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AC Milan show promise against Brescia

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AC Milan finally got off the mark in the Serie A following a hard earned 1-0 win over Brescia even though the game wasn’t an easy one.

After the y lost the opening game of the season to Udinese, AC Milan were expected to give a good account of their talents in the first home game of the season against Brescia.

A few years ago, this game would have been a foregone conclusion in the favor of the San Siro giants. Those days however, are long gone.

While the likes of Juventus, Napoli and even Inter Milan are now setting the trend for modern Italian giants, the rebuilding process continues for AC Milan. Following several years of trying and testing and failing, AC Milan made massive changes during the summer transfer window. While big name players weren’t signed, a few important arrivals made the difference. Paolo Maldini became the club’s new sporting director following the departure of Leonardo. Marco Giampaolo became the club’s head coach.

While the Italian’s credential in Serie A aren’t really the ones that would guarantee titles, the former Sampdoria coach is going to introduce a more expansive style of football, something that hasn’t been seen at AC Milan for ages.

The game against Brescia was an immensely important one for AC Milan and they did earn the three points that were needed.

It wasn’t the complete performance the expectant fans always hope for but it was a display full of promise. Suso, a player who has been impressive for the Rossoneri for many months, was the supplier to Hakan Calhanoglu’s header in the 12th minute of the game.

But that goal was the only great part of the first hour. Second half was yet another drab sort of affair but things changed when Piatek and Paquet were brought on. The duo’s introduction really sparked fresh life into Milan’s otherwise placid display.

While he may be young, Gigi Donnarumma gave yet another amazing display. He made some crucial saves which kept AC Milan in the game. As the season matures, the young goalkeeper’s form will be important.

A virtuoso display from the defense was also needed. Davide Calabria was solid defensively. He may be no Chiellini but Alessi Romagnoli was the last man on the defensive line. Without him, AC Milan might struggle defensively.

The same can be said of Matteo Musacchio who was solid even though a few misplaced passes might have ruined things for him and his team.

Franck Kessie really took the game by the scruff of its neck and was literally fighting for the AC Milan cause.

For years, AC Milan have been looking for a regista and in Ismael Bennacer they may have found one. The Algerian was impeccable to say the least. Great defensively while proving to be that missing link to the defense, Bennacer is another player who will be important to the team’s aspirations for the season.

While his future remains up in the air, Andre Silva was also in great spirits. The young Portuguese is a gifted player and only needs some consistency to get back to the top.