CM: Two stand-outs and four flops from Milan’s defeat against Barcelona

By Euan Burns -

AC Milan’s time in the United States of America has come to an end and it concluded with a disappointing defeat against La Liga champions Barcelona. 

As reported by, the Rossoneri did not put in their greatest display and cannot argue with the 1-0 defeat, the goal coming in the second half from Ansu Fati.

There were two players who impressed for Stefano Pioli’s side. One was Tijjani Reijnders, who showed off the many facets of his midfield play for the 70 minutes he was on the pitch.

The other is Rafael Leao, who is not yet fully fit, but still made some devastating runs into the box which should have led to goals.

Fikayo Tomori, Alessandro Florenzi, Theo Hernandez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all struggled to show their best against Barcelona. Tomori was easy to dribble past, whilst Florenzi was nowhere near tight enough to Fati for the goal.

It was a mistake-riddled game for Hernandez, whilst Loftus-Cheek was not on the same wavelength as his teammates.

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  1. It was clear all players suffered from fatigue and lack of energy, most notably Giroud, Theo etc, so at full match fitness I see a lot of potential in the team and especially with the additions of players like Chukwueze, Okafor, Musah and many more

    1. They will if the right offer (like Tonali got) come… Not only for Tomori but all of our defender… None of them are irreplaceable except Theo…

  2. I think we will have to wait until we play at least 7 or 8 rounds of the serie A for a more concrete conclusion. Don’t forget that a few days ago Real lost 3:0 against Barcelona, ​​and Fiorentina conceded 5 goals from the Red Star in Belgrade in less than half an hour! Did those preparatory games give a realistic forecast for the upcoming championship!? I wouldn’t really agree. I believe that Pioli also has a somewhat clearer picture of the players and the team. The important difference should be that he will have a solid alternative for players from the starting line-up, unlike last season!

  3. Pulisic looks like a downgrade on Saelemaekers so far…For me, he is more of a flop than Florenzi who played pretty ok.

  4. Look don’t worry to much about the latest result .
    Yes looks like fitness is an issue at the moment .
    We just need to ready when the season starts ,,only rafeol leao looked likely to create anything at all ..
    This is such a new team it will take time to gel ..
    but we have got some very talented players ..We are virtually a new team from last campaign,,the players we have will produce..goals will come ..
    It just takes one win and the mentality and confidence will come …I still believe we will challenge for honours this season .

  5. I hope Pioli has just used the tour as a chance to try 433 but isn’t planning on it actually being the primary system to start the Serie A season. It feels very disjointed and like it doesn’t solidify the midfield or make the attack more dangerous. I’d like to see a double pivot again when the Bologna game comes around. I can appreciate the desire for tactical flexibility, but things aren’t in sync with it yet.

    1. He’s been sticking with 433 throughout the preseason yet I also felt the same. We are in dire need of a proper regista, a balancer, a fighter, an enforcer. Dominguez really suits the profile yet the management hasn’t made any concrete move. I doubt Musah is the right profile for this particular role.

  6. It was an exhibition so no overreaction, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the boys hit the Rhino the night before the game – it’s Vegas after all – but does Anyone still think we don’t need a RB? Unless we are planning to start Kalulu their (which may be the case) then we definitely need a RB that can provide some offensive punch. Same old story – zero contribution from the right side. Need a striker as well. Poor Giroud running around all night for nothing

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