AC Milan faced newly promoted Venezia at the San Siro last night and came away with a solid 2-0 win despite some of our gaps showing in the first half specifically the need for the strikers to return from injury. Stefano Pioli heavily rotated the squad especially in the defence as not a single regular starter for the season made an appearance with Kalulu, Gabbia, Romagnoli and Ballo-Toure getting the nod. The lack of chemistry slowed our play down but each of the players grew into the game eventually. Gabbia has good aggression, Ballo-Toure has insane speed, Romagnoli is returning and Kalulu is exceptional overall.
Milan went into half time at 0-0 with some half chances for Rebic, Kalulu, Tonali and Leao but no real threats. Pioli pulled a masterclass with his substitutions bringing on Hernandez, Saelemaekers and Tomori at the 59th minute. Saelemaekers changed the game offering a threat down the right wing initiating the plays for both goals while Hernandez received the chances producing an assist for the opener and scoring the second goal.
Saelemaekers dribbled down the wing and played back to Bennacer who curled to the back post where Hernandez cushioned the ball across goal for Diaz to tap in for 1-0. For the second goal, Saelemaekers dribbled through a mass of retreating Venezia players before sleekly changing wing with a rolled ball which Hernandez whacked into the back of the net for 2-0. A good game and a good chance to see the depth players at work.