The Rossoneri took all three points against Sassuolo in Emilia-Romagna on Sunday afternoon.
Here’s how we graded Milan’s individual performances.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (7.5): The birthday boy continues to shine, even now as an adult. He was not forced into too often but was heavily involved with building play out of the back with his 44 touches on the ball. He collected his ninth cleansheet on the campaign.
Ignazio Abate (C) (6.5): The Captain put in a decent shift but was wasteful with his passing and crossing game. A mixed bag from the longtime Milan defender.
Gabriel Paletta (7): Decisive when pressed to defend against a late onslaught from Sassuolo. Not an easy task having to deal with several prolific forwards, but the Italian held tough as well as his defensive partner.
Cristian Zapata (7.5): The man of the match for us, Zapata, who’s been heavily criticized for his performances at Milan delivered a strong one today. You didn’t hear Defrel’s name mentioned too much today, and there’s a good reason why.
Leonel Vangioni (6): A rare run out for the Argentinian and he, like Abate, delivered a mix bag today. Stoic defensively but lacks the offensive skill to be an out-and-out starter.
Jose Sosa (7): Manuel Locatelli must be getting nervous on the sideline. Jose Sosa is finally beginning to adapt at Milan is beginning to take over the role in the midfield. He had an excellent performance today and delivered a splendid cross to Carlos Bacca who put the ball in the back of the net, but was (correctly) called offsides.
Juraj Kucka (6): The Slovakian didn’t get on the ball much today and had the lowest amount of touches among the starters. He gave Montella mileage in the unorthodox midfield trio.
Andrea Bertolacci (6.5): Earned the gamewinning penalty for Milan. Whether it was a dive or a true foul is up for debate, but nevertheless, Bertolacci being in the right position earned his side all three points.
Suso (6): The Spaniard will rue missing two golden opportunities to score. His movement gave the Sassuolo defense fits all day and performed admirably the whole match. A real growing star for Milan.
Carlos Bacca (6.5): He scored the penalty (which should have been waved off due to double contact) but didn’t do much after that. Bacca’s problem of disappearing for large swaths of the match are detrimental to Milan.
Gerard Deulofeu (6): The least involved out of Milan’s attacking plan. He played a sound game, but had no true standout moments. An upgrade over Niang? Time will tell.
Mario Pasalic (6): Was on for 30 minutes but only completed seven passes. Not heavily involved, but then again, Milan as a whole didn’t pass the ball much. Reinforced the midfield well.
Lucas Ocampos (6): Ditto for Ocampos. If the winger wants to cement a place at the club, he needs to be more involved and dangerous. He did, however create a good chance for Suso to score.
Andrea Poli (N/A): Late substitution.