The last friendly match of Vincenzo Montella’s first AC Milan pre-season finished on a high note on Sunday as the Rossoneri beat Freiburg 2-0 at the Schwarzwald-Stadion.
Montella fielded a 4-3-3 system, with Donnarumma in goals (obviously, c’mon), Antonelli and Paletta the centre back pair, and De Sciglio and Calabria on the flanks. Locatelli, Kucka, and Bonaventura in the midfield. Kucka played attacking mid behing Carlos Bacca and Adriano.
The focus had been on Bacca lately, who was linked with a move away from the club, with West Ham trying their darndest to sign the Colombian, however it appears as though Bacca has changed his mind and will now stay with Milan.
It was, however, the Luiz Adriano show as the Brazilian scored a brace in the first half. It may have been a different story, however, had a Frieburg goal from Florian Niederlechner not been called for offside. The newly promoted Bundesliga side would go close again when Caglar Soyuncu was presented with an opportunity, only for his close range header to sail wide.
That would be the turning point in the match. After some sloppy Freiburg defence, a nice combination between Giacomo Bonaventura and Keisuke Honda enabled Adriano to slot home from close range to make it 1-0 in the 39th minute.
Milan would double their advantage before the break after Onur Bulut played a horrible back pass, gifting Adriano his second and Milan’s final goal, with the Brazilian slotting it calmly past the Freiburg goalkeeper.
New signing Gustavo Gomez would make his debut for the club, replaceing De Sciglio in the 71st minute.
Gomez's first impressions: "I am happy about my debut and for the win. I am settling in well and improving daily to be prepared for the start of the season. If the manager calls on me, I will be ready".
The second half would see Freiburg go close again, this time through Vincenzo Grifo, who had his shot saved bu Gianluigi Donnarumma and Janik Haberer, who hit the crossbar.
On the club’s website, Montella discussed the result and praised the overall gameplan of the team.
Coach Montella's words: "We played a fine match against a well organised team. We played flowing footbal even though we made some mistakes with the fisrt touch".On Luiz Adriano, who scored the winning brace: ”He has improved a lot in the past few days and he has shwon he can be a dcisive player". On the debut of the new arrival Gomez: "We rely a lot on him, but usually my first impressions are wrong, so I won't say anything more (laughs, e.d.). Finally on the championship: "We are trianing to do well. We are only at the beginning but we want to win, also for our supporters".
AC Milan start their season for real on Sunday against Torino.