Milan trounced Alessandria 5-0 on Tuesday, completing their quest to May’s Coppa Italia final.
Here is how we rated the individual performances of Milan’s players following their win over Alessandria.
Abbiati (7.0): Made some key saves early on in the match to keep the score 0-0. The 38-year old proved he can still get the job done after a long spell on the bench.
De Sciglio (6.0): Overall, a solid performance from the young Italian. Having lost his place in the starting eleven, he looked good overall defensively, but had one shaky moment with a weak back pass to Abbiati. Once again, the right-back struggled to provide quality crosses going forward which remains a concern.
Zapata (7.0): Yet again Zapata proved that he belongs in Milan’s starting eleven. He did not have much to deal with but cleaned up any problems that came his way.
Romagnoli (8.0): A dramatic and surprising return for the Italian Under 21 international. Playing his first game after overcoming the flu, Romagnoli scored both goals at the back post off of corner kicks. While still not one hundred percent, it was good step in the right direction for Milan’s first choice center-back.
Antonelli (6.5): Another good performance for Milan’s first choice left-back. The man of the match from last Saturday’s outing versus Torino made life difficult for the Alessandria defense, especially in the first half. Very solid defensivly as well stopping a few Alessandria attacks.
Honda (6.0): An average performance from the Japanese international. Honda linked up well with Menez and Balotelli, but missed an absolute sitter after a beautiful set up by Kucka after only six minutes of play.
Poli (6.5): Gifted a rare start, Poli played the whole ninety minutes and worked hard throughout. Providing a solid option next to Kucka when it came to winning balls in the midfield. Set up Menez’s third goal with a nice cross as well.
Kucka (7.0): Yet another “Tank” like performance for the Slovakian, even if he was only on the pitch for forty-five minutes. Had the ball at his feet plenty throughout the first half and showed his skills with a nifty delivery to Honda early on.
Bonaventura (6.0): Milan’s primary playmaker had an awfully quiet match. Held possession well in midfield but struggled to link up with his strikers in the attacking third. Eventually, he was subbed off after sixty minutes.
Menez-MOTM (8.5): Given his first start since last April, the Frenchman did not disappoint. Bagging a brace in his return, he scored Milan’s first goal and never looked back. The much more active of the two strikers, Menez kept the Alessandria defense on their toes with slashing runs. With Niang’s injury, we expect to see much more of Menez in the near future.
Balotelli (6.0): Super Mario left Milan fans scratching their heads once again. A very dull first-half for the former Liverpool man, often found standing still and lacking movement. Slowly improved in the second half and ultimately slid home Milan’s fifth goal but many were expecting him to capitalize more on this golden opportunity.
Mauri (6.5): Having only played in the Coppa Italia this season, many fans expected Mauri to earn some playing time. Coming on for Kucka at half time, Mauri worked hard throughout and never stopped moving. Provided the assist for Balotelli’s goal late on. A good performance for the former Parma man.
Boateng (6.0): Coming on for Jack with a half hour remaining, many were eager to see what type of performance Boateng would provide after a dismal substitute appearance against Torino on Saturday. The Ghanaian showed much more composure on the ball and provided good service for the strikers down the left flank. Will need to show more in order to earn future playing time.
Bacca (5.5): The Colombian came on for Menez with fifteen minutes remaining. With the game at 3-0 already, Milan’s leading scorer missed a quality chance to add to his goal tally ten minutes from full-time.