A.C. Milan fell to Napoli 4-2 on Saturday at Stadio San Paolo. An improved start of the second half went awry as red cards cost the Rossoneri down the stretch.
Here is how we rated the performances of each Milan player.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (7.5): Following his heroic performance last weekend against Torino, Gigio picked up where he left off by producing two outstanding saves in each half when Milan were struggling defensively. Could do nothing about the four goals conceded, but yet again stepping up in crucial moments to keep his side in the game.
Ignazio Abate (5): Normally Mr. Reliable for the Rossoneri, the full-back struggled against the in-form Belgium in Dries Mertens. At fault for the third goal with Montolivo where he simply took forever to close down Mertens who’s shot was saved but tapped in by Callejon.
Gustavo Gomez (3): A poor debut by the Paraguayan who struggled throughout the match and was at fault for the opening goal of the game. Out of position on multiple occasions and booked for his troubles.
Alessio Romagnoli (5): Struggled alongside Gomez in their first match together in the centre of defence. An own goal at the end where he could do nothing about it and picked up a yellow card to add to it.
Mattia De Sciglio (6): A decent performance from Mattia coming into the side to replace Antonelli.
Juraj Kucka (2): Disgraceful. One word to describe the Slovakian’s performance. At fault for Napoli’s second goal where he was nowhere to be seen. His underrated performance last week was praised but he lost his head with his sending off for dissent when Milan had just conceded to go 3-2 down. He let his team down with that sending off where the game was still very much open.
Riccardo Montolivo (4): Need I say more? It’s boring now. Montolivo’s presence is seldom felt for Milan and today was no different.
Giacomo Bonaventura (7): Another good performance by Jack who continues to impress in Montella’s system. Caused Napoli problems with his running from deep and his work-rate was second to none.
Suso (8): After an average match last week, the Spaniard put in a very good performance this evening. Arguably scoring one of the goals of the season, his tireless running helped Milan get up the pitch and his movement with the ball is a joy to watch.
Carlos Bacca (5): With little service in the game, you cannot fault the Colombian’s performance after his MOTM efforts last week. If he’s not getting the ball in the 18 yard box, how can he be expected to score goals?
M’Baye Niang (6): We saw the good, bad and the ugly of Niang. A stunning individual goal to get Milan back into the game, the selfishness of his play going forward when others were better placed and finally the sending off although many would say it was harsh. It was building up throughout the game and already on a yellow card he gave the referee a decision to make by picking up his second yellow and his marching orders, ultimately letting the team down.
Davide Calabria (N/A): Contributed little in his appearance off the bench, could replace Abate in the next game.
Josè Sosa (N/A): Nothing he could do in his debut for Milan in the final 10 minutes to change the game.
Gianluca Lapadula (N/A): Given his debut in the final few minutes when the game was effectively over, he really deserved better.