An early Giacomo Bonaventura goal was enough for Milan to emerge victorious over Sampdoria and extend their unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions.
Here are the Rossoneri player ratings.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (6.5): Albeit a spectator for most of the match, the 18 year-old was comfortable in dealing with anything Sampdoria threw at him.
Ricardo Rodríguez (5.5): An early penalty miss seemed to have an impact on his inconsistent performance. Rodríguez dealt with Sampdoria’s attacks but he was also poor on the ball and his passing was inaccurate.
Alessio Romagnoli (8): Another fantastic performance from the young Italian. Romagnoli was able to deal with the in-form Quagliarella and kept the experienced Sampdoria striker quiet for the entire 90 minutes. The former Sampdoria loanee also demonstrated his outstanding passing ability in tonight’s game.
Leonardo Bonucci (7): Like Romagnoli, the Milan captain was extremely solid in dealing with Sampdoria’s attacking moves but for a player who normally is able to pass the ball around so accurately, Bonucci gave the ball away on too many occasions tonight.
Davide Calabria (7): Provided a great cross for Bonaventura’s goal and overall had a good game in his natural right-back position, was lucky to avoid giving away a penalty with an obvious handball though.
Giacomo Bonaventura (7.5): Scored Milan’s only goal of the game and the fan favourite had a good night at the San Siro. He was involved in every attacking move by the Rossoneri and linked up well with Çalhanoğlu on the left-side of the pitch.
Lucas Biglia (6.5): The Argentinian provided good defensive cover when Milan pushed forward and despite being under high pressure he was able to complete the majority of his passes.
Riccardo Montolivo (6.5): Played instead of the suspended Kessié. Despite not being able to dominate the midfield like the Ivorian, Montolivo’s experience and his good passing allowed Milan to start attacks as a result of his ability on the ball.
Hakan Çalhanoğlu (8.5): A man of the match performance from the Turkish international. Caused problems for Sampdoria’s defence all night with his crossing, passing and dribbling ability. He also came close to scoring a goal of the season contender when he drifted past Sampdoria’s defence, but unfortunately his shot hit the crossbar. Simply mesmerising.
Patrick Cutrone (7): Despite not scoring tonight, Cutrone was a constant menace to Sampdoria as the 20 year-old pressured the centre-back pairing of Ferrari and Silvestre whenever they had the ball. In addition to this, Cutrone also was able to be involved in every Milan attack and had great chemistry with Çalhanoğlu and Suso.
Suso (8): Did a lot of damage tonight with his skilful ability on the ball and his crossing. Suso was hard to get the ball off of and the Spaniard’s ease to switch the ball for the entire 90 minutes was too much for Sampdoria to deal with.
André Silva (6): Showed some promising signs when he came on for the last 20 minutes. Won fouls at every opportunity and his link-up play with the rest of the team was impressive.
Manuel Locatelli (6): Came on for the last few minutes to make sure Milan kept a hold of their 1-0 lead and the young Italian did exactly what was expected of him from Gattuso.