Milan have begun their pre-season training today, here are the three things spotted at Milanello.
Stefano Pioli’s men returned to work in the morning, barely a month after securing their 19th Scudetto. Not all the players showed up at the club’s training ground as those on international duty at the end of 2021-22 are still enjoying extra days of holiday.
New signing Yacine Adli was among the new faces at Milanello along with Tommaso Pobega, who has returned from his loan at Torino. Adli signed with Milan in a €10m deal a year ago but remained on loan at Bordeaux for 2021-22.
Olivier Giroud and Divock Origi will join their teammates tomorrow, but the ex-Liverpool striker will train separately from the group for at least 10 days, being still recovering from a muscle injury.
Youns El Hilali, 19, was among the youngsters joining the senior squad and scored the first goal of the season in a training match.
Here’s the list of players training at Milanello today:
Goalkeepers: Jungdal, Tătărușanu; Mirante;
Defenders: Coubis, Bartesaghi, Gabbia, Incorvaia, Michelis, Nsiala, Stanga, Kjær, Caldara;
Midfielders: Pobega, Brescianini, Adli, Eletu, Bakayoko, Gala;
Strikers: Castillejo, Brahim Díaz, El Hilali, D. Maldini, Rebić, Roback, C. Traoré.
Thousands of fans welcomed the Rossoneri at Milanello on their first training day.
The Serie A champions were given a stunning reception from their ultras, who used flares and banners to welcome their heroes.
A picture of a Milan fan wearing a Radu shirt has become viral. The Inter goalkeeper made a decisive mistake against Bologna last season, allowing the Rossoneri to remain on top of the table and eventually win the title at the expense of their city rivals.
Maldini’s speech to fans
Last but not least, both Paolo Maldini and Stefano Pioli spoke to the media. The coach held a press conference after the training session, while Maldini released an interview with the club’s official TV.
The legendary defender warned his players that they should forget about title celebrations, remembering the team’s unity that helped them win the title last season.
Maldini, Pioli, and the team met a group of fans after the training session. “The guys achieved something extraordinary, but we’ve already left it behind,” Maldini said.
“We are all focused on the targets for this season: try to win the second star and be competitive.”