Monday, in the final match of the 26th match week of Serie A, Manager Sinisa Mihajlovic’s rossoneri traveled to Naples to take on Maurizio Sarri’s league runners-up Napoli.
Napoli needed the three points to take the top of the table from Juventus, while Milan wanted to extend their unbeaten streak to eight games. In the end, the teams split the points in a 1-1 draw, with first half goals from Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne and Milan’s Giacomo Bonaventura.
Here is how we rate the individual performances of each Milan player following their 1-1 draw against Napoli in the San Paolo.
Donnarumma (7.5): Gianluigi Donnarumma had another standout match for the rossoneri. Napoli managed a total of 19 shots, and only came away with one goal, which was a shot from outside the box from Lorenzo Insigne that took a deflection off Ignazio Abate before rolling into the far post. That goal does not fall on Donnarumma, however it does prevent a clean sheet for the teenager, and prevented Milan from coming out of the San Paolo with three points. Donnarumma seemed to save anything that came his way this match, but also did get a yellow card for time-wasting.
Abate (7): Ignazio Abate was good for Milan all match long, blocking off passing lanes and shots for Napoli. On the right side, he stopped Lorenzo Insigne from putting anything together and creating chances like he normally does, and only allowed one goal from Insigne, and that took a deflection.
Alex (6): Alex continued his recent stretch of being a solid piece in the middle of the defense for Milan, as he and partner Cristian Zapata shut down the potent Napoli attacking force from scoring inside the box.
Zapata- MOTM (8): Cristian Zapata started this match in place of a flu-stricken Alessio Romagnoli, and went above and beyond in filling in the role. The Colombian central defender managed to mark Gonzalo Higuain the whole match and prevented the Serie A goal leader from putting one in the net. Zapata surprised many with his performance today, and Milan came away from Naples with a point because of it.
Antonelli (6): Antonelli did not have what would be called a shining game for Milan on the left side, but did not make many mistakes on the flank while covering Jose Callejon and Allan, who were shut down through the game.
Bonaventura (7.5): Giacomo Bonaventura scored a beauty of a goal off a Keisuke Honda cross, slotting the ball just inside the near post and out of the reach of Pepe Reina. Bonaventura also had a good game creating chances for Milan, as he has all season.
Kucka (7): Juraj Kucka continues to be one of the most consistent players on this team. He was good in passing, a tank on defense, and even had an offensive break that was one good pass away from a goal.
Montolivo (4.5): Milan’s captain, while solid on the defensive end, had a poor game on the attacking and passing end. He was unable to keep possession, and unable to string together passes for the Milan attack. He did not perform well in his central midfield role, and that prevented Milan’s attacking force from having more chances on goal.
Honda (6.5): Keisuke Honda had the assist to Bonaventura’s goal after an exceptional cross into the box. The Japanese midfielder continues his resurgence with Milan, and has now contributed to two goals in two games.
Niang (6.5): M’Baye Niang had a good game, working hard and trying to create chances all game. He had two real chances on goal, but they didn’t amount to anything. He also had a couple of reckless plays, and many of his passes to try and find Carlos Bacca were intercepted.
Bacca (5): While Bacca has been great this season for the Rossoneri, with 13 goals, he depends heavily on service from his midfield and the wings. Today, that service was not there, as when someone tried to pick him out on a pass, it was intercepted by Kalidou Koulibaly. Since the passing was not effective from Milan, Bacca was invisible for his time in the match.
Menez (5): Jeremy Menez came on in the 72nd minute, but lacked the second gear that he has shown in the past to get past the defense and really create a chance. Coming off injury, he did not look ready for the intense back and forth nature of this match.
Bertolacci (N/A): Bertolacci entered the game in the 83rd minute for Montolivo, but could not drastically change the game in the closing ten minutes.
Balotelli (N/A): Mario Balotelli came on in the 87th minute, and so did not have the time to make an impact. He didn’t get booked, however.