It’s a totally different music this time against Sassuolo. AC Milan dominate and grab three important points thanks to goals from Romagnoli and Suso.
Donnarumma 6: Makes a miracle in the first half and several important saves. Never gives the impression that Sassuolo are able to punish him.
Zapata 6,5: A surprising solid performance. The Colombian has now displaced Musacchio as the third centre back in defense and aims to keep it that way.
Bonucci 7: Rock solid in defense, perhaps his performance so far with the red and black jersey. The captain makes an excellent interception in the last seconds of the first half saving Gigio from a sure goal. AC Milan deeply needs this type of Bonucci.
Romagnoli 7: He and Bonucci form a real wall in defense. Finds the first goal for the rossoneri with a header and is dominant in his area. Never makes a single mistake and is demonstrating ti be the leader we so much need.
Abate 6: Substitutes the unfortunate Calabria who suffers another injury. Often pushes forward and also contributes in defense,
Montolivo 6: Montella prefers him instead of Locatelli and relies on his experience. He is mainly dedicated in stopping the opponents and leaves the constructions phase to Bonucci. Very limited the former captain.
Kessie 6,5: Finally Kessie. Start slow and then explodes. He pushes a lot on right flank and imposes himself with technique and physicality. From his initiative a good goal opportunity was born for Nikola Kalinic. In the middle of the field is relentless, it’s nice to see again the real Kessie.
Borini 6,5: It’s never an easy task for former Sunderland but is amazing how easy he moves from right to left and adapts to each position. In defense he gives a hand to Romagnoli in holding the pair Politano-Gazzola and in attack he is presented with great frequency and quality. As it often happens in these last games, full sufficiency for him.
Calhanoglu 5,5: Now the danger that Hakan may not be Serie A material is more real than ever. The Turkish performances grows progressively but not enough. He does not start well, like the rest of the team. Then he begins to show his qualities with sporadic interesting plays. But he continues to have a shy attitude, to do the indispensable minimum. From someone like him much more is expected. However better than the game in Greece.
Locatelli 6: Substitutes Calhanoglu and takes his position on the pitch. Plays a few balls and does his job well. Often tries from out of distance but without success.
Suso 7+: It’s scary how Suso-depended this team is but thankfully today the Spaniard was unstoppable. As usual everything dangerous starts from his feet. He plays among the lines and often tries to duet with Calhanoglu. Tries to send Kalinic on goal on several occasions but without success. In the second half he finds a marvellous goal from a solo effort, dribbling on the left and shoot from the limit of the area.
Kalinic 6: The usual game from the former striker of Fiorentina. In the first half he has a good chance, but his header is well neutralized by the keeper. In the second half he is more present in front of the goal but Kalinic is served little and badly. He could do much better with more support.