Milan have won another friendly against a Serie C side, scoring all their goals in the first 45 minutes.
After beating Pro Sesto 6-0 at Milanello last Saturday, Stefano Pioli and his boys took on Serie C’s Modena today.
Milan were without Franck Kessié and Pierre Kalulu (with their national teams at the Olympic Games), Zlatan Ibrahimović, Davide Calabria and Tommaso Pobega (not 100% fit to play), Mike Maignan, Simon Kjær, Ante Rebić and Olivier Giroud (on vacation – will be back at Milanello on Monday).
Pioli played Brahim Díaz in the #10 role alongside Alexis Saelemaekers and Rade Krunić behind Rafael Leão. Brahim must have felt inspired by his new kit number, 10, as he was absolutely marvelous in the opening minutes. Within 2 minutes he already found the back of the net, finishing a move that he was at the heart of, with Theo Hernández giving him a back-heel assist.
In the 5th minute, Brahim crossed the ball which found the head of Leão who made it 2-0. Four minutes later, Ismaël Bennacer lobbed the ball and reached Fikayo Tomori and the Englishman made it 3-0 already before the 10th minute. In the 18′ minute, Leão assisted Krunić’s 4-0. Milan took their foot off the gas and scored again only in the 42′ minute as Theo scored with a wonderful long-range strike following a free-kick routine that often failed during the last season.
Pioli made a lot of changes in the second half, giving Fodé Ballo-Touré his debut, as well as bringing on Samu Castillejo, Jens Petter Hauge and Daniel Maldini. The drop in quality was felt and Milan struggled to create chances. Their best effort ended with Castillejo wasting a great opportunity.
The next Milan friendlies will be against higher-profile clubs, as they will be taking part in a Summer Tournament that will have their play Nice, Valencia, Real Madrid and Panathinaikos.
Goals: Brahim (2′), Leão (5′), Tomori (9′), Krunić (18′), Theo Hernández (42′)
AC Milan (4-2-3-1) – Stefano Pioli
Ciprian Tătăruşanu (60′ Alessandro Plizzari); Matteo Gabbia (60′ Luca Stanga), Fikayo Tomori (46′ Andrea Conti), Alessio Romagnoli (46′ Mattia Caldara), Theo Hernández (46′ Fodé Ballo-Touré); Sandro Tonali (60′ Enrico Di Gesù), Ismaël Bennacer (46′ Giovanni Robotti (83′ Andrea Capone)); Alexis Saelemaekers (46′ Samu Castillejo), Brahim Díaz (46′ Daniel Maldini), Rade Krunić (46′ Jens Petter Hauge); Rafael Leão (46′ Lorenzo Colombo).
Unused: Plizzari, Desplanches, Pseftis, Kerkez, Roback.
Modena F.C. 2018 (4-4-2) – Attilio Tesser
Riccardo Gagno (46′ Antonio Narciso); Matteo Ciofani (53′ Tommaso Maggioni), Antonio Pergreffi (46′ Mattia Minesso), Riccardo Baroni, Francesco Renzetti (46′ Luca Castiglia); Fabio Gerli (53′ Davide Gavazzi), Fabio Scarsella (46′ Andrea Ingegneri), Manuel Di Paola (46′ Fabio Ponsi), Nicola Mosti (53′ Jacopo Nelli); Roberto Ogunseye (53′ Rocco Costantino), Alessandro Marotta (46′ Edoardo Duca).
Unused: Aimi, Milesi, Molinaro, Duca.
Referee: Enrico Maggio.