Team news: Milan were without the suspended Ante Rebić as well as without Andrea Conti, Léo Duarte, Pierre Kalulu, Mateo Musacchio, Alessio Romagnoli, Alen Halilović, Lucas Paquetá, Tommaso Pobega and Rafael Leão. Kickoff time for the 2020-21 Europa League second preliminary round was 20:00 CEST at Tallaght Stadium in Ireland.

Goals: Ibrahimović (23′), Çalhanoğlu (67′)

Shamrock Rovers (3-4-2-1) – Stephen Bradley
Alan Mannus; Joey O’Brien, Roberto Lopes, Lee Grace; Ronan Finn, Aaron McEneff, Gary O’Neill (70′ Dylan Watts), Neil Farrugia (83′ Seán Kavanagh); Jack Byrne, Graham Burke; Aaron Greene (87′ Dean Williams).
Unused: Pohls, Marshall, Callan, Oluwa.

AC Milan (4-2-3-1) – Stefano Pioli
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Simon Kjær, Matteo Gabbia, Theo Hernández; Ismaël Bennacer (84′ Sandro Tonali), Franck Kessié; Samu Castillejo, Hakan Çalhanoğlu (84′ Brahim Díaz), Alexis Saelemaekers (74′ Rade Krunić); Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Unused: Tătărușanu, Duarte, Laxalt, Colombo.

Referee: Ádám Farkas (Hungary).

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MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
1 month ago

Good win. We need a CB and RW/LW. Don’t think Bakayoko should be a priority right now.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  MilanEstonia

yeah, because kessie is the only dm milan have

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

No kessie does not play a proper DM tbh. If you notice every game, bennacer drops deeper between the defenders like a DM more than kessie. And Tonali is also an actual DM which is why Pioli brought on Tonali for Bennacer earlier. Kessie is always a bit higher up the pitch to orchestrate plays and win balls there. With Pobega and krunic, we’re enough.

The real issue is a CB and a winger.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  MilanEstonia

kessie is the main ball winner of milan, which makes him main dm of milan, like kante is for chelsea or france. yes bennassie are both dm but there’s reason why pioli subbed off ben, not kessie, for tonali tonite: because only kessie can provide good cover for defense line and be ball winning destroyer in mf. play BenTo together or play ben as dm and kessie as cm or box to box mf and u’ll see ben picking up yellow after yellow again because he’s too small to be main dm, kinda like young xavi at barca. ben, like… Read more »

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

I just don’t see dm as a priority now. CB and winger is. Hell if you want a DM then let’s get Torreira. He’s cheaper now and Arteta doesn’t want him anymore. Also a much cheaper option than bakayoko.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  MilanEstonia

torreira is 25m and i dont know if arsenal will accept maldini-esque loan with option deal. but yes torreira would be nice. if u remember rijkaard – ance/albertini, desailly – albertini, kante – pogba, vieira – petit/cesc, xabi – mascherano, makelele – guti, goretzka – thiago, casemiro – modric, khedira – kross etc, a good and successful dm pairing consists of a pure defensive dm and a playmaking dm/cm hybrid. just because desailly and rijkaard used to roam everywhere doesnt mean they ceased to be dm (mf anchors). the reason why baka is essensial is because milan only have 1… Read more »

Tim
Tim
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Arsenal are willing to listen to offer for torreira and amount they put up is 18m so he is very cheap and Milan could get him as he wants to return to italy.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim

really? i read that torino are ready to offer 24m for torreira. if he can be bought for 18m then i say let krunic go to torino for 8m (giamfanculo somehow wants him) and buy torreira. everyone’ll be happy

Gab
Gab
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Today you talked a lot of sense

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Gab

u spelled “all the time” wrong mate

forza juve
forza juve
1 month ago
Reply to  MilanEstonia

Why are you bilan fans still arguing about this? You only have 3 decent level midfielders (bennacer, kessie and tonali) with only krunic (not good enough) and pobega (unproven) as back ups. How are you going to compete for titles with just that? This arguments just proves how far bilan fans’ standards have fallen these days. Your team used to be strong from top to bottom with great squad depth back in the days but it seems years of struggle have turned all of you into losers who happily accept mediocrity. You dont deserve Maldini, who seems to be the… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  forza juve

why do i have the feeling that this midnight cowboy is actually sheva? or are trolls always this amusingly retarded?

