NEWS
Sunday September 10 2017
Milan Player Ratings

It was their first defeat of the season, but few Milan stars emerged unscathed in the Football Italia Player Ratings.

Words: Marcello Cossali-Francis

Milan

Gianluigi Donnarumma - 4

Actually had little to do other than pick the ball out of the net four times. Could not really do much about any of the goals, his defence let him down hugely today.

Davide Calabria – 2

Lucky to get away with a foul on Ciro Immobile in the box in the opening stages. Went missing for Immobile’s second goal and was turned inside-out by Luis Alberto for the third Lazio goal. Failed to track the run of Immobile for Lazio’s fourth. One of those games where nothing went right and everything went wrong for him today. No doubting his attacking play, but showed today that he is a weak link defensively.

Mateo Musacchio – 3

Neither centre-backs could contend with Immobile or Alberto this afternoon. Both players gave Immobile too much room for the third goal and just overall looked outplayed.

Leonardo Bonucci – 3

Similar to his fellow centre-back Musacchio, Leo was not able to prevent Immobile from running riot. Was nowhere to be seen for Alberto’s break-away goal and allowed Immobile far too much room In the box for the third goal.  Looked, as ever, comfortable playing out from the back and keeping possession but nowhere near his best.

Ricardo Rodriguez – 3

Allowed Senad Lulic too much time to pick out Immobile at the far post for the second Lazio goal and was unable to prevent Immobile for the third. Did not get forward much and was largely ineffective, as was the majority of the Milan side.

Franck Kessie – 5

Gave away the penalty and looked uncomfortable for long periods. Looked strong going forward and his potential is clear to see, despite not always choosing the right options. Often went for goal when he had players in better positions. Had another opportunity in the second half, but blazed over the bar from six yards.

Lucas Biglia – 2

A game to forget on his return to the Olimpico since his move from Lazio to Milan in the summer. Was part of a midfield which was second-best for almost the entire game and had very little impact.

Riccardo Montolivo4

A game of two halves for the 32-year-old. First half he looked lethargic and off the pace, as Milan were over-run in midfield. However, managed to get a goal for Milan and looked more composed on the ball in the second half. Certainly, starting to look a little slow and tired for this league now.

Suso – 5

Probably the liveliest player for Milan and looked like he was trying to make things happen going forward. Did not quite play up to his high standards, failed to provide enough support to Patrick Cutrone and was not able to create any clear-cut chances.

Patrick Cutrone – 2

Was hardly mentioned in commentary and failed to get himself involved in the game in any aspect. Was not provided with anything and he cannot be blamed for his lack of touches, as he was well marked and kept quiet until he was replaced by Hakan Calhanoglu on 56 minutes.

Fabio Borini – 2

A player who was preferred ahead of Andre Silva today, which proved to be a mistake. Whilst he works very hard and has plenty of energy, he looks a cut below what Milan are after from their front players. Was ineffective and was brought off with Cutrone on 56 minutes, to be replaced by Nikola Kalinic.  

Substitutes

Nikola Kalinic – 4

Lazio defenders were given a stronger test when the Croatian was brought on and he looked much more likely to score than Borini or Cutrone. Still was not able to manufacture any serious shot on goal.

Hakan Calhanoglu – 4

His creativity was obvious and looked lively when he came on. His cross nearly went through everyone and went in, but was saved. Could not pick apart the Lazio defence, however.

Giacomo Bonaventura – N/A

Was only on the field for 15 minutes, did little worthy of note.