After the disappointment in the Champions League against Chelsea, Milan travelled away from home to face Hellas Verona and managed to take all three points, keeping themselves close to Napoli in the standings and especially after the 0-0 draw between Udinese and Lazio which allowed the Rossoneri to jump in third place.

There weren’t many changes in the starting XI for Pioli with the most notable one being Yacine Adli picking up his first start since joining the club, pushing Brahim Diaz to play on the right instead of down the middle. Ismael Bennacer also got a rest as he sat on the bench allowing Rade Krunic to slot in the middle with Sandro Tonali. Here are three things we learned…

  1. Not ready yet

There was a lot of talk in the last couple of months as to why Yacine Adli is not getting more playing time especially since his preseason looked somewhat promising, and we finally got the answer to those questions.

The Frenchman is simply not ready to start at the moment and will have to settle for game time off the bench for now. Adli looked somewhat lost on the pitch, which probably highlights that he is yet to get used to the formation and what is asked of him

  1. A decisive debut

Malick Thiaw finally got his first minutes in a red and black shirt after his summer arrival from Schalke 04 and he had to be switched on straight away.

Standing at 1.94 metres tall he is a different type of defender compared to the ones Milan currently have, but he also looked quick enough and that helped him make a couple of critical blocks that could have seen Verona equalise on two occasions.

  1. King of the Bentegodi

Tonali followed up his brace back in May where he led the Scudetto charge and helped his side comeback from a goal down with another crucial goal, this time sealing a 2-1 win.




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