Team news: Milan were without Andrea Conti, Mateo Musacchio, Alessio Romagnoli, Alen Halilović, Tommaso Pobega and Rafael Leão, while Bologna had to do without the suspended Gary Medel. Kickoff time for Matchday 1 of the 2020/21 Serie A season was 20:45 CEST at Stadio San Siro.

Goals: Ibrahimović (35′, 50′ pk)
Red card: Dijks (88′)

AC Milan (4-2-3-1) – Stefano Pioli
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Simon Kjær (71′ Léo Duarte), Matteo Gabbia, Theo Hernández; Franck Kessié (76′ Sandro Tonali), Ismaël Bennacer (85′ Rade Krunić); Samu Castillejo (46′ Alexis Saelemaekers), Hakan Çalhanoğlu (71′ Brahim Díaz), Ante Rebić; Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Unused: Tătărușanu, A. Donnarumma, Kalulu, Laxalt, Paquetá, Colombo, Maldini.

Bologna F.C. 1909 (4-2-3-1) – Siniša Mihajlović
Łukasz Skorupski; Lorenzo De Silvestri, Danilo, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Mitchell Dijks; Jerdy Schouten, Nicolás Domínguez (56′ Nicola Sansone); Riccardo Orsolini (56′ Andreas Skov Olsen), Roberto Soriano (80′ Mattias Svanberg), Musa Barrow (83′ Emanuel Vignato); Rodrigo Palacio (80′ Federico Santander).
Unused: Da Costa, Bani, Denswil, Mbaye, Baldursson, Poli, Juwara.

Referee: Federico La Penna.

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Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

still doesnt have the balls to play brahim i see. ah well, at least rebic is back, and soon so will romag and leao. with key players coming back as starters, hopefully milan can maintain their post covid performance level

Agustinar
1 month ago

In 433, the 3 upfront are called forwards who have an equal big responsibilities in scoring goals like at Barca and Liverpool. This formation is an offensive and balance formation. Other offensive formation are 424 and 4213 but this formation are not balance because they are weak in midfield. In 4231, which not an offensive formation, the 1 upfront has the biggest responsibilities in scoring goals. The 3 players behind it are called Attacking MIDFIELDERS. An AM has both responsibilities in first, to assist and second, to score goals. But they are also have responsibilities to defend as a midfielder.… Read more »

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
1 month ago
Reply to  Agustinar

So are u saying Chiesa doesn’t know how to defend ??? Am sorry , this your analysis does not hold water .

Agustinar
1 month ago
Reply to  Agustinar

in back 4 formation, it should have 1 offensive fullback and 1 defensive full back so it always has 3 defenders at the back. That is why Calabria is more suitable than Conti since Theo is a good offensive fullback. In 4231, the 2 DMC should also has 1 more defensive who will cover the offensive full back. That is why Kessie is positioned on left DMC. When the left fullback is offensive, then the AML should play more to cut inside like what Rebic does. Then the AMR should take the responsibility to play wide and make crossing.

Agustinar
1 month ago
Reply to  Agustinar

that is why Saelemaekers is more suitable than Samu to fill the AMR because he is a right footed and his responsibility is more to make good crossing or assist than to add more goals

Agustinar
1 month ago
Reply to  Agustinar

In 4231, since one DMC is a deep playmaking, the AMC should take more responsibility to add goals from second line or long shoot or solo run. This was what Kaka did in the past since Pirlo did the deep playmaking. Hakan is good (not excellent) in shooting from inside and outside the box but not in solo run because he is slow, but he is still better than Paqueta in this role position. But Diaz showed promising ability in preseason to play better than Hakan in this role position

Ted
Ted
1 month ago
Reply to  Agustinar

Watching the team when Bologna were on the ball, I saw Hakan pulling back quite deep on the LCM position and when Milan were attacking he also started from the deep pulling with the ball into the no. 10 position. He seemed quite lively in the build up, not slow at all

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

lol, galliani at san siro celebrating ibra’s goal. what is this, 2011 again? good stuff

dejan10
dejan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

That’s what I was about to say. Just like old times 😉

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  dejan10

and in the end ibra won the match for milan with his doppietta, EXACTLY like good old times. good stuff

alexmilan55
alexmilan55
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

I don’t know who said that Ibra should be Piatek’s substitute… Because Ibra is old… And you and I were trying to make fun of that user. How to ever say Piatek better than Ibra ??? OMG

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  alexmilan55

i know who it was and lets just say he was on some potent mushroom haha.
piatek is not bad #9 but ibra is so much better and more complete

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
1 month ago

Any link pls?

