AC Milan cruise to victory over SPAL 4-0 thanks to Patrick Cutrone’s first ever Serie A brace for his boyhood club.
Here are the player ratings for the Rossoneri in their victory.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (6.5): The teenager was not tested at any point in this match thanks to his defence. A simple day in between the sticks for Donnarumma who will take the clean-sheet back home from Ferrara.
Ignazio Abate (7.0): Overall, a solid performance on the right for Abate. Did well to close down on any hint of danger and was steady in possession which the Rossoneri dominated.
Leonardo Bonucci (7.0): Milan’s captain continued his good run of form in the back, launching his preferred long ball nine times, building from the back well and clearing his lines from the little pressure he faced. The silly yellow card in the second half did however effect his rating today.
Alessio Romagnoli (7.5): The former Roma man was the top defender in the back of Gattuso’s 4-3-3 today, showing tremendous composure on the ball when circulating possession and covering his area. A passing accuracy of 89%, seven long balls pulled off and two aerials won. Romagnoli continues to shine.
Ricardo Rodriguez (6.5): The Swiss left-back was on par today; nothing spectacular, but did the job. Rodriguez is one of the Milan players who needs to elevate his game over the next few matches and show us a little something extra than what we’ve seen.
Franck Kessie (7.0): Another textbook Kessie performance tonight vs SPAL. The charging runs forward, carrying the ball and sticking to his assignments. His yellow card will however keep him from playing next weekend at the San Siro against Sampdoria, but perhaps it will be a much needed rest for the Ivorian.
Lucas Biglia (7.5): An encouraging display from the Argentine who has received his share of criticism this season. Biglia dictated the tempo well at the base, completing 94% of his passes, including 3 long balls, while also breaking up play with three tackles. He scored his first goal for the Rossoneri with a composed finish after a SPAL mistake. This is what Milan need from Biglia on the go forward.
Giacomo Bonaventura (7.5): Bonaventura continues to flourish under Gattuso, and that is reflected in his performance today. Incisive passing, retaining possession and doing a bit of everything in that mezz’ala role to help the cause; 95% passing, three aerials won, and four tackles.
Suso (7.5): The Spaniard was heavily involved in the attack all match, swinging in plenty of crosses and dribbling around his marker with ease. His first cross of the match to the back post resulted in Cutrone’s first of two, and the second from the Italian came off a rebound shot as well. Despite not having a goal or assist to show for it, Suso did well throughout.
Patrick Cutrone (8.0) MOTM: The youngster continues to impress us all, no matter which club you are affiliated with. His first Serie A brace demonstrated his ability to find space and move into proper position for chances, but of course, the keen eye for goals. With Kalinic and Silva struggling, Cutrone must be the first choice striker.
Hakan Calhanoglu (7.0): Much of the same from the Turkish playmaker today; supportive in the build up, showing confidence to try for goal and combining well with Bonaventura on the left flank. Calhanoglu shall remain locked into that left-wing role as it gives him the most freedom in the final third to create and make things happen.
Riccardo Montolivo (6.5): A solid showing from the bench for Montolivo who in 15 minutes, did well in possession and supplied Fabio Borini with a lovely assist.
Andre Silva (n/a): The Portuguese international replaced Cutrone in the 77th minute, but did not get involved enough to properly assess his performance.
Fabio Borini (6.5): Six-plus minutes of action, four touches, and one goal (his first in league play). Not a bad day from the Italian.