Team news: RB Salzburg were without Kamil Piątkowski, Ignace Van der Brempt, Luka Sučić, Mamady Diambou, Ousmane Diakité and Sékou Koïta while Milan had to do without Ciprian Tătăruşanu, Malick Thiaw, Aster Vranckx, Yacine Adli, Tiémoué Bakayoko and Zlatan Ibrahimović who are out of the Champions League list, as well as without the injured Alessandro Florenzi and Rade Krunić. Kickoff time for Matchday 1 of the 2022/23 Champions League Group Stage was 21:00 CET at Red Bull Arena.

Goals: Okafor (28′), Saelemaekers (40′).

FC Red Bull Salzburg (4-3-1-2) – Matthias Jaissle
Philipp Köhn; Amar Dedić, Oumar Solet (42′ Bernardo), Strahinja Pavlović, Andreas Ulmer; Nicolás Capaldo, Nicolas Seiwald, Maurits Kjærgaard; Dijon Kameri (65′ Lucas Gourna-Douath); Noah Okafor (92′ Junior Adamu), Fernando (65′ Benjamin Šeško).
Unused: Mantl, Walke; Baidoo, Van Der Brempt; Diarra; Šimić. 

AC Milan (4-2-3-1) – Stefano Pioli
Mike Maignan; Davide Calabria (57′ Sergiño Dest), Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernández; Ismaël Bennacer (57′ Tommaso Pobega), Sandro Tonali; Alexis Saelemaekers (80′ Junior Messias), Charles De Ketelaere (70′ Brahim Díaz), Rafael Leão; Olivier Giroud (57′ Divock Origi).
Unused: Jungdal, Mirante; Ballo-Touré, Gabbia, Kjær. 

Referee: Srđan Jovanović (SRB).

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Dan Ban

Chelsea is losing. This is the champions League, there are no easy games. Come on boys!! I’m thinking a big game for CDK

Max

Best of luck boys!
If Milan were to play 4-1-4-1 we could have Bennacer or Tonali as regista and CDK, Brahim, Adli, Rebic, even Origi and Salaemaekers for the two CAM positions. Bennacer and Tonali could play there too.

Milancrazyfan

Lets have a great game folks. Good luck to our rossoneri lions. Chelsea lossing so far, no easy game in chl. Cautious approach. Forzzaaa milan.

Ronaldinho80

I hope we win to secure valuable points in relation to Chelsea

davide

link pls

Coach Seedorf

Please guys, where can I live stream this match from Nigeria?

Milancrazyfan

High press from these guys. Hopefully they’ll get tired.

Ronaldinho80

We are one down

Milancrazyfan

Gotta create more from the wings. They look vulnerable at the back on the wings. In the center of the field, they look solid. We cant break them so far.

Milancrazyfan

We gotta start scoring from these corner kicks. Can’t remember the last time we actually scored from 1.

Gems

Yes we are crap on set pieces
balls never deep enough or to deep
players to stagnant waiting in the middle,
we need to work on set pieces in training,
to many wasted set pieces in matches

SJF

Tonali’s delivery on set pieces was poor, keot hitting the first man

Milancrazyfan

Salaaaaaaaddddd maaaaakkkkkeeeerrrrrrr

Ronaldinho80

When Leao runs away you cant do shit

milan4lyf

Awesome goal. Leao again.

Literally no one else in Milan has the ability to place a proper pass in the attacking phase except Leao and CDK.

Dan Ban

It’s crazy we can see the saladman has the pace, he can shoot and good work rate. The dude just can’t put it all together. I’m glad he got the goal, hopefully this will give him a boost in confidence. He has clearly more potential than Messiah

milan4lyf

Salamander is very good at dribbling in tight spaces. Pioli made a good choice in picking him to start because he was very effective against Salzburg pressing. Really glad that he got a goal. Hopefully he can improve his passes and crosses.

Ronaldinho80

He is lacking vision big time. The guy when he is under pressure cant see more than 1m away

Milanodieci

Nice backheel to start the counter

Milancrazyfan

Cdk has got to get involved more. Before i get killed out here. Im not bashing the guy, yes he needs time, get adjusted etc. He’s got talent he’ll do great. Just he has to get involved more.

milan4lyf

He was involved. In fact, his touch started the whole attack mate. Salzburg plays an intense pressing game. Not easy to play against for attackers specially when the rest of the team keeps misplacing passes after passes. The bright spots are Leao, CDK and Bennacer.

Ronaldinho80

Yap till goal avery crucial pass has been misplaced

Gems

Yeah cdk was ordinary today
maybe Pioli should have kept him on
and he could have produced something late on ,
diaz is useless , I’d prefer adli come on than Diaz
shame adli left out of squad , I think he could offer
a lot more than diaz in that role

Milancrazyfan

Totally agreed. Plus he can play else where in midfield. Sucks that we the number of players reduced because of crooked uefa. But yeah adli would have been better there. Would have let diaz play domestically and adli in chl squad.