Urban
Urban
1 month ago
Reply to  Gbenga AJOSE

Hesgoal

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
1 month ago
Reply to  Urban

Lol

dejan10
dejan10
1 month ago

Imagine if Ibra had stayed with us since 2012 as he wanted… Incredible player.

Urban
Urban
1 month ago

Samu big disappointment….

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
1 month ago
Reply to  Urban

Got stupid yellow card ! Just first match..and some people here said we don’t need a right winger ….

Urban
Urban
1 month ago
Reply to  Gbenga AJOSE

He can’t stay on his feet.. I saw him as 80th min sub

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Gbenga AJOSE

saladmaker and brahim said namaste

dejan10
dejan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Urban

Yep, didn’t see that one coming… How this guy managed to fool Milan into offering him a contract is mind blowing.

Gali
Gali
1 month ago

I really don’t get why Castillejo always cuts in the middle while Calabria already is in good position to cross.. I never seen once just once he passes the ball for crossing …

Zion
Zion
1 month ago

Good solid win but Pioli made his substitutions way too early. Smh

Especially with removing the core of the team defense and midfield pairing of Bennacer and Kessié.

There’s no rush to play Tonali. Sigh. The season is long so he will have time to integrate with the team.

Brahim Díaz looked nice. Really like what I saw from him and what about Calabria? Wow! What a performance. He’s improving and he was great today.

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
1 month ago
Reply to  Zion

Yes Calabria was a monster tonight. Good job to him. He had one bad season and came back strong proving us all wrong.

TruRossoneri
TruRossoneri
1 month ago
Reply to  Zion

I believe it’s because we have a match this Thursday and he wanted to rest some of his key players and not risk an injury.

Zion
Zion
1 month ago
Reply to  TruRossoneri

Ok, that makes sense

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Zion

how about ibra? was he better than kris “better than inzaghi” piatek? andre silva has scored 2 goals btw

Zion
Zion
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Bro, get over yourself man. Your Like an annoying kid. You can move on from that now. Good grief!

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Zion

why dont u move on first and praise ibra who literally won the match for milan

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
1 month ago
Reply to  Zion

Ignore him. Stupid comments and stupid name calling people – our own players who we should be loving. Like come on.

Zion
Zion
1 month ago
Reply to  MilanEstonia

I will definitely take your advice 🙂 Thanks

alexmilan55
alexmilan55
1 month ago
Reply to  MilanEstonia

He is sometimes wrong, I had also argues about his ideas, but this time, regarding this question, he is right, I was also irritated when I wrote that Ibra should be Piatek’s substitute. There is no comparison beetween Ibra and Piatek, one is a champion, a fuoriclasse, a top class and one is a decent/good striker, one season wonder

alexmilan55
alexmilan55
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

You are extremely right with this question, thumb up ! Some people don’t understand football, how ever to say Ibra should be Piatek’s reserve ? Looool

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  alexmilan55

those people are called les midtables or the uninitiated

Gab
Gab
1 month ago
Reply to  Zion

We have a game on Thursday so these players need some rest. That’s why he made those subs

alexmilan55
alexmilan55
1 month ago
Reply to  Zion

If the score allows to make some changes it’s ok to do it, because Tonali and Diaz need minutes in their legs, it’s the best way to integrate them and to give them confidence. Also for Duarte, let’s not forget that thursday we play again a very important game and we need fresh people.

