Tuttosport: Several players fail to shine for Milan during friendly draw against Real Madrid

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan’s penultimate preseason friendly ended with a 0-0 draw against Real Madrid in Austria, and it was a mixed bag of performances.

This morning’s edition of Tuttosport (via MilanNews) highlights some of the players that struggled to show much during the friendly, starting with Alexis Saelemaekers. The Belgian winger showed strong desire but missed the chance to register an assist for Rafael Leao.

Brahim Diaz was keen to do well against the team he is on loan from, and although he forced Lunin to make a great save on a nice right-footed shot, the Rossoneri No.10 was not as sharp as in other friendlies and struggled to make a mark.

Olivier Giroud made his first start and although he tried to get involved in the game, he appeared isolated at times and was not served well by his team-mates.

Rade Krunic confirmed that he is not suitable for a two-man midfield and did not much to help Sandro Tonali. Ante Rebic entered at the beginning of the second half meanwhile, but physically and mentally he is not yet at his best.

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  1. Pioli and milan will Regret letting Hauge leave. In my opinion he’s the better of the other 2 left wingers we have (rebic and leao)
    Hauge is a better finisher, he’s got Good technical abilities and tactically aware. Unlike the other 2 wasteful players that think u only just have to run round the pitch and shoot nonsense.

  2. I agreed with you bros that pioli will regret letting Hauge to leave but these guys tried yesterday against RM. Lets give them some accolate. They didn’t put us to shame.

  3. Hauge should not leave. These friendlies shows pretty much how we are sub par in terms of squad quality. Champions league? We should be grateful if we are advancing to knock out stage.

    1. No one is saying he is the new Messi or Ronaldo, but just watch the games he played against Celtic and Napoli to realize that he can become a great player, and that he is better than Rebic or Leao. The only bad thing about Haugue is that he is a very uncollective player, he takes the ball on the wing and wants to overflow to get into the box and kick at goal. Milan today is a very collective team, and I think that’s the reason why Pioli decided not to give the Norwegian a place in the team.

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