Tops and flops as Milan can take several positives from loss against Valencia

By Isak Möller -

Milan played their fourth pre-season friendly earlier this evening, taking on Valencia away from home. The scores were 0-0 after 90 minutes and it thus went to penalties, where the Rossoneri eventually lost. 

Overall, though, it was a positive display from Stefano Pioli’s men as they had several chances to take home the win in regular time. Down below are the tops and flops, based on their performance tonight.

Tops

Tommaso Pobega: The youngster looked a lot better in the holding midfield role this evening, starting to adapt to the Rossoneri’s formation. Above all, he was comfortable on the ball and that helped.

He won several fouls and also wasn’t afraid to play on one touch, with opened up space for Milan. The movement was spot on and you really can’t complain about his display tonight, causing headache for the management.

Brahim Diaz: It’s nice to see him playing so well with the No.10 shirt on the back. At times in the first half, it looked like he couldn’t be stopped with his pace and skill. This resulted in several chances for the Rossoneri.

In the second half, he came incredibly close to opening the score with a lovely low-driven effort. Somehow, though, it was saved by the Valencia goalkeeper who really made a stunning save. But again, a good performance from Brahim.

Valencia v AC Milan - Pre-Season Friendly Rafael Leao of Milan and Thierry Correia of Valencia compete for the ball during the pre-season friendly match between Valencia CF and AC Milan at Estadi de Mestalla on August 4, 2021 in Valencia, Spain. Valencia Spain breton-valencia210804_npkU1 PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxFRA Copyright: xJosexBretonx

Rafael Leao: He got a lot of criticism after the game against Nice and rightfully so. He drifted out to the left way too much in that game but as Maldini started at LW tonight, he stayed more towards the centre and that was positive.

He looked very sharp on the ball and also used his pace, along with Diaz, to open up spaces for himself and his teammates. In other words, much better from him this evening and we need to see more of that.

Flops

Andrea Conti: He never really got into the game and his decision-making was quite poor. He’s not a terrible player, by any means, but it’s also very clear that having him as the second-choice right-back wouldn’t be ideal.

Valencia v AC Milan - Pre-Season Friendly Denis Cheryshev of Valencia and Andrea Conti of Milan compete for the ball during the pre-season friendly match between Valencia CF and AC Milan at Estadi de Mestalla on August 4, 2021 in Valencia, Spain. Valencia Spain breton-valencia210804_npBsO PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxFRA Copyright: xJosexBretonx

Rade Krunic: It was certainly a performance from the Bosnian who, as usual, was comfortable on the ball most of the time. However, he made a few rash tackles including one on Gaya that, to be fair, should have been a red card.

He also missed his penalty, which went wide of the post. Not good enough, that’s for sure.

Samu Castillejo: There’s a lot that can be said about the Spaniard, who seems destined to leave the club this summer. He has his moments where he does well, but the lows are simply too low.

He missed a great chance to open the scoring in the first half, on his left foot as well, but the effort was weak. He also had several misplaced passes.

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8 Comments

  1. Nelli says:

    If VAR was in use Leao would have gotten a goal to his name.
    I’m so disappointed in Samu he clearly has talent and the work rate but it’s like he plays with his eyes closed and his brain turned off.
    Valencia are lucky Krunic did break that guys leg, one of the worst/nastiest tackles I’ve seen recently.

  2. abanjo2003 says:

    Krunic should be gone along with Casti and Tatrusanu and Conti

    1. CrazyOoooO says:

      nice

  3. Marius says:

    What Tatarusanu ever did to you mate? he is a good and cheap backup… and when he entered he played above expectations.. only against AS Roma he made that mistake but you can put that on the lack of playing time.

  4. ZXCVBN says:

    I really hope milan improves from this.
    Also this season I am not confident about milan gk saving penalties unlike previous years.

  5. Toni dookie says:

    Ask any milan fans about the “ussual suspects” about the flops,and you’ll get three names but two almost consistent with it
    Krunic and castilejo

  6. Ivy says:

    It will be opposite answer if you ask Pioli who is Flop player on this match.

    1. Adrian says:

      Hauge ofc. Doesn’t matter he didn’t play.

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