After a devastating loss against those who shall remain nameless, Milan turned their attention to the Coppa Italia match against Juventus. Like the previous match Milan got off to a quick start. The team seemed to rebound after their crushing defeat and pressed Juventus for much of the first half. Milan created a few chances but were unable to capitalize on anything. Later on in the half Milan press died down a bit which allowed Juventus to create more scoring opportunities. For the most part of the first half both teams were battling which led to a lot of physicality and frustration by the Milan players. Of course Milan players and coach Stefano Pioli were booked for their offences. The first half was feisty but ultimately ended scoreless.
In the second half Milan came out firing and creating chances. The handing out of the yellow cards continued in the second as well as the referee was giving just about every Milan player a yellow card. I can't say that Juve had the referee in their pockets but I am gonna say some of the cards were questionable. After all the chances Milan finally broke through with a goal from Ante Rebic. After the Rebic goal the fans were flying high. Then Theo was booked for his second yellow and was sent off with around 15 minutes left. Milan were solid for 14 minutes and 59 seconds until the referee gifted Juventus a penalty and of course Ronaldo capitalized. The match ended 1-1.
Now we will look at the player ratings for AC Milan
Gigio Donnarumma: Nothing really for Gigo to do as the Milan defence shut the Juve attack down for most of the game. Can’t really expect him to save a perfect penalty. 6.5/10
Davide Calabria: Some may blame Calabria for the penalty but in my opinion if it was the same situation and Juventus had the supposed handball then no penalty would be given. In truth other than that he had a solid match. 6.5/10
Simon Kjaer: Last match Kjaer was horrible but against Juve he turned it around in a massive way. He stopped any Juve attack coming from the right side and it seemed like he figured it out in this match. 6.5/10
Theo Hernandez: Poor poor match from Theo. He was reckless at times when he shouldn't have been which led to Milan down a man and putting them at a big disadvantage. 4/10
Ismael Bennacer: Every week Bennacer continues to impress me with his ball movement. There were a few instances where he gave up the ball in key situations but overall a good performance. 6.5/10
Franck Kessie: One of the few bright spots from last match, Kessie continued to be disruptive in the midfield. Something I would like to see more from Kessie is playing the ball forward because too many times he plays it back to the defence when Milan need to be moving forward. 6/10
Hakan Calhanoglu: Hakan is finally being played in a more central role which allows him to be more free. This has improved his play but there is still a lack of consistency and right now Milan is in desperate need for consistency. 6/10
Samu Castillejo: Last match Castillejo was a ghost but he did make his presence known against Juventus. His pace on the right side stretched the Juve defence and allowed him to whip in crosses leading to chances for Milan. 7/10
Ante Rebic: Rebic was back to his scoring ways. Before Rebic scored he had a few chances but couldn't capitalize. In the end he got his goal, it might not have been pretty but it counted. 7/10
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: It amazes me how much a 38 year old Ibra has improved this team. His hold up play is what the team were desperately looking for and it seems as if he is beating father time like Tom Brady. 7/10
Diego Laxalt: Obviously it wasn't ideal for Laxalt to come on late but with Theo getting his second yellow Milan had no choice. What a difference between Theo and Laxalt. In the second leg Milan are going to struggle with Laxalt in the lineup. 5/10
Alexis: Saelemaekers: Alexis came on and ran his butt off. His work rate was similar to Castillejo’s. Saelemaekers seems like a young player with potential and room to grow. 6/10
Lucas Paqueta: N/A