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Milan Player Ratings: Milan 2-2 Lecce

A solid performance spoiled by a thunderous strike

AC Milan v US Lecce - Serie A Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

The boys were back in town after what seemed like a never ending international break. With new coach Stefano Pioli at the helm it was interesting to see how Milan would play. Well, Milan come out with an electrifying start and gave the fans including this writer a jolt. Just one minute in Rafael Leao was sprung open but couldn't capitalize on his chance. Milan continued to press as Hakan Calhanoglu came oh so close with a strike from outside of the box. Early on Milan looked reinvigorated. After a continued spell of good play, Lucas Biglia sent a beautiful ball to Calhanoglu who made no mistake and put it in the back of the net. As the first half closed many Milan fans were optimistic.

Once the second half commenced Milan looked a tad slower but still in control of the match. In the 60th minute Lecce came roaring on the counter attack but it was dealt with by the Milan defence. However with the help of VAR it showed that Andrea Conti used his arm to control the ball, penalty Lecce. Amazingly Donnarumma saved it but a juicy rebound allowed Lecce to equalize. Milan answered back with a goal from Krzysztof Piatek. In extra time Milan heart break set in with Lecce equalizing off a tremendous strike that was impossible to save. How could such a promising start lead to such heartbreak. Milan fans should be used to that by now.

We shall now look at the AC Milan player ratings. Leave your comments below and follow us on Twitter @SBNRossonero

STARTING LINE-UP

Gigio Donnarumma: Donnarumma wasn't tested during this match and wasn't really at fault for either of the goals conceded. He made a beautiful save on the Lecce penalty kick but the ball didn't bounce his way. 6.5/10

Andrea Conti: Conti was the weakest player on the pitch by far today against Lecce. On that right side he looked lost defensively and was directly at fault for giving up the penalty kick that led Lecce back into the match. 3.5/10

Matteo Musacchio: Musacchio has continued to gradually improve as the year goes on. I’m not saying he is anything spectacular but he gets the job done when needed and in this match he was solid. 6/10

Alessio Romagnoli: Per usual Romagnoli is like a brick wall on the defence. Nobody ever seems to dribble past him and he continues to anchor Milan defensively. 6.5/10

Theo Hernandez: Arguably Hernandez and Calhanoglu were the men of the match today. Hernandez is just so dangerous going forward and creating chances. His blistering pace is something we have not seen in a fullback at Milan in a long time. 7.5/10

Franck Kessie: For me Kessie continues to be like Jekyll and Hyde. Kessie is great at winning the ball back but when the ball touches his feet he makes poor decisions. Kessie doesn't have the touch that others around him possess and this stifles Milan’s attack. 5.5/10

Lucas Biglia: After calling Biglia a slug in a previous article I kinda felt bad but his play reflected that in the past. Today Biglia was no slug, he was actually kinda decent. He played with control and even contributed with an assist on Milan’s first goal. 7/10

Lucas Paqueta: A mediocre game by Paqueta’s standards. It seems as if Pioli encouraged him to go forward in attacks but Lucas didn't make anything of it. However even a rough performance by Paqueta is still more valuable than many others on this squad. 5.5/10

Suso: New coach, same Suso. No matter who comes in Suso’s game stays the same. Suso’s lack of pace concerns me as many Milan attacks lead to nothing because of it. There were points in the match were Suso had great link up play with others but I need to see more of that. 6/10

Rafael Leao: To me Leao must be in the starting lineup at all costs, his pace and flair elevate Milan. Many might complain that Leao didn't capitalize on his chances but people have to remember he isn't a poacher like Piatek. 6.5/10

Hakan Calhanoglu: Well I’m sure nobody predicted a master class from Calhanoglu today. This was one of the best matches he has played in a Milan shirt. His touch on the first goal was beautiful and his touch on the second might have been even better. 8/10

SUBSTITUTES

Krzysztof Piatek: Finally Piatek scored from open play. This might set him on track to continue scoring goals. When Piatek came in I saw the team struggle and that’s never a good sign. Piatek is a classic poacher but I’m not sure thats what Milan need right now. 6/10

Rade Krunic: Krunic actually played better than what he has shown in his appearances by far. He made some nice attacking runs which created chances for Milan. 6/10

Ante Rebic: Rebic just seems out of place on this Milan side at the moment. Whenever he gets the ball he attempts to make a play but falls flat. With a player as talented as Rebic it would be nice if Milan could solve whatever is going on with him. 5/10