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
1 month ago
Reply to  forza juve

This guy is definitely one of us. Probably someone disagreed with him before and so he jumped ship but still feel inside that he’s a true milanista, which is why he’s here. His heart still yearns for the only best team in Europe – AC fuckenn MILAN.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

lemme just copy paste meself here first off, congrats john malkovich and the boys for comfortable win. the team played fairly decently but whats with subbing off saladmaker for krunic? i mean, i get it, to salvage the 2-0 lead, but like i said, thats not what winning team should do, especially vs minnows like ken shamrock. remember bayern 8-2 barca? thats how winners killed the game off. i know damn well that italian coaches can be way too pragmatic but those horrible losses vs inter last season, vs deportivo in 2004 or istanbul 2005 should be enough as lesson… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

I hear what your saying about tonali, but he had better defensive stats than both kessie and bennacer last year. I’d say we at least give it a try from start to finish one of these games and see what happens. Also we desperately need a better rw

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

brahim should be milan’s rw this season. tonali isnt a pure dm, even in brescia. i watched plenty of brescia matches and he should be a more attacking cm like modric not a dm because with his passing and dribbling, he should be allowed to push forward more. defensively, yes he has tenacity but he’s not strong enough to be dm. even albertini needed pure dm desailly, di biagio or ambrosini alongside him for him to freely play his game. tonali – ben should fight for a spot beside kessie and kessie needs a solid back up, especially if/when krunic… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Nah Diaz is def more of a atm. We need speed on the wings. Just being more skillful doesn’t mean anything when your on the wing. You need speed. It would be like having suso, he was def skillful, but he’s too slow. A slow winger destroys counter attacks. They don’t stretch the defense. I’d try Diaz in am first and get a real rw

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

brahim definitely wasnt slow tonite. in fact, he’s the only player on the pitch with sense of urgency. he can and does play as winger. being fast alone doesnt mean jack shit if u dont know what to do with the ball once u have it. case in point: saladmaker or antonio valencia. prime david silva or figo werent fast but they had fantastic skills and vision as wingers, and im sure brahim can emulate them. playing brahim as am would mean benching hakan. no way milan should bench hakan as, like i said, pioli’s milan is mainly about hakan… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Diaz is quick, I’m talking about speed. I’m talking about a person who is goin to leave someone and not be caught even while running with the ball. Sorry but the team we played tonight was very slow. Slow to the point they were just a little faster than zlatan. Of course Diaz will look faster. When we play against real times, hopefully he will replicate. Hakan is definitely playing better, but the fact is he’s still slow asf. Imagine getting someone who can do everything he can, but is faster and quicker

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

an am like hakan doesnt need to be fast because an am has so much space in front of him that he doesnt need to outrun defenders in such small, confined space on the flanks. an am only needs to have fast head and fast distribution, let the ball be fast. rui costa, riquelme, effenberg and scholes werent fast either. honestly, hakan’s effective pass and move, shooting and lack of dribbling style/gameplay reminds me a lot of lampard’s/scholes’s. paqueta is much more skillful but hakan is much more effective passer. regarding diaz, did u see james debut with everton? he’s… Read more »

bidonesia
bidonesia
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Ken Samrock??? samprok raine!!!
John Malkovich??? Obidiah Stane!!!

Milanzah
Milanzah
1 month ago

With the shitty show I just watched at the right wing, chiesa is a must buy at all cost

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago
Reply to  Milanzah

I’ve said it a thousand times, we absolutely need a right wing. I prefer chiesa but we can look at others as well. They just need to be fast, skillful and can at least get 10 goals a season or are assist kings. Samu and salemakers just aren’t it

Terry
Terry
1 month ago
Reply to  Milanzah

I am open to Chiesa however he is not worth 60m or whatever rubbish price Fiorentina are calling for him. We can go for Sassuolo’s Boga who is just as effective or perhaps even better.

Deku
Deku
1 month ago
Reply to  Terry

Boga is LW. IDK why people keep mentioning his for the RW position. Chiesa would really be a dream, but Orsolini and Berardi might prove good acquisitions. I prefer for the finances to go to buying Romagnoli’s partner: Fofana, Milenkovic, Ruben Dias, or anyone similar to their level.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago

I’ll say it again. We still need a better right wing. Samu is just not good enough as a starter. On a better note, calabria is looking good again. Him and kalulu should be good for us. Our cb did a good job today. They were calm on the ball and that’s a good sign. Wish Diaz came in earlier as well as tonali. All in all, Milan are looking good right now

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

brahim will definitely be better rw than casti. tonali was pretty bad; misplacing too many passes, bad positioning, slow, providing less cover for defence line than ben. he needs more time to gel

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
1 month ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

