On Sunday, A.C. Milan returned from international break in a losing effort to Udinese by the scoreline of 1-0.
Here is how we rated the individual Milan players in the defeat to Udinese at the San Siro.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (6.5): With the exception of the late Perica goal, Donnarumma had very little work to do against Udinese who were heavily reliant on counter attacking football. The goal arrived out of nowhere and poor defending with a deflection left Gigio unable to keep the match-winner out.
Ignazio Abate (5.5): A sub-par day for the Italian right-back. Crosses lacked a bit, defensively he was average and the winner could be attributed to him. Abate wasn’t the only one who played poorly however.
Gabriel Paletta (6.0): Back in the starting lineup after serving his one-match suspension, Paletta turned in a fairly decent performance. Clumsy at times and he often seems to be a candidate to be cautioned. A few key tackles in the final third were enough to salvage his performance.
Alessio Romagnoli MOTM (7.5): Far and wide the best defender on the roster, and against Udinese that stood up. Romagnoli locked up Zapata throughout and all aspects of defending for the Azzurri man were on display. Regardless of who plays alongside him, Romagnoli seldom disappoints.
Luca Antonelli (6.0): Before getting subbed off due to injury in the 52nd minute, Antonelli performed, like many others, average. A few tackles to win back possession but nothing to boast about for the ex-Genoa defender in this one.
Andrea Poli (6.5): The ex-Sampdoria midfielder, dare we say, looked to have performed the best out of the three men in the middle of the park. His passes were on target the majority of the time, decisive when in possession. A performance he’d like to build off for sure.
Riccardo Montolivo (5.5): Another shaky performance for the Rossoneri captain. With Juraj Kucka suspended, Milan needed Montolivo to step his game up, but he simply disappointed in front of the San Siro crowd. Countless errors though none seemed to be exposed by a weak Udinese side.
Jose Sosa (6.0): A strong first half that nearly saw him break the deadlock was nixed by a quiet second. His first start for the club could have gone a lot better and the supporters expect more going forward.
Suso (6.5): The Spaniard continues to play well out wide. Quick movements and a quality amount of good crosses did set up a few decent chances. At times, he can get a bit selfish in possession and looked off Bonaventura who had a good look in the box.
Giacomo Bonaventura (5.5): Few times does Jack look poor for Milan, but Sunday’s performance was one of those times. Passing was not as crisp as we are accustomed to seeing and his decision making lacked. A day Giacomo — and Milan — want to put behind them. Period.
Carlos Bacca (5.0): A quiet day for Milan meant the same for the Colombian. When the chances do not arrive, Bacca tends to go missing in matches, which was exactly the case in this one. Creativity remains an issue for the Rossoneri and Bacca is the biggest victim as a result.
Mattia De Sciglio (6.0): Relieved the injured Luca Antonelli in the 52nd minute. All in all, the Azzurri fullback did little to make an imprint on this debacle.
Keisuke Honda (5.5): The Japanese international played a fair amount after coming on for Sosa, but was a non-factor. Let’s just keep it at that.
Gianluca Lapadula (n/a): Lapadula had a slight opportunity to maybe grab a goal late, but otherwise was not on the pitch long enough to make a proper assessment.