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Milan Player Ratings: Lille 3-0 Milan

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Milan look flat in their first loss of the season

AC Milan v LOSC Lille: Group H - UEFA Europa League Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Well it finally happened, the unbeaten streak has finally ended. Everyone knew that the streak would eventually end but the way it ended was a very disappointing loss. The first half was a back and fourth affair as both teams had some chances to score. However, it seemed as if AC Milan had trouble breaking down Lille to create chances but nonetheless they had some opportunities to score. On the other hand Lille looked dangerous and half way into the first half they were awarded a penalty after a Romagnoli foul, Lille capitalized going up 1-0. At the half Lille maintained their 1-0 lead.

Now the best way to describe the second half is that it was a complete disaster. In the second half the team looked even more tired and Lille took advantage of that. We knew fatigue would catch up to the team as there hasn't been rotation in key areas of the squad. Mistakes by the defence and Gigio Donnarumma let Lille extend their lead to 3 goals. Milan tried to play more attacking but to no avail. This was a disappointing match but it is better to take a loss now than in big matches later on in the season. Hopefully the boys keep their head up high and bounce back next match. I will add that I think Pioli got the starting lineup wrong against Lille. Rade Krunic shouldn't be playing as a left winger when we have Rebic and Hauge sitting on the bench, that is just not right.

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STARTING LINE-UP

Gianluigi Donnarumma: It has been a while since Gigio has made a big blunder but against Lille it happened. He did bounce back a bit making some nice saves to not make the score look ridiculous. 5.5/10

Diogo Dalot: Dalot had a nice performance on the left side against Sparta Prague but on the right against Lille he was fairly bad defensively. Maybe Pioli should have played him on the left and Conti on the right. 5.5/10

Simon Kjaer: Kjaer had some good moments but overall the whole defence was in shambles. Again maybe chalk this up to fatigue. 5.5/10

Alessio Romagnoli: Since returning Romagnoli hasn't been great and today that continued. Even though the penalty call was a bit soft he should still not put himself in that situation. Romagnoli seems to be struggling at the moment with his lack of pace and the high line that Milan plays. 5/10

Theo Hernandez: Theo was decent going forward but like the rest of his defensive partners he wasn't acceptable. It is clear that Theo needs more of a rest and so does most of the defence. Much of their mistakes are mental. 5.5/10

Franck Kessie: Kessie has been outstanding but against Lille he wasn't his usual self. Not sure ho many times i’m gonna say it but fatigue is setting in and the break should help. 5.5/10

Sandro Tonali: After a bit of a rough start Sandro was coming into form for Milan but in this match he was bested by Renato Sanches. Tonali was turned multiple times by Sanches leaving Tonali in the dust. 5/10

Samu Castillejo: Samu should not be playing for Milan right now. At the moment he is just simply not good. Every touch his takes and every dribble he makes Milan fans watch with horror. 4.5/10

Brahim Diaz: Brahim wasn't really a factor in the match against Lille. He didn't get a chance to show what he has been doing for Milan. This was an old Calhanoglu game for Diaz. 5.5/10

Rade Krunic: Straight up, Krunic shouldn't be playing on the left wing. He is too stiff and his pace is on what it should be to play on that side. Krunic isn't a bad player but against a very good team he isn't a factor in the attack. 5/10

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Like the rest of the squad Zlatan fell into the category of being disappointing. He is playing every match at 39 years old and that just can't happen. 5.5/10

SUBSTITUTES

Rafael Leao: Leao was kind of non existent when he got on early in the second half. He had a chance right in front of the net but scuffed it wide. 5.5/10

Hakan Calhanoglu: Like Diaz, Hakan didn't make a massive impact up front but his form has dipped a bit since getting injured. Maybe the contract rumours are affecting his play as well because in the past Hakan has taken to social media to deny claims of leaving. 5.5/10

Ismael Bennacer: By far Bennacer was the best player for Milan. He came on and his class showed. His passes were crisp and he broke up play in the middle of the pitch. 6.5/10

Ante Rebic: When Rebic came on his was played as a striker and as we've seen earlier this year that isn't the best place for him. For me I prefer Leao up front if it isn't Ibra because Rebic and Theo have such a good connection on the left side. 5/10

Jans Petter Hauge: N/A