We have said this time and time again Castillejo as a starter in our right wing will not work . We need Chiesa !!! Maldini should cry out to Elliot . We need a right winger that can guarantee goals.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago
Reply to  Gbenga AJOSE

Exactly. Even if it’s not chiesa, the winger needs to have real speed, agility and acceleration. The best wingers have this. This is why guys like suso, samu, Diaz and salemakers won’t be world class on the wing. Diaz is more of a atm. But the others don’t have true speed, speed that makes a defense think twice. Look at rebic, he’s stretched that defense. The right side doesnt

Jane
Jane
1 month ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

I am glad you mentioned “real speed, agility and acceleration.” which chiesa does not have including skills. He is only average on all of those front. Milan needs a quality material that imitate the likes of Mane, Salah etcetera. I feel Doku and Memphis would have been phenomenal because Chiesa is OVERRATED. No wonder nobody is else will table a bide. Can’t wait for Leo and Rebic to return.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jane
Meer-1
Meer-1
1 month ago

Defence was okiesh Gabbia and Kjaer had a nervy start but this was expected since it was their first competitive match since August….midfield we dominated this is something which will grind us result and points….kudos to kessie and Ismaël a job well done….with Rebic and Leao missing we are domed at lw same goes for rw a right winger is must Samu and salesmakers should be our back up we need a good starter a proven goal scorer and then zlatan did everything….hakan did a wonderful job cemented his place there, may be Díaz can be a good back up…..finally… Read more »

Agustinar
Agustinar
1 month ago

Congratulation boys. An important first opening match of a long season. I hope it will start the glorious days of Milan again.

Agustinar
Agustinar
1 month ago

I think there is a difference between Position and Role. Position : DMC, MC, AMC. Role : deep lying/midfield/advanced playmaker, ball winning, box to box, trequartista. Not all role applicable in all position such as trequartista. Fans also say about regista and mezzala. Regista is an DMC-deep lying playmaker (Bennacer). Mezzala is an MC-box to box (?). Kessie is now able to play all DMC/MC-ball winning and DMC/MC box to box. He is a rare player

Gab
Gab
1 month ago
Reply to  Agustinar

True. Just like yaya toure, very rare.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Gab

rijkaard was even rarer. he could be as good as blind or costacurta playing as cb. he could be as good as desailly or makelele as dm. he could be high scoring box to box or even playmaking cm like yaya or ballack. best dm of all time

Agustinar
Agustinar
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Rijkaard, one of the trio from Holland, a legend of Milan

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

lemme copy paste meself again here because i posted it on wrong article di marzio has been a clown for 2 years now so no one should take him seriously anymore but interestingly according to him lyon are ok with letting depay go to milan in exchange for paqueta. now, im against paqueta sale not only because i think he’s quality player but also because if milan let him go now and madrid slap high price tag on brahim then next year milan will have to buy yet another am as hakan’s competitor, which in todays market wont come for… Read more »

K.caesar
K.caesar
1 month ago

From wat I saw last night.. Zlatan- can’t play 90mins without going MIA for at least 40mins. Colombo is still growing and so can’t be relied on. Milan needs another solid STRIKER! Bakayoko- will be essential in very tactical games. Bannecer can easily pick up cards in such games because the opponents will try to bully him around. Cahalnoglu- Might yet turn out to be the best MF with the highest assist this season (depending on If the club wake up early enough and add another finisher to its collection). Calabria- Is worth more than what Milan fans have belittled… Read more »

Milanito
Milanito
1 month ago

Decent game but still somewhat lacking, especially on the wings, but I’m not sure if Chiesa is the answer to those problems. However, he would definitely be an upgrade to what we have available at the moment. After watching all of our preseason friendly matches I was very disappointed to see the coach leave Paqueta out of the squad, considering his performances in those games and knowing his skill level. I have major concerns about how Pioli manages some of our best talents, namely Paqueta and Leao, which has left me not fully sold on his appointment but for the… Read more »

ahmed salem
ahmed salem
1 month ago

IN: (according to the news)
-Depay for paqueta (straight up)
-Torreira 5M (on loan)
-melinkovic 35M
-tonali 10M (loan)
-kjaer 3.5M
-Saelemaekers 3.5M
OUT:
-suso 23M………………(SOLD)
-andea S. 9M………….(SOLD)
-ricardo R. 3M………..(SOLD)
-gustavo 2M…………..(SOLD)
-conti 10M
-krunic 10M
thats ZERO if we can sell conti and krunic, then we have whatever budget elliot has for us this year for a winger.
and what a maldini MASTERCLASS it would be.