In their first match of the International Champions Cup, Olympiakos of Greece defeated AC Milan of Italy by a score of 3-0 after a disciplined and serious performance. The goals scored were brilliant as the winners passed the ball with precision and accuracy to create chances that were simply unstoppable. The AC Milan defense simply relied on one another to halt the plays to no avail.
Milan was a terrible side last season in the Serie A as they finished eighth in the league standings. Their defense was left in shambles by a Greek side who passed the ball with confidence, entered one vs. one situations with even more confidence and even took shots from distance without batting an eyelash…and even scoring on one of them to put the icing on the cake.
This was a friendly match which means that not too many people will worry. However, if they keep on playing a casual game without pressuring opponents inside their own final third, they will suffer defensively. Let’s face it, this was Olympiakos, a team that should not even be compared to the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool. If they lost this badly to AC Milan, imagine what the latter two could accomplish against them.
The Greeks showed that they are hungrier than ever for the new season to arrive as their form will carry them to yet another Greek Super League title and perhaps another knockout run in the Champions League. As for Milan, they have a lot of work to do. This was a game that was played by two different sides with one being readier than the other when it comes to hustling, strength, intelligence, confidence, discipline, accuracy, precision, tactical organization and pure eagerness to take this game seriously.
Yes, this was just a friendly, but every single game counts when the coach is looking to see who will represent his team the most when the reality commences in August. Olympiakos did a phenomenal job whereas Milan were terrible.