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Milan Player Ratings: Milan 2-0 Fiorentina

Milan in control as they cruise to a 2-0 victory

AC Milan v Fiorentina - Italian Serie A Photo by Mattia Ozbot/Soccrates/Getty Images

On Sunday AC Milan played Fiorentina at the San Siro. Still coached by Daniele Bonera, Milan came into this match with injuries to key players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ismael Bennacer. In the early stages of the match Milan actually looked like the inferior team as Fiorentina had the upper hand. However, that changed when Milan took advantage of their chances and finally scored off a corner kick. Fiorentina answered well hitting the post almost tying the match. Just minutes after that chance Alexis Saelemaekers was taken down in the box and Milan were awarded a penalty. Kessie took the penalty duty and scored doubling their lead. Millan continued to attack and were even awarded another penalty. Sadly Franck was unable to score again as his penalty was saved.

In the second half Milan continued their good play and had the match in the palm of their hand. In the 53rd minute Hakan Calhanoglu almost tripled Milan’s leading hitting the post with a shot from outside the box. Fiorentina did have their chances but a combination of the defence and Gigio Donnarumma let Milan maintain their two goal lead. Milan finished the match with a 2-0 win and stayed at the top of the table.

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STARTING LINE-UP

Gianluigi Donnarumma: Gigio was massive again. He made saves in key areas to not allow the tide to turn in the match. 7/10

Davide Calabria: Davide played outstanding against Fiorentina. He completely locked down the right side and stuffed every Viola attack. Davide is playing with more confidence and elevating his play to the next level. 7.5/10

Simon Kjaer: Kjaer great as always. He pocketed the Fiorentina strikers not allowing them any space. His timing is just exceptional. 7/10

Alessio Romagnoli: A major bounce back match for our captain. He was so much better on Sunday and that is what we are used to seeing, an extremely solid defender. To put a cherry on top he scored a goal and silenced the haters. 7/10

Theo Hernandez: Theo had another very solid match. Like the match against Napoli he was good defensively and made bursting runs going forward. He was the one that won the second penalty for Milan. 7/10

Franck Kessie: Franck is so vital to this team, I know I say it every ratings but it is just so true. He does all the dirty work in the midfield making key tackles at any moment. Kessie also took over penalty duties and he split his attempts scoring one and having the next one saved. 7/10

Sandro Tonali: Tonali improved in this match thankfully. He had a horrid performance against Lille but against Fiorentina he looked more calm and sure of himself. He was making the easy passes and not giving it away int he midfield. Baby steps for the kid. 6.5/10

Alexis Saelemaekers: Another match where Saelemaekers starts and Milan win. He added a bit more offensive flair in this match as there were moments where he moved through the defence with ease. He won Milan’s first first penalty and almost won them another. 7/10

Hakan Calhanoglu: Calhanoglu also played a bit better against Fiorentina but not at the level of last season. It seemed that he couldn't find that last touch in this match but still better than what he has been. Hakan even almost scored a couple of very nice long shots. 6.8/10

Brahim Diaz: It was nice to see Brahim get a chance to shine. Like usual his dribbling was on display and we know that he is skilled. But as I mentioned in previous articles he holds onto the ball for too long and doesn't make the necessary pass. Also there were moments that Brahim got pushed off the ball a little too easily. 6.5/10

Ante Rebic: Rebic played a bit better upfront but I do not think him replacing Ibra is sustainable. One thing that Milan like to do when they are in trouble is kick is up to Ibra and allow him to spread it out wide. With Rebic they can't do that. 6.5/10

SUBSTITUTES

Rade Krunic: At first Rade was played in the attack and for me he is almost useless there as he doesn't bring any creativity to the offence. However once Tonali was taken off, Rade was pushed back into the defensive midfield. In that position he looked better and more at home. 6.5/10

Jans Petter Hauge: For me Hauge looked a bit more confident in this match. In my opinion he should have been subbed on earlier instead of Rade Krunic. 6/10

Diogo Dalot: Not much to rate here but it is interesting to see Dalot being played on the right win. N/A