AC Milan earn a point in the latest Derby della Madonnina thanks to Cristian Zapata’s goal at the death.
Here is how we rated the individual performances of the Rossoneri on Saturday.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (6.5): The teenager could have done much better to deny Candreva of the opener. Overall, his performance in the latest Derby Milano was average as his work in possession still leaves much to be desired.
Davide Calabria (6.0): The youngster struggled quite a bit on the right flank today. Ivan Perisic, one of Inter’s most lethal attackers, continuously enjoyed time on the ball and created several threatening chances. Calabria, while still very gifted, has much room for improvement.
Cristian Zapata (7.0): At the death, Zapata scored the equalizer to help Milan steal a point when it looked as though all three would go towards the Nerazzurri. Cristian, you have your Derby moment.
Alessio Romagnoli (6.5): Aside from the first Milan goal, it wasn’t Alessio’s best outing. There were some positives in possession and when building from the back, but defensively, his positioning allowed Inter to score the second. At the end of the day, all will be forgotten considering the comeback.
Mattia De Sciglio (6.5): The Italian, aside from the defensive work on Candreva that lead to Inter’s first goal, did hold his own. In my opinion, supporters were a bit too critical of his overall performance, which was improved in the second half.
Juraj Kucka (6.0): Silent outing for the Slovakian. Typically, his physicality tends to show and leave its mark, specifically in a match of this magnitude, however, we did not see much of it today.
Jose Sosa (6.0): Entering the match, Sosa was in fine form and had a stranglehold on the regista role for Montella, or so it seemed. A quiet game from the ex-Besiktas player as his playmaking abilities did not leave an imprint on this one.
Mati Fernandez (6.5): The Chilean’s work rate was strong in the first half, chasing down the carrier and doing his all to disrupt play. Like with most of the midfielders, Mati went a bit silent at times. Still, in recent weeks, the former Viola has shown that, when called upon, he can do the job.
Suso (7.0): Although he was pressed often, and forced to drop deeper to assist his fullbacks, Suso did well to leave his mark this afternoon. Still tricky and dangerous on the ball with his left, Suso’s assist to Romagnoli came from the right foot, showing us that he is quite capable of shedding the “one-foot” player stereotype.
Carlos Bacca (5.5): Simply put, it was not Bacca’s night. Partially due to the pressing of Inter, the Colombian went missing, having only what felt like a handful of touches, none of which caused any serious harm to the opposition. He did play better once Lapadula came on to link play however.
Gerard Deulofeu (7.5) MOTM: The stellar form continued Saturday afternoon for the Spanish winger. Deulofeu, early and often, demonstrated his elite speed and really became Milan’s main outlet for attacking chances. Although his finishing let him down in the opening stages, the Everton loanee maintained a certain hunger and drive that no doubt exhausted Inter’s defense. As hot as any Rossoneri player, Deulofeu gets Man of the Match honors here.
Manuel Locatelli (7.0): In just over 30 minutes of action, Locatelli showed us all he has to offer in the midfield. Disruptive tackling, playmaking ability and the ‘grinta‘ a Derby demands. Pat yourself on the back Manuel.
Gianluca Lapadula (6.5): Replacing the injured Jose Sosa, and supporting Bacca up front, Lapadula did well to link play, something that was missing throughout the match.
Lucas Ocampos (n/a): The player replaced Davide Calabria in the 81′, however did not receive enough touches to make a proper assessment.