Team news: Bologna were without Adama Soumaoro, while Milan had to do without the suspended Yunus Musah, as well as without the injured Ismaël Bennacer, and without Fodé Ballo-Touré, Divock Origi, Alexis Saelemaekers and Marko Lazetić who are on the mercato. Kickoff time for Matchday 1 of the 2023/24 Serie A was 20:45 CEST at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.

Goals: Giroud (11′), Pulisic (21′)

Bologna FC 1909 (4-2-3-1) – Thiago Motta
Łukasz Skorupski; Stefan Posch, Sam Beukema, Jhon Lucumí, Charalampos Lykogiannis (87′ Tommaso Corazza); Michel Aebischer, Nicolás Domínguez (72′ Oussama El Azzouzi); Dan Ndoye, Lewis Ferguson, Nikola Moro (46′ Riccardo Orsolini); Joshua Zirkzee (87′ Sydney van Hooijdonk).
Unused: Bagnolini, Ravaglia; Bonifazi, De Silvestri, Sosa; Fabbian, Urbanski.

AC Milan (4-3-3) – Stefano Pioli
Mike Maignan; Davide Calabria (73′ Pierre Kalulu), Malick Thiaw (87′ Simon Kjær), Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernández; Ruben Loftus-Cheek (73′ Tommaso Pobega), Rade Krunić, Tijjani Reijnders; Christian Pulisic (73′ Samuel Chukwueze), Olivier Giroud (73′ Noah Okafor), Rafael Leão.
Unused: Mirante, Sportiello; Bartesaghi, Florenzi; Adli, Romero, Zeroli; Colombo.

Referee: Luca Pairetto.

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Gems

Forza milan

Nesta1

Looking good

Dan Ban

half time Report: Where the heck was this team in pre-season? haha quick passes, good runs, nice looking crosses. Other than Calabria being out of position a couple of times, but again, pre-season looked nothing like this and in a good way

OBAAJE

Hell yeah you’re right

Azad

A preseason is a PREseason!
Calabria isn’t out of position. Milan play with inverted FBs

Rossi

Well playing against Bologna and Real is not the same.

PJOHNSON

This is what annoys me with poli, now you have depth, use it

Dindudre

Same back passes. telling the team to kill the game so early is not a good way to play against teams. We need to continue to push to score even when we’re up by 4. This style of play will continue to bite us against better opponents. Also, Calabria is the easiest RB to dribble in all of football. smh

Dan Ban

They took off the foot from the gas pedal for sure. I’d take two positives though

  1. At least Pioli made subs like-for-like. Last season he took off the Leaos and put on the Krunics/Kjaers .
  2. We slowed down when we were 2 goals up. Last season we were 1-0 and parked the bus.

Some progress. But i’m with you. We have the chance to put many goals in.

Dan Ban

On the Calabria thing. Would you put Kalulu instead? I wont even mention Florenzi. He’ll get injured in a few weeks and be out for 3 months

Alvaro

I need a wats up group to join

Carlo Gambino

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