Dortmund 1-2 Milan Primavera: Abate’s side top of Youth League group – the goals

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan’s Primavera side made it two wins from two in the UEFA Youth League with an impressive 2-1 victory away against Borussia Dortmund this afternoon.

Dortmund made it to the quarter-finals of the last edition of the Youth League where they lost 9-8 on penalties to Hajduk Split after a 1-1 draw. The Croatian side would go on to beat Milan in the semi-finals.

The German outfit won the first game of their 2023-24 European campaign 1-0 against Paris Saint-Germain, while Milan were 4-0 winners against Newcastle United making them the early pace-setters.

Ignazio Abate’s men ran out to an early 2-0 lead. The first goal came via a teasing Chaka Traore free-kick from the left wing that was flicked in by Diego Sia at the near post with the goalkeeper motionless.

The second goal was created by Chaka too as he won the ball bang and found Kevin Zeroli in space, who buried a low shot inside the far post to make it 2-0.

A consolation did arrive for the home side by it was in added time and there was to be no late drama, meaning Milan are top of the group with six points out of six.

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  1. Before people start calling for Abate to replace Pioli when things go rough, please DON’T. There are levels to coaching..sure once in a while rarity exists that a your team coach can make it in a big club but let Abate go get his bones in lower league first team clubs before trying out a big team.

    1. Yeah and also because abate’s still relatively young so he needs more coaching experience unlike arteta, xavi, or even guardiola who trained Blaugrana at 37s.

      1. Yes, Arteta was the assistant to Guardiola for 3.5 years, he was basically co-manager, got a lot of experience there. Xavi did 3 season in Saudi Arabia I think. Guardiola is special, they already knew he will be a manager while he was playing. Nobody ever though Abate will be a manager. So, they all had experience. Now let me remind you of this one guy called Filippo Inzaghi, he was a really good manager at Milan Primavera with over 2 points per game and he had a great season. Abate has 1.52 points per game. How did Inzaghi do at Milan? After that. Where is he the manager now? You cherry picked one guy that is special and you’re trying to make a point that doesn’t exist. I have even more examples. The positive stories in these cases are like 5% of them, 95% is a horrible fail.

      2. You missed the rarity point. Why didnt you choose Pippo Inzaghi, Brocchi, Stramaccioni, DeBoer, and I’ll throw Seedorf in there too? Pippo had the best stats for the coaching exams and a great run in alot of the cups but couldn’t manage a big club. At least Gattuso got experience with smaller clubs before taking on the job and did quite well given the situation we were in at the time.
        Guardiola had one of the greatest to ever played the game in his team and at the same time he (Guardiola) was special as a coach to the groundbreaking level as Sacchi.
        It’s you guys that are the same people I’m talking about. There’s no way right now Pioli isn’t better than Abate and 90% of available coaches. The current level of Primavera league is poor. Not many are breaking into top teams like before.

      3. yes Arteta who just lost to bloody Lens and even last season was an embarrassment in Europa

        such an inspiration, def not overhyped

  2. The structures of their game has become much better this season compared to last. Could this Spanish assistant who came in have had some impact, I wonder…And of course, they were smart haveing s very young team last year, and keeping the core intact this year while many others changed a lot (Lecce who won last year is in the relegation spots…).

  3. Well, primavera is showing signs of a great future for out team. Lets hope the young lads keep working hard and keep their heads down. They are our future.

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