Last edited 20 days ago by Milancrazyfan
milan4lyf

Pioli need to teach our players how to switch the game from Left to Right and Vice versa. That’s the only way you can counter high press and No one in our team is capable of switching the side with a long ball.

Rossi

Exactly. Thats all that Salzburg did. Crowd you on one side with players where the ball is while leaving their other side compleatly exposed. We didnt took advantage of that at all.

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milan4lyf

Our players are looking really exhausted after halftime.

Milancrazyfan

Now im scared. Ben out, Po in.

milan4lyf

This substitution literally made no sense to me.

Milancrazyfan

However, not bad so far from po. Dont wanna jinx it though.

Gems

Yeah I feel Pioli made changes to rest players after the derby
instead of keeping big guns on to win the game,
not sure about the subs today
only made us weaker and less likely to get the win

Milancrazyfan

Wth saldmaker. Cross that damn ball.

milan4lyf

Salzburg isn’t even defending our Right Flank lol

Milancrazyfan

For the love of god. Mesias is even worse. He is fresher than the rest of team. Shouldnt be making those silly mistakes.

Gems

Yeah I think I would have preferred saladmaker playing 90 mins today

Dindudre

Our center forwards are constantly starved in the middle. seems like Pioli tells the boys not to cross the ball into the middle it’s crazy!

Milancrazyfan

Very true. One of the reasons is that we dont have a proper am yet. Maybe cdk will be the one one day, but who knows

Milancrazyfan

Damn leao, that stupid post.

milan4lyf

Draw is a very Good result on Salzburg’s turf. But, sadge is.. Besides Leao, Not a single other Milan attacker even possessed a little bit of goal-threat. Pioli needs to seriously work on our attack. We play a very good pressing game defensively, but Salzburg looked a lot more threatening than Milan despite us having more possession.

Milancrazyfan

Totally agreed. Cdk has got the talent but he is too young to put a lot of responsibility on him. We’ll burn him out. A lot of misplaced passes and confuzed sometimes. He should be slowly integrated. But milan managment and coaching staff know more.

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Milancrazyfan

Ok not a bad result since Chelsea lost and all and away goal. Group stages. Plenty of room to make up points. The boys got a fresh taste of champions league and the ruthless schedule. Most of them were tired 2nd half. Subs gotta step up. Pobega not bad, did a good job in my opinion, nothing crazy worked hard and tough dude. Tonali was the best on the field un my opinion tonight. Dont wanna take anything from leao pls. Origi gotta work on his finish. Zhiru was probably tired as hell since he is not spring chicken anymore.… Read more »

Jon

Overall not a bad result but I expected more from De Ketalaere. And Calabria was just awful.
Someone needs to talk to De Ketalaere… When is he going to start taking initiatives and use his talent. I’m already thinking we missed out on Dybala and Belotti, Origi is just trash!

Milancrazyfan

Gotta give time to cdk. He is young. We dont wanna overwhelm him like we did with pato and that brazilian kid that just went to premier league from france. We’ll see how this is gonna play out.

SJF

CDK needs some time and hes still very young and inexperienced, the talent is there.
Dybala would have been a great option for us. At the moment its all on Leao to cut teams open

Mario

People who call others trash are the biggest trash themselves, imho

Jon

Ha! The irony. Smartass.

spike

Origi is TOTAL trash

SJF

The lads struggled tonight, looked tired, physically and mentally.
This years schedule is tough.
We just don’t have the depth to rotate.

Giroud just can’t be expected to start 3 games in a row at 36.

A lot of our signings came late in the window and will need time to integrate (obviously several are not in CL squad).
If we can get through the group faze we will hopefully have more options after Christmas.

Bravo to salemakers today, best game he has had in some time

Oluwa Shevy

Who is our next opponent Chelsea or Zagreb

Milancrazyfan

Zagreb

SJF

Zagreb will be tricky too. Its not an easy group

Oluwa Shevy

But at home I feel we should do the work it’s a most win because the next two will be Chelsea which is crucial as well our performance there will determine our qualifications although Chelsea not in the very best of form but there are big teams u never can tell but am sure we up to the task

Oluwa Shevy

If we parenventure call this group an hard group that means we not near the big boys in this competition what are we going to say for last season the Group we where or the group of inter this season mancity or psg will kick tongue for this group but definitely I know we will get there and definitely qualify that am sure off a draw todah is not that bad but I still expect them to do a lot much better

Vaidinho

Team is very exciting on paper and on the pitch (potential to be fully reached), and I don’t expect it to drive through regular games like a breeze, but so far I’m a bit disappointed in final third communication with all this talent, it almost seems like they get too excited and anxious closer to goal. Also set pieces, especially corners, at this point I expect nothing from those.. Anyway, that’s my two cents on the matter, but nonetheless it’s been more than 10 years since I was so excited supporting Milan, thanks to Maldini bringing in raw talent that… Read more »