost because of the formation, wrong players in the wrong position and they never got the chance due to over populated midfield from Udine.
If you want to see Piatek score you don’t put him as a target man, you play him as a shadow to open space.
There is a lot to say about this game but I am only going to say this:
you will never win a game if you are outplayed in the midfield, see what Inter is gonna play under Conte?
To sad, to sad.

Nino
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Nino

By the way, where were all those reports originating from that Leao was wowing everyone at Milanello? If it’s true, why is Giampaolo so dense to still play Castillejo ahead of him? Is it because of this stupid philosophy that he has spent more time in training than Leao?

Elliotazzuri
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Elliotazzuri

Fact: If Milan really wanted champions league they should have hired spalleti.

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

F u interista !

Nino
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Nino

What a disapointing start to the seoson , same old Milan with no ideas and link up play.
-Calabria lots of mistakes and bad crosses
-Borini should not even be in a squad with top 4 ambitions, let alone starting
-Suso non existant, should have been sold to balance the books instead of Cutrone who at least gives 100%
-Paquetta should get a chance at playing trequartista

Ashraf
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Nino paquata should play trequarista i think u mistaken by Parma paquata Hakan borini that weak players are Parma material

Emmy Apache
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U guys should stop talking about Paqueta as a good player. This is a big mistake, he’s not good not even half of Kaka or quality of true milan All I know is that our players are not worthy of playing for milan at all and the greatest mistake of all time is to hire Sampdoria coach who is nothing but Maldini for how young his experience in managing great club hired him. We need good coach who reads the game perfectly and knows what he wants Milan should get good experience players at least 2 who can change the… Read more »

Nino
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Nino

Emmy , I agree but unfortunately we are light years away from the old Milan, i think even teams like Norwich would beat us at this point….
I just think paqueta is our best creative midfielder other than maybe bennacer and should at least be given a chance at playing a central role before being written off

Soheil
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Soheil

– 90 Minutes – 0 Shot on Target.

– it wasn’t just pre season.

– We had whole summer to experience with our plan B but we started from zero AGAIN.

– we only needed a Left winger + BAKA.

– stupidity is repeating same thing over & over, & expecting a different outcome.

– I will not pay for watching another match. I will cancel my subscription & I think all fans should do that too. & empty stadium would teach the management that our dream singing shouldn’t be Correa.

Soheil
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Soheil

is it soon to miss the “11 lions”? 😀

Raven
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Raven

All right, do you know how FFP works? Let’s leave San Siro empty so we become Trapani. Classic.

Soheil
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Soheil

& as a request: please put a profile pic on your emails and accounts! it’s really hard to take you seriously with these profile pics!

Soheil
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Soheil

LOL how having a profile pic is getting thumb down! you guys are clearly crazy!

Raven
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Raven

Maybe is that picture of yours that incite negativity IDK, you never say something positive and your opinions and that black and white thumbnail is very depressing.

Martin Bernhard
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Martin Bernhard

Well how do you actually add a profile picture ive been wondering for some time ?

bidonesia
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bidonesia

owh shyt… another week to get bullied.
why we sell Cutrone in 1st place while Borini & Castillejo still there? is it that difficult to get 18m from that 2?
please please please.. bring skilful attacante to feed the strikers, almost no shoot on goal???
do everything to get Modric & Correa (or else) who can help our forwards, even Fio & Samp play better than Udinese..

bidonesia
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bidonesia

owh $hyt… another week to get bullied.
why we sell Cutrone in 1st place while Borini & Castillejo still there? is it that difficult to get 18m from that 2?
please please please.. bring skilful attacante to feed the strikers, almost no shoot on goal???
do everything to get Modric & Correa (or else) who can help our forwards, even Fio & Samp play better than Udinese..

Harris
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Harris

It doesn’t even hurt anymore when milan loses. They simply play to type. The coach is obviously clueless, insisting on playing suso as a playmaker shows he is inept. The management needs to get a real coach otherwise the season would be over before it even started. Here we go again! Awful!

dapito
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dapito

i told you once again… if milan want get 4th position, you have to make crazy sale in the team… let gio, our caotain, kessie, piatek, calabria in the team… the rest have to go… why?? they dont deserved play in milan… they dont deserved use our jersey… i worked as analyis, milan ia a company… they always have target for this season…. you want reach goal on company the most important is human factor.. if milan still using same players, then prepare for 5-8th position… . how can you still believe to reach difficult target with same players when… Read more »

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

Ok, giampaolos words have angered me. Saying we need these players in their natural position so will have to revert back to 4 3 3. So after preseason training and buying players to that formation we’re going back to a 4 3 3 with no wingers? After one game totally lose the plot? One game in and it already seems like we’re in a crisis

Nesta1
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Nesta1

Very worrying, as u said bought players for 4312 formation and now going to play 433!!! Didn’t he see all of this in pre season and the training ground?

Soheil
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Soheil

I actually liked that. accepting a mistake after 1 game is positive. it took some of our previous coaches a year to accept they are wrong. (some of them never understood!)

nick
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nick

Totally agree Soheil. And we still have time to get Everton Soares who cost less than Correa. He also wants to join Milan.

