his first match with AC Milan was not a true test, as it was merely a friendly match. his real match will be against roma next week. and as we have presumed earlier, he might have to start as a sub considering his 'mild' fitness due to lack of play time. there will be no regret though, as whether or not he plays, his team mates are welcoming him more than they were few weeks before his arrival. there were probably doubts over his capability and commitment to the club, however seeing him involved in the friendly game, he was quickly praised by ronaldinho. here's an excerpt from canadian press about performance and his chance of playing against roma.
DAVID BECKHAM PREPARING FOR AC MILAN DEBUT
ROME — David Beckham could make his Serie A debut for AC Milan in Sunday's match at AS Roma, although the former England captain may have to settle for a substitute's role.
Beckham began his three-month loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy by playing the first half of a friendly against Hamburg in Dubai on Tuesday.
"He's still not in form, but his contribution could be useful," Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "He has dynamism, tactical intelligence and skill. He plays for the team and is always involved."
Against Hamburg, Beckham played in a largely defensive role in midfield and provided a steady performance before being replaced by Mathieu Flamini.
Teammates commended him for his unselfishness.
"You could see that he wants to play and win with us," said Ronaldinho. "Simplicity is his best weapon, and with desire you can accomplish a great deal. Milan is not a team of galacticos, it's a team with a lot of great players that know how to sacrifice themselves."
Beckham said that the game against Roma would be "very emotional for me, whether I play or not."
With midfielder Gennaro Gattuso out for six months following knee surgery, Beckham may have to adapt to a more defensive role ...