AC Milan beat SPAL 3-0 in the round of 16 of the Coppa Italia as Stefano Pioli's 4-4-2 continues to develop. The team looked aggressive and threatening from the start as Milan took the game to SPAL from early on. Bennacer put through a great through ball to set up Piatek for the opener as Milan took charge early on. Milan focused less on maintaining possession and more on creating chances thus had some great early opportunities. Piatek carried the ball forward and took his time to pick out a pass rather than shooting to find Castillejo who tucker away a beatiful curler to push Milan further up just before half time.
In the second half, Milan took their foot of the gas and the attackers Rebic and Piatek missed a lot of chances to score. Theo managed to collect a loose ball and run at the defence before letting of a rocket of a shot to score Milan's third of the game. The substitutions were a little odd especially Kjaer coming off but Milan held on to keep the clean sheet and set up a date with Torino in the quarter finals.
Now we shall look at the AC Milan player ratings! Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
Antonio Donnarumma: Antonio came through again and broke a record in the process. The only keeper in Milan's history not to concede in 300 minutes! He did make some great acrobatic saves to keep it that way but had a rather quiet game. 7/10
Andrea Conti: Another misfire for the young full back, he needs to be more consistent to make a concrete case to overtake Calabria but even in the Cup, he was able to drive forward effectively nor defend at all. He was an error away from throwing the game. 6/10
Simon Kjaer: What a promising debut. Kjaer was dominant in the air and bailed out Conti at least five times throughout the game. His defensive ability allowed Romagnoli to drive forward more and the Captain looked more at ease. 7.5/10
Alessio Romagnoli: A much better shift from the Captain, he looked comfortable alongside Kjaer and distributed the ball well. He was aggressive in intercepting and tackling early limiting SPAL's chances on goal significantly. 7/10
Theo Hernandez: Ufff ... What a strike, What a Goal and What a Celebration! Theo came through with a wholseome defensive performance but then when the chance presented itself, he banged it into the back of the net to return to the top of Milan's top scorers list. 7.5/10
Ismael Bennacer: Another masterclass from the Algerian, he literally grows in influence with each passing game and the 4-4-2 has allowed him to flourish and contribute in attack. He provided a sublime assist for Piatek but his midfield control was the highlight. 8/10
Rade Krunic: Krunic also missed a golden opportunity to further his case to replace Kessie in the starting line up. He was largely anonymous but managed a few good passes and interceptions during the game. He was strong defensively though. 6.5/10
Samu Castillejo: What a turnaround for the midfielder, he is hardworking and he puts his down down and grinds. He was rewarded with a brilliant goal where he demonstrated his finesse and composure. Suso is unlikely to return anytime soon. 7.5/10
Jack Bonaventura: A bang average appearance. Bonaventura seems a little down on confidence and unsure of himself. He struggled to pick out passes throught the game and his runs were a little haphazard. Hopefully better games to come. 6/10
Ante Rebic: Rebic is either unlucky or a choker. His runs were fantastic, he opened up acres of space and his pace is a huge boost to escape defenders ... but his finishing is horrific. He missed a few sitters and make some poor decisions in the box. Should've had a goal. 6/10
Krzysztof Piatek: A tale of two halves for the Pole. In the first half, he was incredible and looked confident. He scored a goal of an incredible run and was composed to pick out a pass that assisted Castillejo's goal. He held up the ball well and was a threat. In the second half, he was the Piatek we all have grown to hate this season. 7/10
Suso: The exit door beckons. Suso looked slow and unmotivated when he came on. He missed a sitter and he is so predictable, SPAL shut him out so easily. 6/10
Lucas Paqueta: An odd performance for the Brazilian, he was a little lost when replacing Jack and did not impact the game at all. He did put in a great Suso that Suso bumbled and almost gave away a penalty. 6/10
Matteo Gabbia: N/A