Milan’s run of nine matches unbeaten came to an end today with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of seventh place Sassuolo. This is how we assess the rossoneri performance.
Here is how we rated the performances of each Milan player after their road loss to Sassuolo:
Donnarumma (7.5)-MOTM: Another great performance from the 17-year-old. The club’s best performer by quite a bit. Did well to keep the score 0-0 mid way through the first half with a few strong saves. His distribution is the only noticeable place for improvement. Had no chance at saving Duncan’s screamer which opened the scoring.
De Sciglio (6.5): The captain for the day put in a strong performance filling in for the suspended Ignazio Abate. The 23-year-old Italian was solid defensively along the right side and proved that he could well be a main stay in Milan’s starting eleven.
Alex (5.5): Not one of the strongest matches we’ve seen the 33-year-old Brazilian play for Milan. The club earned several corners throughout the match and Alex was unable to get a head on any. Defensively, he was beaten for pace more than once by the likes of Defrel and Sansone.
Zapata (5): Mihajlovic showed his faith in the 29-year-old Colombian by gifting him yet another start and this time over mainstay Alessio Romagnoli. While Zapata had recently stringed together a run of good performances, that run came to an end today. While both him and Alex looked vulnerable, Zapata made many questionable passes from the back causing unnecessary problems for Milan. Was eventually subbed off for Romagnoli in the 67th minute.
Antonelli (6.5): Milan’s first choice left back put in a sub par performance. There was noticeable confusion between him and Zapata at times. Antonelli had Milan’s best chance on the day with a header off a free kick that forced Consigli into action. The Italian joined the attack when he saw the space and continues to prove as a threat going forward.
Honda (6): The Japanese international put in a relatively good performance on a day where nothing was going right for Milan. Honda was able to combine with De Sciglio along the right side. However, Honda still lacks service going forward and is noticeably unable to use his right foot in attack. Was subbed off for Boateng with 10 minutes remaining.
Bertolacci (5): Starting in place for the injured Montolivo, the former Genoa man was a disappointment for Milan yet again. The 25-year-old Italian lost many battles in the midfield and provided nothing in attack. The absence of Montolivo was noticeable today as Milan lacked a deep lying playmaker.
Kucka (5.5): The Slovakian was virtually non-existent and had trouble getting involved in the play. While his work rate can never be questioned, Kucka like Bertolacci was unable to win many battles in the middle of the park. Provided some going forward, but nothing that really threatened Consigli.
Bonaventura (6): Milan’s wide playmaker was a non-factor as he was against Alessandria mid-week. Given the full 90 minutes this time, Jack had difficulties linking up with the likes of Balotelli, Bacca, and even Menez when he came on.
Balotelli (5.5): Super Mario only lasted 48 minutes today. While he was more mobile than usual today, Balotelli still struggles to prove as a threat for Milan in attack. The ex-Liverpool striker is still very stationary in possession and in many cases did not look on the same page with his strike partner Bacca.
Bacca (5.5): Having now gone 3 matches without a goal, Milan’s hitman again found life difficult against the Sassuolo defense. The Colombian has struggled in Niang’s absence from the squad and does not seem in sync with the likes of Balotelli and Menez. It also doesn’t help when nothing arrives from the midfield.
Menez (6): The Frenchman came on for Balotelli in the 48th minute and was given his first significant Serie A action this season. Initially, provided a spark off the bench for Milan but faded as the match went on.
Romagnoli (6): The Italian under 21 international came on for a shaky Zapata with 23 minutes remaining. Romagnoli could do nothing on Sassulo’s second goal and was relatively quiet throughout his time on the pitch.
Boateng (N/A): This player was not on the pitch long enough to properly asses his performance.