1. Ignazio Abate is important to Milan’s defense.
Ignazio Abate has been up and down for Milan this year. He has been injured, has had performances that have not been shining, and he has sat on the bench for a few matches. In this one, the Italian started, playing the whole game and performing very well. He shut down Lorenzo Insigne with the exception of a deflected shot that rolled into the far post, and showed good pace and defending all game long. If there was ever a chance that Abate had to prove he belonged in the starting XI, it was this match, and he took it and proved it with an exceptional performance.