Soheil
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Soheil

& maybe Baka. he is desperate to leave and I think we need him. what If bennacer get injured?

nick
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nick

That would be a good idea but Biglia would have to go. Too injury prone, old and high salary.

Chris
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Chris

Baka would be perfect if we wanna play 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-1-1 too (he will pair with Benacer to become our solid 2 CM). I remember last year when Gat applied 4-4-2, the team play more lively than the 4-3-3. Sadly, Lozano moved to Napoli, so we might focus on Everton.

Elliotazzuri
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Elliotazzuri

Think before you write, the coach has realised is mistake sooner rather than later,that 4312 is crap no big team use that.e.g man c,liv,Madrid,barc,juv,nap e.t.c all use 433 or 4231 so thank goodness that he didn’t behave stubborn;and destroy Milan season before changing formation.

nick
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nick

Yes, I’m happy with the news that Giampaolo is considering reverting back to 433 or a 4231 instead of waiting all season. Leo played as a winger on the right and he is a good sub for Suso. If we get Everton Soares he can play on the left with Bonaventura as a backup. If we get Bakayoko back he can be a backup for Bennacer. Andre Silva can deputize for Piatek. Our team would be strong to compete with the top 4 teams and our mercato would still be a success. Out: Biglia, Castellijo, Calhanoglu and Borini. In: Everton… Read more »

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

Ok but we got giampaolo to play a certain kind of football. Trained for two months and now we’re scrapping it. Doesn’t that mean Maldini and boban have failed? After one game we are going back to 4 3 3 which has shown us nothing in the last 3 seasons. We still have the same team with no wingers. Now we have leao n Silva.

nick
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nick

We got Giampaolo to play a more aesthetic football meaning “attacking football” aka more appealing and entertaining. I was never a fan of constantly changing formations but in life we make mistakes like Giampaolo did today and he is an intelligent coach who will figure it out. I don’t know if Maldini and Boban considered that the 4312 may or not work but looking at the players we signed it is clear that they also fit into a 433 system. Leo can play as a lone striker or winger. Correa can play as a 2nd striker or winger. Even though… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Milannellofm, yes sir – it does mean mgmt failure

Nesta1
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Nesta1

I could have told him 4312 wouldn’t work with suso behind strikers he’s a winger! And all the teams u mentioned signed there players based on the formation they play, unlike what we have just done. Maybe I’m thinking too much which doesn’t go down well you. Just had another thought, been thinking, 4312 does work like any formation as long as u have the right players in the right positions like wingers playing on the wing?

Ezekiel
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Ezekiel

can you tell me which players we bought for 4312 formation. Secondly the best way to sell is to buy get James and correa then I will know we are ready for the champions league.

Nathan Graegin
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Nathan Graegin

Like I said before. A small coach on a small team will never get us to the champions league. He did not follow Milan last year so he has zero clue as to what this club needs. He’s used to garbage players so when he comes here and sees average players he thinks he can just field garbage. Guess what, we played better under gattuso. Let that sink in. Only delusional fans could see his tactics would not work. It showed all throughout preseason. A 4312 is too narrow!!!!!!! Plus our kids are slow!! That means no pressing, no quick… Read more »

Ink
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Ink

”Until today, we didn’t see that so clearly. I thought at the start that it was just Suso becoming a trequartista, but we have to look beyond that, take some principles and try to completely reorganise everything upfront.”

Just Suso becoming a treq? What did he think Borini was doing in the midfield and Samu in SS?

Nino
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Nino

“Suso is an extraordinary player, but he probably has different characteristics and we need to get them to play in their natural roles. We’ll have to work on it and certainly in a different way, probably 4-3-3. “It’s not their fault, they have tried really hard, but I mustn’t try to transform their very nature. That is not my job. I have to make the most of these players and their qualities. “Until today, we didn’t see that so clearly. I thought at the start that it was just Suso becoming a trequartista, but we have to look beyond that,… Read more »

Toni Mart
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Toni Mart

Frankly speaking i knew Milan will lose. What teams did we win at preseason. In this generation a club team is playing 4312 where the best teams in the world use 433 or 451 (4231). Giampaolo is even worse than Gattuso tactically, how can you use a fixed formation in 90 minutes without having a plan B. How can management tell you what formation they want and not you doing otherwise. I’m not surprised we lost because Italian clubs are not stupid tactically you need to be better to beat them.

Martinase
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Martinase

I just saw the stats, Wow no shot on target

Edd
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Edd

3rd year for hakan + (rest of old mediocre midfielders that no one wanna buy and we stuck with like a curse to the team) and someone still waiting for him to surprise u? Are u in a coma or something? Maybe the ball he played with in bundesliga was made in germany and the one in serie a is made In china? Wake up or join milan10 who still believe bonacrap is rivaldo or baggio! And he is waiting for his return. The only one who played well in midfield last year was bakayoko, and he’s gone bcz someone… Read more »

Edd
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Edd

And yeah I should join soheil and cancel my subscription as well. U buy new players and put them on the bench and then same crappy team on the field. Milan have cancer and need to remove it.

