A.C. Milan and Sassuolo performed in one of the most thrilling Serie A matches you’ll watch all year, with the Rossoneri capping off the 4-3 comeback win thanks to a Gabriel Paletta header.
Here is how we rated the individual performances of Milan in their 4-3 win over the Neroverdi at the San Siro on Sunday.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (7.0): A bit of a shaky performance in goal for the teenager. He overplayed the ball on the Politano goal, but to be fair, it was the fault of Ignazio Abate which set it up in the first place. Donnarumma’s ball distribution and work on the ball was a bit suspect, but his late saves in the match helped Milan ensure the comeback was completed.
Ignazio Abate (5.0): A poor back pass led to the Politano equalizer, but that wasn’t his only blunder in defense today. In place of Davide Calabria, the Italian fullback did not impress at all. Montella would be foolish not to return Calabria his role in the next fixture.
Gabriel Paletta (6.5): Without his usual partner in Alessio Romagnoli, Paletta did what he could alongside the still raw Gustavo Gomez. Paletta was faced with a difficult task in working next to Gomez who is still finding himself in Italy. Still, the former Parma defender had a major impact in helping his side secure three points with his winning header.
Gustavo Gomez (5.0): A game to forget for the young Paraguayan. Looked very uncomfortable all match. His positioning and passing out the back lacked and it’s clear that while he’s adapting, Paletta-Romagnoli is the easy choice pairing.
Mattia De Sciglio (6.0): It was an average display from the Azzurri call-up. Because Abate was so poor, you seldom heard De Sciglio’s name mentioned. Still, there is area for improvement from the ex-Primavera defender.
Juraj Kucka (6.5): “The Tank” submitted a middle of the road performance. Work rate remained and he did well to keep the Sassuolo midfielders under wraps.
Riccardo Montolivo (6.0): The captain looked average at times. He did a fairly good job on the ball and playing his passes, but there is no doubt that Milan needs more from Montolivo. The supporters let the ex-Viola midfielder have it after he was replaced by the 18-year old Manuel Locatelli who starred off the bench.
Giacomo Bonaventura (7.5): Impactful day for the former Atalanta man. Bonaventura scored the opening goal with a great solo effort. Last season, he shinned brightest out wide as a left winger, but under Montella, he’s become a very consistent performer in the middle of the park. Another day at the office for Jack.
Luiz Adriano (5.0): In place of M’Baye Niang on the left wing, the Brazilian disappointed. It’s certainly an unfamiliar role for him so it was unlikely to see him erupt. Montella acted accordingly and subbed in the Frenchman before the second half began and immediately Milan began to tick.
Carlos Bacca (7.0): The Colombian worked hard all game to get on the scoresheet. Even when Milan trailed 3-1, Bacca was running hard and trying to link play with his midfielders. Because of his efforts, he was rewarded by getting a goal courtesy of the penalty earned by Niang. The former Sevilla striker was very active and it paid off in this one.
Suso (6.0): The Spaniard was subpar in this one. Yes, he did work hard but he still is very much reluctant in putting the ball onto his right foot when in the final third. Suso looks limited in what he can create at times.
M’Baye Niang MOTM (8.0): The Frenchman came on before the opening whistle blew for the second half, and immediately provided a much needed spark to a flat Milan. Up and down the pitch, he was taking on defenders. Niang has a tremendous work rate when he is fully invested in the match, and today it showed. He earned the penalty that Bacca buried, kickstarting the comeback for the Rossoneri. Simply put, Niang is the top winger on the roster.
Manuel Locatelli (7.5): After replacing Montolivo, Locatelli instilled life into the Milan midfield. His passing was brilliant and he always seemed confident on the ball. Locatelli’s left footed screamer to draw level at 3-3 erupted the San Siro crowd. With tears coming down his face, you could see how much it meant for the Italian U-21 midfielder. A first league goal to remember for the gifted youngster.
Andrea Poli (n/a): The player was not on the pitch long enough to make a proper assessment of his performance.