AC Milan manage to secure all three points at home, defeating Genoa 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal from Mati Fernandez.
Here is how we rated the individual performances of the Rossoneri on Saturday.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (7.0): The teenager was not tested all that much today, making only two saves in his 10th cleansheet of the season.
Mattia De Sciglio (6.5): All in all, it was another steady performance by the Milan captain. Passing was quite sharp and his work rate maintained strong throughout.
Gabriel Paletta (7.0): Milan’s defense, collectively, did not encounter all that much pressure from Genoa. However, Paletta’s performance aligned with that of the entire season; strong in possession and his work in the build-up continues to improve.
Cristian Zapata (7.0): Like his counterpart, Zapata submitted a quality performance. Zapata typically isn’t the most calming influence on the ball, yet he executed 92% of his passes (via Who Scored).
Leonel Vangioni (6.5): Vangioni does nothing exceptionally well aside from running up and down the pitch, but he continues to do the job for Milan who have been hampered with injuries.
Juraj Kucka (7.0): The muscle was surely welcomed back in the Rossoneri starting XI tonight. Kucka was strong on the ball and beat his marker several times.
Andrea Bertolacci (n/a): The Italian picked up an injury in the opening minutes, forcing Montella to sub him off for Locatelli. A proper assessment cannot be made.
Mati Fernandez (7.0): A job well done from the Chilean. Montella granted Mati the start, and in return, he delivered the decisive goal; a nifty chip to beat Lamanna. Aside from the winner, the ex-Viola playmaker’s passes were on point, helping control the tempo while also opening up some chances.
Lucas Ocampos (7.0) MOTM: The Argentine did quite well tonight, particularly on the back end. Showing grit and a heavy work rate, Ocampos enjoyed his best performance in a Milan shirt. On the ball, his dribbling was sharp even though the end product lacked. Certainly, this is the effort we hope to see more of – and obviously with consistency.
Gianluca Lapadula (6.5): The Italian only had 32 touches, but made the most of them, one being a cheeky flick to assist Mati’s winning goal.
Gerard Deulofeu (7.0): The Everton loanee continued his solid form on Saturday night, making dangerous runs and beating defenders with his sprinter speed. Since arriving, Deulofeu has made the most of the opportunity Montella granted him, and he continues to impress his initial critics.
Manuel Locatelli (7.0): Locatelli shined as the regista, pulling the strings and dictating play in the middle of the park. The time off for the teenager has paid dividends, and we should continue to see the best from Locatelli moving forward.
Mario Pasalic (n/a): A quite performance from Pasalic who came on for Mati in the second half. With limited touches, Pasalic’s play cannot be properly assessed.
Luca Antonelli (n/a): An assessment cannot be made for Antonelli who came on late for Lapadula.