Coming off the international break Giampaolo and Milan looked to improve their play against Hellas Verona. To say the least Milan didn't improve at all and in some cases actually took a step back from their match against Brescia. This game was in the hands of Milan as after only 20 minutes a player from Verona was sent off for a high boot. Even though Milan were up a man for almost the entire match it really didn't seem like it. For the entire first half Milan looked lost and didn't even register a shot on goal. If it wasn't for Gianluigi Donnarumma Milan would have been trailing early on. After 45 minutes of play Milan were in shambles.
It's over! @pjona9official's first of the season earns us the three points! ⚽— AC Milan (@acmilan) September 15, 2019
Piątek si sblocca, vittoria rossonera al Bentegodi! ⚽#VeronaMilan #ForzaMilan pic.twitter.com/YDcOCLa1TD
Coach Marco Giampaolo saw a need for change so he brought on new signing Ante Rebic at the half. Sadly the second half picked up right where the first half left off with Milan putting on a disgraceful performance. Finally Milan caught a break when Hakan Calhanoglu shot the ball and it hit the defenders arm inside the box. Milan were then awarded a penally. Krzysztof Piatek got a chance to finally put one on the board, he stepped up calmly and buried it. Milan found a break through but could this energize the team? Actually no because they continued to put on a poor performance. Hellas Verona had a chance to tie at the end of the match when Davide Calabria fouled a Verona player outside the box. Thankfully Verona were unable to capitalize on the opportunity and Milan secured the three points.
Let us now look at the player rating for AC Milan. Leave your thoughts in the comments below and tweet us @SBNRossonero!
Gianluigi Donnarumma: When Gigio is called to action Gigio usually steps up and today was no different. Although he didn't have much to do, he did see some action. In those few instances Gigio came up clutch. 7/10
Davide Calabria: Calabria had a decent game defensively until the very end where he made a crucial mistake which led to a Hellas Verona free kick. Calabria was given a red card so he won't see any action against Inter Milan. 6/10
Matteo Musacchio: Would it be crazy to say that Musacchio actually had a decent match? He didn't make his usual mistakes and was fairly solid. Hopefully Musacchio continues his good play. 6.5/10
⚫ Another three points in the bag, steady does it boys— AC Milan (@acmilan) September 15, 2019
⚫ Portiamo a casa tre punti dal Bentegodi: #ForzaMilan #VeronaMilan pic.twitter.com/khhROXj5z8
Alessio Romagnoli: At this point what else is there to say about our captain except that he is absolute class. Romagnoli always seems to find himself bailing Milan out of sticky situations. 7/10
Ricardo Rodriguez: Rodriguez has been consistently good defensively but his problems start on the other side of the field. Too many times during this match we saw Rodriguez hold up play and bring nothing to the offence. 6/10
Franck Kessie: From this point on the player ratings start to dip and Kessie is included in this group. Kessie didn’t really bring anything to this match and many times hindered the squad when the ball was at his feet. 5/10
Lucas Biglia: Straight up Biglia shouldn't be starting for this team unless Bennacer is unavailable. Biglia doesn't add much to the squad and like Ricardo Rodriguez he slows the play down. 5/10
3 away points - that's what counts... ❤⚽ #ForzaMilan #HC10 @acmilan pic.twitter.com/rKD33sm5YI— Hakan Çalhanoğlu (@hakanc10) September 15, 2019
Hakan Calhanoglu: Calhanoglu continues to get every chance to try and impress Giampaolo but in my opinion he isn't doing much. I'm sure that Marco Giampaolo will continue to pick Calhanoglu in his starting eleven. 5/10
Suso: Like the rest of the squad Suso had a hard time in this match. He continuously drifted out to the right wing and cut inside to try and send in a cross. It seem as if Suso is incapable of playing behind a striker. 5/10
Lucas Paqueta: Finally Paqueta got a chance to play behind the strikers but did he ever disappoint. He spent more time on the floor than creating actual chances. I doubt that Paqueta gets another chance to play trequartista. 5/10
PIATEK IS BACK! pic.twitter.com/tTtzeK2RTy— MilanGifs (@MilanGifs) September 15, 2019
Krzysztof Piatek: After the last 20 minutes against Brescia, Piatek showed promise. However he fell mostly flat again in this match. On the bright side at least Piatek scored the penalty to get the monkey off his back. 5/10
Ante Rebic: Rebic came on right after the half and didn’t have much of an impact on the match. Rebic did show promise but like much of the rest of the team he wasn't great. Hopefully he gets more chances to prove his worth. 5/10