Here’s something new - Milan player ratings! Starting off with the Lazio game we will try to review the performances of all Milan players in each and every game.
The rating system works like this. A 10 is a perfect performance for the position, a 1 is an awful, abject and amateur performance. A five? It’s the normal. If Montolivo misplaces a few passes, we won’t give him a six, or a three, simply because that’s the norm! So, with five being the bang average, how did Milan’s players do against Lazio?
Gianluigi Donnarumma - 6
Not much to say about Gigio’s game today - he kept Milan from disaster and did his job, but you have to think; does his constant shouting inspire anything in this Milan side? Perhaps not, except a lot of blame.
Leo Bonucci - 4
Bonucci was Bonucci and shouted a lot and tried to lead a lot, but was caught out. Milan needed a bit more from him at the back, especially the nervy Calabria. If Bonucci has come here to be ‘the man’, he needs to do that. He’ll move on from this, but he’ll have to improve. He cannot let the stars of Serie A skip around him - he needs to show them who is boss.
Mateo Musacchio - 3
Musacchio is meant to be a solid foundation in Milan’s backline, but he looked anything but during this game. Lazio’s fourth goal saw him caught well out, and his hack at Alberto early on could have given away a penalty. Needs to be calmer and more disciplined at the back
Davide Calabria - 2
The youngster shouldn’t be played this far up the pitch. He’s a natural full-back, but goes to nothing if he’s gassed from sprinting into the final third. He was turned inside out by Ciro Immobile on more than five occasions - and could have given away a penalty. He’ll remember this game for a long time, and he’ll need to use this experience to improve.
Ricardo Rodriguez - 4
Lucas Biglia - 6
Lucas Biglia stayed rooted in the centre of the park throughout the game, and that’s true to his position. He’d have wanted this game to go so much better, though. When he’s in his position, he’ll go quiet in games where Milan lose - but will dictate it all when they win. It’s just part and parcel of how this all works. He’ll not be happy with this, and certainly Milan will expect more from Biglia than just acting as a slightly better Montolivo
Ricardo Montolivo - 4
He’s not good enough for Milan any more. He has a part to play, but not the part he is currently playing. Scored Milan’s goal, but that was about it. Didn’t offer anything at all and that’s just not good enough. Can he be blamed for Milan’s loss? Not at all, but he needs to do so much more - but that goes for most of Milan’s players.
Franck Kessie - 4
Kessie’s game was summed up by his constant flurry of weak shots. Nothing he did came off in this game at all. He couldn’t rack up a shot that troubled the keeper and gave Lazio the entrance into the game that they needed.
Patrick Cutrone - 4
Isolated. Empty. Not his fault, but Milan need to use him better. Should have stayed on.
Fabio Borini - 2
It’s very harsh to say Borini was Milan’s worst player in this game, but he just did nothing. Fabio offers nothing as a left-winger and needs to earn his starting place.
Suso - 6
The usual bit of magic came from Suso, but nothing actually happened. He’s Milan’s main man right now and it’s a shame he couldn’t do a little bit more for Milan.
Hakan Calhanoglu - 5
Hakan came on for Fabio Borini in the second half and offered 200% more than Borini. He needs to start - but he also can’t go to sleep defensively.
Nikola Kalinic - 5
Looked lively, but couldn’t do much more than ‘look’. A bystander, but at least a positive one at that. Cutrone should have been left on.
Giacomo Bonaventura - N/A
Came on for Suso far too late to do anything.