Milan once again dropped points to a team lower than them in the table in a frustrating 0-0 performance against Chievo Verona. This is how we assess the rossoneri performance.
Donnarumma (N/A): The 17-year-old shot stopper was replaced by Abbiati after only 16 minutes due to a head injury.
Abate (6.0): The captain put in a workman-like performance. Struggled to get forward at times in the first half, but showed his pace in the second with an attacking run late on which resulted in Bizzari parring his shot off the crossbar. Was very solid defensively throughout with the exception of a late run by Meggiorini.
Alex (5.5): The 33-year-old Brazilian was average tonight at the Bentegodi. While he did win many aerial battles in his own half, Alex looked gassed in the last 20 minutes with Sergio Pelissier causing fits in the back.
Romagnoli (7.0): The Italian U-21 international showed a very composed performance in his first start back from the flu. Romagnoli was the primary outlet from the back and was rarely troubled by the Chievo attack.
Antonelli (6.0): Milan’s left-back seemed all over the place today, as he was often involved in the attack with Bonaventura ahead of him. Had all the right intentions going forward but was often caught too far up field and left his team susceptible to counter attacks.
Honda (6.0): The Japanese International found himself with the ball at his feet plenty throughout the match. With a solid work rate, Honda often found himself in threatening positions. However, the biggest take away was that he is still unable to use his right foot and wasted a great chance early in the second half.
Poli (6.0): Gifted a rare start, Poli occupied the center midfield with plenty of grit and effort throughout the match. However, it is evident that he still lacks the finesse and ball distributing abilities that are vital for his position.
Bertolacci (5.5): A below average performance from the former Genoa man. Bertolacci was the primary man in midfield and distributed the ball fairly well throughout the match. Had Milan’s best chance when he hit the post on a volley with 20 minutes remaining. He still continues to disappoint however.
Bonaventura (6.5): Milan’s primary playmaker did his best in creating opportunities, but still couldn’t seem to find the crucial final ball. Jack never stopped moving and caused some problems for the Chievo defence when he found space. Still failed to really link up with the likes of Bacca and Menez.
Menez (5.0): A disappointing performance from the former PSG man. Gifted his first start since last April, it was evident that the Frenchman still is not 100% fit. Was often much too stationary and failed to really get involved in the match. He was substituted off for Luiz Adriano 10 minutes into the second half.
Bacca (5.5): Milan’s top goal scorer yet again could not find the back of the net. Struggled to find opportunities on goal and looked frustrated with the lack of service his way.
Abbiati (7.0)-MOTM: The 38-year-old shot stopper was called into action after only 16 minutes. Abbiati made two very crucial saves to keep the game 0-0. Although it was evidently seen that he did struggle with his distribution.
Luiz Adriano (6.0): The Brazilian made his first appearance in the New Year and came on in good spirits. While he never really threatened at goal, he was much more mobile than Menez. Look for him to be given a possible start up front next week against Lazio.
Mauri (N/A): This player was not on the field long enough to properly assess his performance.