Il Toro is serviced in the Netherlands. Good test of the grenades that show off the second River Plate style shirt against Alkmaar, a team more advanced in preparation and qualified for the Europa League preliminaries. In the last friendly before the official start of the season – next week there is Cremonese in the Italian Cup, then it will already be championship: debut against Atalanta – Ivan Juric can be said to be partially satisfied with the performance of his team, who are making progress in the game and unlock on offense. The only negative figure is the 2-1 defeat reached 85, but better to lose now than when the result will really be worth it.
With Belotti initially on the bench, the scene was stolen by Pjaca who only needed 55 ” of play to unlock the challenge with a nice touch underneath after a triangle with Zaza. The overall performance of the newcomer was good, who immediately entered the game dynamics of the Split coach, showing him that he can play both the role of the finisher and that of the attacker. On the other hand, the other playmaker Verdi, who alternated good intuitions with unusual errors, should be seen again: a bit like the film of his adventure in the grenade.
Milinkovic-Savic absent at the last moment due to an injury and not even started (at home, among others, Bremer, Ansaldi and Aina), Berisha played in goal for the first time, beaten in the first half by an own goal (14 ‘ ). In front of him Djidji in the role of central with Izzo on the right and Rodriguez on the opposite: the Swiss is better than the boy from Scampia, probably a bit burdened by workloads. In the middle, the best plays went from the skilful feet of Mandragora, helped more by the outsiders Singo (in the first season, already one of the best) and Vojvoda (who, however, made a mistake in the final), who from Linetty tried again mezzala after the experience from playmaker.
In the second half Juric rotated the other elements available and gave the season debut to Belotti, who entered in the 66th minute in place of Verdi. The decisive goal, however, was signed by the hosts five minutes from time with Pavlidis. The Alkmaar wins, but the Taurus returns home with another good baggage of experience.