Milan played their final match of the Serie A campaign Saturday evening as they hosted third place Roma at the San Siro. With Europe League implications on the line Milan put in an overall very disappointing performance suffering a 3-1 defeat.
Needing to take away three points from their final match, Milan put in an embarrassing performance for a team that was fighting for the final Europa League spot for next season. As a whole, the team lacked any sort of desire to win and left many speechless as to how they could play so poorly in a must win match.
Here are the player ratings for Milan in their loss against Roma,
Donnarumma (7.0 MOTM): The 17 year old shot stopper made plenty of saves throughout the match and continued to show the Milan faithful that they have something to look forward to in the future. Although three goals got behind him, none were his fault as his defense put in a very lackluster performance. Made a bad decision when he decided to pick up a Bonaventura pack pass but redeemed himself with a fantastic save off of a deflection.
De Sciglio (6.0): The 23 year old fullback was one of the few that put in a workman like performance. While he has been criticized in the recent pass, De Sciglio was often involved in the play and fought hard for every loose ball. However, he still lacks technical ability with the ball at his feet and proves as a non-threat going forward.
Mexes (4.5): The 34 year old Frenchman wore the Captain’s armband for the afternoon and was completely out of place in only his fourth Serie A start of the season. Never seemed on page with his defense partner Alex and was beaten for pace by the likes of Salah and El Shaarawy on more than one occasion.
Alex (5.0): The Brazilian center back was also very disappointing for the rossonerri. Also was beaten for pace by the Roma attackers and gave the ball away carelessly more than once. The experience did not show as the 33 year old looked lost in the heart of the defense.
Romagnoli (5.5): The U-21 Italian international was slotted into the left back spot by Cristian Brocchi and did not look comfortable by any means. Having played in the center of defense all season, Romagnoli was forced into a position where he looked lost at times. Although he did his best getting forward, it was not one of the best performances from one of Milan’s most promising prospects.
Kucka (5.0): The Slovakian international is known for the energy he has brought all season. However, Kucka lacked the much needed aggressiveness that the rossonerri craved in a must win match. Was mostly caught drifting around for a good portion of the match and did not contribute much offensively.
Locatelli (5.0): The 18 year old was given his first ever Serie A start, Brocchi surprised many by starting such an inexperienced player in such an important match. Locatellli’s inexperience showed as he coughed up possession many times throughout the match and failed to make an impact on the match in the regista role usually consumed by Montolivo.
Bertolacci (4.5): A very frustrating performance from the former Roma man. Lacked energy in midfield and often made many bad decisions when he did have possession. Bertolacci leaves the Milan faithful wondering if he was worth the 20 million euro the Milan spent on him. Was replaced by Bonaventura early in the second half.
Honda (5.5): The Japanese international put in a poor first half showing. Playing in the trequrtista role, Honda failed to create chances for his strikers in front of him and was quite wasteful throughout the match. Although his play picked up in the second half, Honda missed a great opportunity to pull Milan level when he fired a shot over the bar just inside the eighteen yard box.
Balotelli (4.0): Super Mario was not super in only forty-five minutes of action. In an attempt to make his case for Milan to keep him next season, Balotelli offered absolutely nothing going forward. Had one attempt on goal that went well into the stands. Was substituted for Luiz Adriano at halftime.
Bacca (5.0): Milan’s leading goal scorer upfront was virtually non-existent up front. The Colombian drifted in and out of play on many occasions and gave away possession far too easily at times. Bacca eventually tapped in a close in attempt with five minutes left to add to his goal tally.
Luiz Adriano (4.5): Came on for Balotelli at halftime in hopes of providing a spark up front. The former Shaktar man was also virtually non-existent and never really got any clean touches on the ball. The most eventful moment for him was picking up a yellow card for a foul from behind on Manolas only ten minutes since coming on.
Bonaventura (6.0): Making his return from injury, the former Atalanta man came on for Bertolacci in hopes of adding some grit and creativity in midfield. Although he did his best to create and battle, not much went his way when it came to sparking a Milan comeback.
Calabria (6.5): The young Italian fullback did well in his half hour of action. It was evident that the energy picked up when Calabria came on for Alex. Was a real threat offensively and provided the cross that Bacca converted on for Milan’s only goal on the afternoon.