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At home against Crotone, Milan snatched a scruffy 2-1, but three points of paramount importance.

Here’s how we evaluated the rossoneri‘s performances.

Goalkeeper

Gianluigi Donnarumma (6.5): Confident throughout the whole game when having to deal with the ball with his feet. Also, he wasn’t guilty of anything during Falcinelli’s goal and was decisive on Rohden’s powerful shot in the second half.

Defenders

Ignazio Abate (6): Provided a great input during Milan’s attacking phase but, admittedly, Crotone’s goal originated from a cross on his side, for which he must be considered partly guilty.

Gabriel Paletta (6.5): Usual solid defensive game from the Italian Argentine, who, whilst he might not be particularly pleasing to the eye, is always efficient.

Alessio Romagnoli (6): Defensive solidity and great ball distribution in a game that was relatively empty of danger for the Italian centre-back.

Mattia De Sciglio (5.5): Late to track back during Crotone’s goal, De Sciglio completely lost Rohden, who went on to assist for Falcinelli. For the rest of the game, he seemed confused and the crosses he delivered were of insufficient quality.

Midfielders

Josè Sosa (4.5): Alternated a few, very rare, moments of brilliance (back heels, nutmegs and what have you) to many moments of awful decision-making and half-hearted long range shots. Got substituted amidst San Siro’s howling.

Manuel Locatelli (5.5): Important for Milan’s ball distribution and structure in midfield, but still struggling to adapt to the pace of the Serie A. Often, he was s excessively calm in releasing the ball and this resulted in rushed decisions and many dangerous balls being gifted to Crotone.

Mario Pasalic (6.5): A good box-to-box game from the Croatian midfielder, highlighting his completeness and balance between quantity and quality. He coronated his solid game with a very important goal, his first in front of his new crowd.

Forwards

Suso (6): Always the most dangerous member of Milan’s front trident. He was a constant menace for Crotone, especially in the first half, and kick started most of Milan’s chances.

Gianluca Lapadula MOTM (6.5): He displayed his usual great commitment and was a constant nuisance for Crotone’s back line due to his relentless pressing. However, his rating would be much lower if it weren’t for his game-saving goal in the 85th minute. It must be said that, throughout the whole game, he was frequently out of position. Finally, the goal he missed by saving the ball with his own hand is physically inexplicable.

Mbaye Niang (5): Even without considering his very significant penalty miss, Niang’s game must be judged negatively. Rosi provided a strong opposition to the Frenchman’s pace, who stood out only for his clumsiness and struggled to impose himself on the left hand side.

Substitutes

Luiz Adriano (5.5): Didn’t really make an impact, but his visible efforts must be acknowledged.

Keisuke Honda (N/A): The player was not on the pitch long enough to be properly assessed.

Juraj Kucka (N/A): Will miss next week’s game with Roma due to an unwise foul.

Coach

Vincenzo Montella (5.5): The aeroplanino, although limited by injuries (Bacca and Bonaventura) and by ‘bureaucratical issues’ (Kucka carrying a yellow card), seemed to perhaps underestimate his opposition. Setting out with a very offensive team, with both Sosa and Pasalic being predominantly attacking midfielders, Montella risked on Crotone’s numerous counter-attacks and this ended up with Milan going 1-0 down. As a result, Milan’s style of play was scruffy throughout the whole game and many scoring chances were gifted to Crotone.

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