After many tireless efforts in both the transfer market and the field, Newcastle United had the opportunity to return to the Champions League after a 20-year wait and coincidentally, they marched to San Siro right in the opening match. , where the last time “Magpies” appeared in this arena.
Facing an experienced AC Milan team and also playing at home, this can be seen as the ultimate challenge for Eddie Howe’s young army.
Under enormous pressure from the San Siro stands, Newcastle seemed to only know how to endure the waves of attacks created by the Rossoneri. And if it weren’t for the excellence of goalkeeper Nick Pope, they probably wouldn’t have been able to leave with 1 point.
Statistics show that, The Three Lions star had 8 saves throughout the match. Meanwhile, his teammates who received great expectations, Sandro Tonali and Bruno Guimaraes, had a forgettable day of competition.
The pair mentioned above could not control the midfield, allowing the opponent to freely deploy attack pieces. Tonali would certainly want to leave a mark on her return day, but The Italian player’s 72 minutes of participation were completely lackluster.
He only had 20 touches of the ball, 1/5 of successful duels. Furthermore, Tonali had to leave the field with an injury whose severity is currently unknown.
With a loss of control in the midfield, Newcastle encountered countless difficulties in putting pressure on the opponent’s goal. They only launched one shot on target.
The Premier League “young master” will still have a lot to do if he wants to create miracles at the highest level of club play. But after the recent draw, they still have a great chance to continue.
Meanwhile, although AC Milan could not penetrate the opponent’s net, at least coach Stefano Pioli’s team showed a convincing style of play. They take up space on the field thanks to the presence of Rade Krunic.
The Bosnian midfielder overwhelmed both Bruno and Tonali. According to Sofa Score, he owns up to 90% accurate passes and wins 5/6 duels – a parameter that shows complete dominance over his colleagues on the other side of the front line. If Olivier Giroud or Rafael Leao above take advantage of the opportunity, Krunic’s match will be even more wonderful.
With what Milan is showing, They proved that they are a bright candidate in a difficult group, where there are also the presence of two strong and experienced opponents, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund.
However, the strikers of the Italian representative will need to improve their finishing ability if they want to go far in the Champions League this season. In the last match, Milan launched 25 shots (9 on target) but not once did the ball go into the net.
Truong Son | 10:23 September 20, 2023