Rossi
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Rossi

People its to early to panic, it takes more than two months for players to get used to new formation, plus a different style of play and many new players. I dont blame Giampaolo for this, it was the menagment who wanted to start from zero again so this result is expected, it will take at least 3 more months to see the new tactics in effect.

bidonesia
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bidonesia

i get the bad feeling in the time when Milan play Feronikali just like Maldini co. era vs Galacticos,
there’s no way we can finish 4th with the way we play & players like this…

Suleiman
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Suleiman

Look at how team like Atlanta can from 2:0 down, lazio 3:0,

Pato
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Pato

I hate this idea of dancing to the tune of all these coaches at all times as regards players of their choices based on their prefered system..its looks like its a waste of money…we bought players for 433 anther coach came and changed it to 4312 and we now want to change to 433 again after we have acquired players for 4312….this is cra,y we better go for Everton soarez now before its too late

Meer-1
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Meer-1

What is wrong with our coach now he realises that everything we practiced and pre season all went down the drain…..see loosing is one thing and the manner we lost is another….the way we played it was horrendous…..seriously I was self shocked but yeah realise your mistake and move forward get that athletico Madrid forward and close this mercato season and move on with the league…..let me simply predict this season after what I saw though it’s very early to say but bye bye champions league….horrible match this guy made me forget Gattuso though his game play was scary $hitty… Read more »

Aliyu Hamisu AC Milan
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Very good performance from Borini and Castillejo

Terry
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Terry

This was painful to watch. But let’s take the positives:
Borini, Hakan and Castilejo showed their true colours early.
Now the coach will have work on leao, Bennacer and Kessie instead of talking rubbish about early vs late.
Milan will get serious too. Most likely there will be more intense training with the full squad so I am confident that we will get stronger.

In other news:
Calabria was painful to watch today. Honestly we should consider selling him. His passes were rubbish, his defending was mediocre… nothing to show.

I wish milan the best.
Forza Milan

Milanmario1
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Milanmario1

Do we actually pay this guy to manage this team?? I didn’t comment on his appointment because I didn’t know him but when he starts with Borini midfielder, Castillejon striker and Cala DM that says it all. First Montella, then Rino, now this guy?? What’s our management do it? Bunch of amateurs, meanwhile they get paid monthly and bankrupt my Milan!! We look pathetic!! Not a shot on goal against Udinese, poor game against Cesena … at this rate we relegate!!

Gaetu
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Gaetu

Omg guys take it easy!!! Its just the first game, we still have 37 games left. Takes time to adapt a new tactic, the new players need also time to adapt, why all so desperate we lost first game?? Its not like we are fighting for the scudetto. Top 4 is oir priority and lets not make already a bad atmosphere for the whole season. Forzza Milan.

Soheil
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Soheil

Gaeto the take it easy guy! the problem is not we lost. the problems is how we lost…

Gaetu
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Gaetu

After several seasons with formation and tactics changes what do u expect? Miracles? Suso and Casti all carrer wingers now both diferent positions, our midfield of 4 players when we played 5 or 3 last few seasons, now to play 2 strikers to only attack and not drop deep to revover the ball like last seasons, also a huge change in our gameplan, and just after a few months everybody wants results. The new players arrived late and they need more time to adapt, friendly games or not officials! We need time and we must have patience.

kossy milan
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kossy milan

Milan didn’t lose because of the formation or the ideas of giampaolo, Milan lost because the players that played were not suited to that formation, watching the game, you can clearly see the coaches ideas and tactics but he will need good technical midfielders to execute his plan playing 442,you can’t play well and score goals with borini in the mildfeild, Samu as Ss, Suso as Am, Hakan as Dm, mussachio as Cb & slow ricrod as full back. Milan need to sell players and get players to suit the formation of the coach there was improvement when bennacer and… Read more »

Gaetu
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Gaetu

Aside from the backline all the players are out of their positions, only Piattek played striker and he was alone. The new players need time to adjust and even though they are better than what we have, its a spit into the players face to start with the first game in front of somebody who is here a longer time. Even if i would opted for bennacer and leo to start, its not fair for the other players considering they are ahead with the work than the newcomers. They need calm enviorement not a hatred one.

milan4lyf
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milan4lyf

My opinion: 1. For the first game of the season, I think our players all were nervous, they seemed afraid to attack or take a chance at goal with their own skills. 2. Borini and Casti as a first team choice when we have bennacer Kessie bona available? What on earth did Giampaolo learn during the preseason really? 3. We just got outplayed in the midfield. Expected when you have a superstar like Borini as a starter. 4. We desperately need a world class playmaker. F**k correa, he will be just as useless as Andre Silva. We need finishers here… Read more »

Martin Bernhard
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Martin Bernhard

What a horrible match but regardless of how badly we played this was never gonna be an easy game but it still doesnt change the fact that its an unacceptable perfomance and result. When that is said i wont be all gloom and doom as this will take time when we start with a new coach as we do allmost every season. Besides of that its the first game of the season and if we get right back on track and wins the upcomming games this result could very well just be a dent in our pride. What im most… Read more »