5 Lessons from AC Milan's Performance at the Trofeo TIM

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5 Lessons from AC Milan's Performance at the Trofeo TIM
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AC Milan finished with no points from Saturday's Trofeo TIM competition, which began the preseason for the Rossoneri.

In their two 45-minute matches, Milan ran two completely different teams and fell 1-0 to Juventus on a penalty kick (which Mirko Vucinic arguably embellished on) and then lost 2-1 to Inter Milan, who won the competition with six points.

Inter may have had the youngest overall squad, but Milan were the most depleted. Christian Abbiati, Kevin Constant, Rodney Strasser and Sulley Muntari were all unavailable because of injury. Mathieu Flamini was out. Didac Vila was off the squad for no identified reason. Riccardo Montolivo, Ignazio Abate, Antonio Cassano, Antonio Nocerino and Philippe Mexes were all given a break due to Euro 2012 and the upcoming trip to Germany and the United States. Alexandre Pato was unavailable because he is representing Brazil at the Olympics.

With 12 players out, nine or 10 of whom are expected to play major roles in the team this year, the fact that Milan were even competitive in either match is impressive. However, we did learn a thing or two about certain players and the team as a whole.

Here are some of the things we found out.

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