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
1 month ago

Good win. Ibracadabra missed a hat trick – wasn’t so easy though. Castilejo is a good squad player, that’s all.. but salaemaekers was much better than him tonight. Has good vision but weak shots,passes, etc. That should give Maldini a sign that we surely need a winger. Tonali wasn’t sharp, not sure what’s up.. maybe he’s still very nervous. So let’s give him time. Our midfield is kinda set to be honest. DM should be the least priority. Diaz was tricky but most of the time he over did it. I don’t think he’s going to do anything significant to… Read more »

Zion
Zion
1 month ago
Reply to  MilanEstonia

I believe Brahim Diaz will be a monster for us this season. Give him time. Tonali needs time too. I don’t know why Pioli is rushing to play him. He will need a full season to settle.

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
1 month ago
Reply to  Zion

I hope he does. But either way he’s going back to Real so I don’t want to focus on him sadly.

Milanellofm
Milanellofm
1 month ago
Reply to  Zion

Being up 2-0 and taking the core of midfield to bring in tonali and drahim was a risk but it’s good to give them minutes. You always want to show your new signings and slowly integrate them into the team. It was a fine fine match for it being the first game of the season. Calabria, gabbia, donnarumma, bennacer and ibra all looked of top quality. They all had a good game and my only doubt was castillejo. He’s a good bench player but we need a new winger and also a defender. Those should be the priorities and we… Read more »

Zion
Zion
1 month ago
Reply to  Milanellofm

Agreed 100%. Pioli should bench Castellijo and start Saelemaekers or Brahim Diaz. We definitely need a winger. Still dreaming about Chiesa. Keita Balde is another good option too.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

congrats john malkovich and the boys for the convincing win. all players except samu and hakan were solid but bennnassie, theo, rebic and ibra were class way above the others. also, it says a lot about how maldini and moncada are successfully rebuilding the squad that nowadays milan can sub on players who are just as good if not better than the starters as clearly brahim and saladmaker were having better night than samu and hakan. although i must say, john must realize that milan looked very unbalanced allowing bologna to have at least 2 or 3 legit goalscoring chances… Read more »

alexmilan55
alexmilan55
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

My friend, Rebic played under his possibilities, he was not so good in yesterday game, he run a lot, put some effort, but in the attack he did nothing, Rebic was on the same level like Hakan, under their possibilities

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  alexmilan55

last nite, as always, rebic’s ball control, decision making skills and footballing intelligence were way above everyone else except ibra and theo. yes he was underwhelming but its because hakan and ibra wouldnt pass him the ball. rebic looked world class

Raven
Raven
1 month ago

Donna: Savior

Theo: Unstoppable
Gabbia: Solid
Kjaer: Interceptor
Calabria: Engine

Bennacer: Reliable
Kessie: Technical

Rebic: Strong
Calhanoglu: Indispensable
Castillejo: Desire

Zlatan: Ibrahimovic

Diaz: Classy
Saelemakers: Promising
Krunic: Yellow
Tonalli: Sorry
Duarte: So-so

Pioli: Crazy
Galliani: Bungalol joking… Fan

Niels8
Niels8
1 month ago
Reply to  Raven

Kessie and Bennacer should be swapped.

Raven
Raven
1 month ago
Reply to  Niels8

You know? Bennacer is not doing much, Kessie is way more influential, he is pulling some Bakayoko’s skills to cover the ball and find space to pass forward.

Bennacer’s role is a bit more of covering spaces, this game showed me that we do not have an alternative for Kessie, and he is one of the indispensables, maybe even more than Calhanoglu.

Meer-1
Meer-1
1 month ago

Dona was great must have saved three to four goal scoring opportunities any one seen what kepa did at Chelsea yesterday. Calabria was monster today, good performance from Theo too….as soon as kajer goes we crumble plz maldini cb is top priority….kessie and Ismaël dominated midfield silk moves perfect as match goes on….hakan was good so was Díaz…..will be looking forward to see him start this upcoming Europa qualifying round….Díaz can have a season with us looks more promising than tonali…Rebic was ok but zlatan was boss today….and salesmakers really surprised me good performance but Samu was disappointing….cb and rw… Read more »

Chukwuma
Chukwuma
1 month ago

I want Pioli to try replacing Castillejo with Brahim Diaz in the starting XI. That boy has quick feets and is a better dribbler and isn’t afraid to play direct football by taking on opposing players. From the little I have seen from him ,he can do a better job than Castillejo on the right wing without even using the extent of his abilities.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago

