Milan managed to salvage a valuable point in Bergamo after drawing 1-1 with Atalanta in a crucial match for the Rossoneri‘‘s pursuit of European football.
Here’s how we graded Milan players’ individual performance.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (7.0): Once again the teenage goalkeeper managed to keep the visitors in the game with several world class saves including a 1 on 1 save against Papu Gomez. Had the 18 year old not been in the game, Atalanta would have certainly walked away with three points.
Gustavo Gomez (5.5): The Paraguayan was matched up against Papu Gomez for most of the game. Although his tactical awareness and positioning leave some questions, his aggressiveness and heart leave no room for doubt.
Cristian Zapata (5.5): At times, the Colombian international seemed a bit shaky in possession. He was however very smart in his marking of Petagna and was often the first man to clear the ball away from Milan’s box.
Alessio Romagnoli (5.5): Solid performance from the 22 year old who looks to be all healed up from his injury. Although the formation caused him to occupy a wider role than usual, he managed to intervene on Atalanta’s chances up front.
Mattia De Sciglio (5.0): Flat footed for most of the game, De Sciglio was often caught chasing Conti and Petagna. His decision making on the attacking third leaves some question marks. It seemed as though with every match De Sciglio is drifting farther and farther from Milan.
Mario Pasalic (4.5): Not the best of games for the Croatian midfielder. With Montolivo in charge of promoting possession, he took on a defensive role with very little space to bomb forward. His positioning at times when in defense allowed Atalanta to create important chances.
Riccardo Montolivo (5.5): First game in seven months for Milan’s captain. Although he needs to regain rhythm, his vision from a deep-lying position remains intact. Montolivo’s return to the lineup will be of extreme importance for Milan’s final stretch of the season.
Suso (5.0): Quiet match from the Spaniard. His predicability made it easy for Atalanta to shut him down.
Juraj Kucka (4.5): One to forget for the former Genoa man. He looked okay in the beginning of the game winning tackles on the right side of the defense. However, it was only a matter of minutes before Atalanta took advantage of a mismatch; he got dusted worst than Marc Bartra on the right flank in a play that consequently ended in Atalanta’s goal.
Gianluca Lapadula (6.0): Fourth start in a row for the former Pescara striker. His buildup play and cheeky dribbling had Caldara and company on their toes. He fought for 90 minutes and was rewarded with the game winning assist to Deulofeu.
Gerard Deulofeu (6.5): Once again the former Barcelona man turns out to be decisive for Montella. Although he wasn’t able to create as much as he’s used to, he was still Milan’s biggest threat up front. His third goal for the Lombard club comes at a crucial time of the season.
Carlos Bacca (6.0): Did a good job of applying pressure to Atalanta’s back line as well as integrating himself with Milan’s buildup play. He often dropped deep to midfield to receive the ball and propel his team forward.
Andrea Bertolacci (5.5): Replaced Pasalic in the 77th minute and played a hand in Milan’s goal by combining with Lapadula at the edge of the box.
Leonel Vangioni (n/a): Replaced De Sciglio in the 90th minute but did not get on the ball enough to properly assess his performance.