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Milan Player Ratings: Milan 2-0 Cagliari

Signs of improvement for Milan as they finally get a victory

Cagliari Calcio v AC Milan - Serie A Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images

After last weeks disappointing draw against Sampdoria, Milan turned their attention to Cagliari. Not surprisingly coach Stefano Pioli decided to change formation to a 4-4-2 and give starts to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rafael Leao. After playing very poorly last week Suso was left on the bench and Samu Castillejo was given the start. For much of the first half, Milan looked very similar to how they played against Sampdoria. They lacked any conviction going froward and looked very shaky at the back. This forced Donnarumma to make tremendous saves to keep Milan alive in the match. As the half went on their was a little bit of improvement for Milan and they went into half time with a draw.

The second half started off with a bang as Castillejo sent in a delicious ball to Rafael Leao in the box. Leao didn't hit it very clean but it was good enough to put Milan up 1-0. This seemed to give Milan confidence as their play improved from this point on. The two teams then went back a forth as both had goal scoring chances. Then Milan were on the attack again as Theo Hernandez played a great ball into Zlatan who scored putting Milan up 2-0. Milan continued to have their chances but couldn't put another one away. This game and more specially the second half showed that there is some potentially to this team. With a few key moves in January they could potentially make a comeback this season.

Now we shall look at the AC Milan player ratings! Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

STARTING LINE-UP

Gigio Donnarumma: Continued dominance by Gigio in this match. He continues to save the team after horrendous mistakes and truly is the back bone of the club. Something else I’d like to point out is his major improvement with the ball at his feet. 7.5/10

Davide Calabria: Again Calabria was decent but did show signs of improvement. Going forward he didn't offer much but defensively he solidified the right side. Davide seemed to be hurting for much of the match so hopefully his injuries aren't serious. 6.5/10

Matteo Musacchio: At times Musacchio looked shaky and of course we are used to that as Milan fans. Musacchio will continue to play mediocre football and have his few mistakes a match, we can only hope thee mistakes don't cost Milan. 6.5/10

Alessio Romagnoli: Last week Romagnoli was included with a subpar defensive performance and this week was a little bit of the same. As a whole this defence wasn't particularly amazing but in the end they got the job done. 6.5/10

Theo Hernandez: Theo continues his good form on both ends of the pitch. Theo added to his assist total by playing a nice ball into Zlatan who buried it in the back of the net. He is going to be a staple on this team for a long time. 6.5/10

Ismael Bennacer: Bennacer’s importance on this team is growing every week and it seems that he continues to get better every week as well. His versatility should also not be understated as he can play anywhere in the middle of the field. 7/10

Franck Kessie: For many fans it was surprising to see Kessie get the start amongst all the transfer rumours. Kessie proved that he can still play well. He was disruptive in the middle of the pitch and displayed how much of a tank he is. 6.5/10

Samu Castillejo: After a fairly quiet first half, Castillejo came out active and I mean extremely active. It seemed as if Castillejo didn't stop running the whole match, his work rate is something else. That is something Suso severely lacks. 7/10

Hakan Calhanoglu: Calhanoglu was probably the worst part of the midfield in this match. He just seems to make so many mistakes. For years I’ve been saying Milan need someone on the left side, will they finally listen in this transfer window? 6/10

Rafael Leao: Finally Leao gets a spot in the starting eleven and I must say he was good in this match. His link up play with Zlatan was excellent as they actually created chance. Leao and Zlatan up front is a dangerous combo. 7.5/10

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: He might be old but he is still Milan’s best player. Zlatan was inserted into the starting lineup and did more in this match than what Piatek has done for most of the season. Amazingly Zlatan almost got a hat trick but was a few inches off on a few occasions. 7.5/10

SUBSTITUTES

Jack Bonaventura: To be completely honest I didn't notice much of a difference when Jack came on for Calhanoglu. He really didn't do anything special but I’d prefer him over Hakan any day. 6/10

Andrea Conti: Conti came in and didn't make that many mistakes and had a similar game to Calabria as they didn't have detrimental give aways that cost Milan goals. 6/10

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