Can we all finally agree we need a rw that is truly fast and can at least be more direct. Obviously if they were goal scorers that would be preferred but if they can only take players on and provide assists, that would be fantastic to.

ahmed salem
ahmed salem
1 month ago

things we learned from todays match:
-we dont need a new RB (calabria can reach maturity this year)
-we need a new CB
-we need a sub-CM (tonali wont be ready b4 Jan nxt yr)
-we need a world class RW asap

alexmilan55
alexmilan55
1 month ago
Reply to  ahmed salem

Tonali will be ready in 2 weeks !

Raven
Raven
1 month ago
Reply to  ahmed salem

Calabria is a good attacking full back and has always been, last season he was garbage, like most of the team before Ibra’s arrival. Tonalli is a NT player, he is ready now. CB? IDK, Gabbia was solid, he played with confidence, and did not make huge errors. Sub DM for Kessie is needed, but one of his caliber is a tough one to find, maybe Bakayoko’s but fuck Chelsea. I trust the scouts to find a man with the same characteristics for 15m CHIESA CHIESA CHIESA CHIESA CHIESA! Imagine Chiesa and Calabria, that’s a nightmare for all the teams… Read more »

Rossi
Rossi
1 month ago

For those who say that certain players didnt perform as good, relax. This players were either injured for a longer time or just joined the team, they are still not fit give them a month to come back in form and gel with the rest of the team.

Agustinar
Agustinar
1 month ago
Reply to  Rossi

Agree

Agustinar
Agustinar
1 month ago

Why was Kjaer substituted? Is he injured? The defense looked vulnerable since Kessie and Kjaer out.

Ross Oneri
Ross Oneri
1 month ago
Reply to  Agustinar

The coach was thinking about Thursday ‘s match.

Lando
Lando
1 month ago

I can’t remember, is this the the first time milan won their first match of the season for idk how many years now?
Anyway nice win.
I hope Calabria will improve even further so milan can focus their budget for cb and rw

Agustinar
Agustinar
1 month ago
Reply to  Lando

Agree

Lando
Lando
1 month ago
Reply to  Agustinar

Why would someone give you a thumb down just for saying “agree” ?

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
1 month ago
Reply to  Lando

Haha I was thinking the same Lando. Kinda funny

Ted
Ted
1 month ago

Good first match from the team, confident display, deserved win. Ibra is Ibra, real life Benjamin Button as he calls himself. Calabria was really good, hope he builds on it. I was really impressed by Brahim Diaz. Sure the boy needs more time to gel with others and adjust to the league but his hunger and attack driven mentality was really refreshing, let alone boy’s quick feet. Had me nervous when Kjaer was subbed for Duarte. You can’t leave Gabbia on the field with someone who just came back from long lay off, especially someone like Duarte who hasn’t play… Read more »

Agustinar
Agustinar
1 month ago
Reply to  Ted

True

Agustinar
Agustinar
1 month ago

Diaz played better than Hakan

Agustinar
Agustinar
1 month ago

It seems that Milan10 and I are the person who get the most thumbs down in this blog. Lol

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Agustinar

lmao. now now mate. first off, even preteens should learn not caring about how many thumbs down or mean things said to them on goddamn internet. secondly, thumbs down u, let alone milan10, get dont necessarily means that u, let alone milan10, are wrong. it might mean ur so right and so ahead of others when it comes to football knowledge. i also got many thumbs down when i said milan should get rid of morontella, hakan should play as am, kessie as dm, ibra must come back, maldini and pioli should stay etc. dont worry, like i said last… Read more »

Raven
Raven
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Or when you claimed that without 442 Milan won’t win, it’s good that Pioli is not a Milan10ista, joking pal

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Raven

whoa mate, so milan DID win something with this 4-2-3-1? i must’ve been sleeping for years

Raven
Raven
1 month ago
Reply to  Agustinar

Milan10’s attitude of being a dick leds him to thumbs down(not me), He knows what he is talking about.

Your arguments are designed for thumbs down(not me)

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Raven

theres clear difference between being a dick and being all-knowingly frank *wink