AC Milan falter at home to Empoli 2-1 as efforts for another thrilling comeback fall short.
Here is how we rated the Rossoneri players on Sunday.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (7.0): The teenager perhaps could have done better to deny Mchedlidze of the opener, but he was let down on several occasions by his defense. Donnarumma managed to bail out defensive lapses with a few late saves but it was not enough to salvage anything from the match.
Davide Calabria (6.5): A bit of an inconsistent performance today by the Italy U21 fullback. Calabria’s crosses were crisp and on target, but defensively, he’s got work to do. Too many times he was out of position today.
Cristian Zapata (6.5): The hero in last week’s Milan Derby, Zapata returned with a rather shaky performance. In spurts, Zapata can be a strong defender and bring a lot to the pitch, but consistency is his biggest weakness.
Gabriel Paletta (6.5): Paletta’s been benched over the past few weeks due to Zapata’s recent run of good form, yet he managed to turn in a decent showing, connecting on countless long balls to switch play and remaining defensively sturdy.
Mattia De Sciglio (5.5): For the most part, Mattia’s been strong this season. Today, however, that simply wasn’t the case as he did little to nothing – on both ends of the pitch – to help the Rossoneri earn a positive result.
Mario Pasalic (6.0): Consistency has been Mario’s key concern this season. Often times, the Croatian turns in a solid effort and makes his presence known, but then there is the occasional match like today where he goes missing and fails to make the most of his chances.
Jose Sosa (6.0): After Locatelli’s top performance last week in the Derby, calls from the Milanisti for him start rained over the web. Montella elected to stick with Sosa, and it backfired. Yes, he delivered some quality balls and supplied the assist on the Lapadula goal, but from this position, Milan need more.
Mati Fernandez (5.5): 26 passes completed for a starting midfielder in a match where Milan dominated possession. Silent.
Suso (6.5): The Spaniard’s weaving and movement in the final third did not waver, however his penalty take was woeful and thus, resulted in Milan earning nothing from this one.
Gianluca Lapadula (7.0): AC Milan’s hard-working forward had his chances to grab more than just the one goal today, however, there is no denying that his overall play suits this team much more than Bacca.
Gerard Deulofeu (7.0): Deulofeu was once again dangerous on the left flank, beating his marker with elite pace and skill. Crosses were dropped in well, but the finishing from the rest of the team spoiled these chances.
Carlos Bacca (5.5): The Colombian played over 30 minutes, and had just 9 touches. Says it all really.
Lucas Ocampos (6.0): Far too many times, Ocampos’ final ball either missed its intended target or ended up in the seats. Like many others in the side, way too inconsistent.
Keisuke Honda (n/a): The fact we actually saw Honda take the field was a shock. Nothing of note to assess.