AC Milan followed up a masterclass v Juventus last weekend with a poor showing in the 3-0 defeat to Genoa.
Here is how we rated the individual performances of the Rossoneri on Tuesday.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (6.0): The teenager was not exactly helped out in this one. Honda left the back post exposed on the opening goal to Ninkovic, and Paletta’s red card put Donnarumma in a major bind until the very end.
Andrea Poli (4.0): Simply put, Poli was very poor in place of Abate. Provided nothing going forward, looked woeful defensively and spoiled the second half chance delivered by Bonaventura.
Gabriel Paletta (5.5): Paletta has been as good as any defender of late, but his nasty challenge that resulted in a red was inexcusable to make. His second red card of the season proved detrimental to any hopes Milan had in the second half.
Alessio Romagnoli (6.0): Alessio was a bit better than his counterpart, which isn’t saying much. Romagnoli played decent today but once Paletta was sent off and Gomez came on, it was all downhill from there. A day to forget for Romagnoli and the entire squad.
Mattia De Sciglio (5.5): De Sciglio captained the side tonight in place of Ignazio Abate. He executed some decent tackles on the defensive end but really didn’t find much involvement going forward.
Juraj Kucka (6.0): The Slovakian was a bit disappointing in this one. Forget the own goal conceded, Juraj did not disrupt the Genoa midfield at all.
Manuel Locatelli (6.0): The youngster had a few struggles in possession tonight, which was the case versus Juventus. Being just 18, there will be growing pains, which you must expect as he looks to develop.
Giacomo Bonaventura (7.5): Jack was easily Milan’s top player tonight. The chances they did have to apply pressure on Genoa all arrived from Giacomo. He was getting forward, dribbling past Genoa defenders and created a few opportunities to maybe grab a goal. The good form continues in a losing effort.
Keisuke Honda (3.5): What else is there to be said? Honda dropped the ball in his attempt to impress Montella. He provided nothing in the attack and lost his man back post on the opening goal. Montella wishes he would have started Suso from the jump.
Carlos Bacca (5.0): Bacca really did not see much of the ball. Once Genoa went ahead and had the man advantage, Bacca was virtually ousted from the match. Nothing more he could have done in this one.
M’Baye Niang (5.0): The Frenchman was unable to have an impact on the match. Simple. Credit Genoa who remained organized and sat deep once they took the lead. Niang got on the ball often but did very little when he did.
Gustavo Gomez (5.0): The Paraguayan replaced Bacca once Paletta was sent off. Gomez still looks very uncomfortable at the moment and it’s likely that Cristian Zapata will begin getting the look from the bench as the 23-year old adapts to Italian football.
Luiz Adriano (5.5): The Brazilian really did not get many chances once he came on for Honda. Juric’s side sat deep, welcomed pressure from the wings and eliminated any space.
Suso (n/a): Suso made an immediate impact once he came onto the pitch for Niang.. He did not look tired one bit and you have to wonder if the match could have been a little different had Montella fielded his best eleven.