MN: Milan take a step backwards against ZTE after Köln win – fewer positive impressions

By Oliver Fisher -

After the encouraging win against FC Köln in Germany last week, AC Milan took a bit of a backwards step in Hungary as they lost 3-2 to ZTE.

MilanNews writes how ZTE are very advanced in their physical preparation ahead of the new season and they put Milan under serious pressure with high-intensity first half. They opened the scoring two minutes in from a corner and by the 26th minute they were 3-0 up, but Olivier Giroud’s penalty and a goal from Rade Krunic nearly saw the Rossoneri come back.

In the second half, Stefano Pioli waited for the 60th minute to make the changes as some starters entered. Yacine Adli looked very bright again and got an assist for the Krunic goal, while Davide Calabria could have made it 3-3. In short, the second half was much better than the first half.

There were fewer positive indications for Pioli compared to the match against Köln, but fortunately these friendlies are played for precisely this reason and now the work will ramp up during the mini preseason retreat to Austria.

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