AC Milan’s first preseason friendly may only have been 60 minutes against an amateur side, but there were nonetheless some positive signs.
As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews), Yacine Adli stole the show as he immediately demonstrated what he hopes to bring to Stefano Pioli’s system when the competitive action gets underway.
The former Bordeaux man played the ball plenty, moved a lot and in a smart way, showed off his technique and his vision too for the assist to Junior Messias. The Frenchman did not score himself, but had a hand in two of the three goals scored by Milan in the first of three 20-minute periods.
Adli even spoke Italian with his team-mates and this is certainly helping him to settle in quickly. He also stated that he watched many Milan games last season, during which he studied the movements and mechanisms of the 4-2-3-1.
Yesterday’s friendly was obviously not very indicative and good performances against stronger opponents are needed to understand the real value of the 21-year-old, starting with the one against FC Köln on Saturday.