Milan replies to the sale of Balotelli, winning with merit the Tim Trophy and both two matches against Juventus and Sassuolo. It was the night of Menez, unstoppable, and of the resurrected Honda, but also El Shaarawi wants to come back as a protagonist after the last nightmare season.
For the black-white is better to be careful: Allegri is trying to teach ideas totally different from Antonio Conte.
In this edition of Tim Trophy there is not much to save for Sassuolo: too slow to be true. Probably the pressures that last year allowed the blackgreen to triumph were missing.
Milan-Juventus 1-0 (Honda)
For this first game without Balotelli, Inzaghi try to assess the condition of Giampaolo Pazzini – the only forward in the team waiting for the substitue of “SuperMario” – and choose Essien as a playmaker. On the other side Massimiliano Allegri continue to test the 4 defense, with Evra on the left. The black-white lead the game, but Inzaghi’s team come back quickly when the midfielders retrieve the ball and creates the first real opportunity thank to a great cross by De Sciglio addressed to Honda, stopped at the decisive moment. In the half-hour Milan scores, again with De Sciglio’s cross for Honda, who hit the target this time, with a powerful left shot. The “old lady” try to react, but without conviction and the result remains the same.
Top: Menez, Honda
Flop: Lichtsteiner, Giovinco.
Juventus-Sassuolo 1-0 (Pereyra)
In the beginning Sassuolo is sprightly and without a great action by Chiellini, Kurtic could be face to face with Rubinho. But the game is in the hand of Juventus. At the half Di Francesco change Sereni and Chibsah with Berardi and Magnanelli. At 37th Longhi looses Pepe at his back, but the ex Udinese shoot is not good. The black-white continue to push, Sassuolo suffers without building anything and at 43th Pereyra is quick to convert in goal a loose ball. Juventus conquers 3 points and reaches Milan.
Top: Pereyra. Romulo
Flop: Longhi, Pepe
Milan-Sassuolo 2-0 (Menez, El Sharawi)
At 7th the blackgreen are ingenously surprised, after a corner and find themselves outnumbered with the red-black running to Pomini’s goal, desperately chased by defenders. Desperate is the play of Terranova, who tries to save the goal, rejecting the shot of Menez, but he makes it with the hand according to the referee: penalty and yellow card for the defender. Menez shoots and score the 1-0. Then El Shaarawi proves to be in great shape overcoming easily Gazzola and putting the 2-0 in goal.
Milan wins the Tim Trophy for the fourth time, after 2001, 2006 and 2008.
Top: El Shaarawy, Menez.
Flop: Magnanelli, Gazzola