Milan looked to continue their hot streak against Hellas Verona. However, it was going to be hard without key players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ismael Bennacer. It was evident early on that Milan were going to play a step behind for the majority of the match. Everyone on the squad looked average or below average. With 13 minutes in Hellas Verona scored putting them up 1-0. From that point on Milan were dominated in possession. In the 29th minute Milan caught a break and were given a free kick. Hakan Calhanoglu stepped up and a deflection carried the ball into the back of the net. The poor first half continued for Milan but thankfully the first half ended 1-1.
After a dismal first half many Milan fans figured they could improve but Milan did no such thing. Instead, they continued their very poor play and allowed Verona to dominate play. Milan were fairly lucky as Verona had their chances but continued to hit the post time and time again. In the 70th minute Milan caught another break as a Verona player got a red card after a vicious challenge on Samu Castillejo. Now Milan were up a man and they started to attack. In the minutes where Milan were up a man they played better but they couldn't capitalize on any chances that were created. A disappointing match ends 1-1.
Now we shall look at the AC Milan player ratings!
Gigio Donnarumma: In my opinion Gigio did all he could in the match. He made the saves he needed to make and didn't make any mistakes that could have been costly to Milan. 6.5/10
Davide Calabria: It seems as if nobody wants to play right back for Milan because everyone that plays in that position doesn't perform. The cross on which Verona scored was allowed by Calabria. Milan might need to make a purchase in the summer for this position. 5/10
Matteo Musacchio: After the Verona players got by Calabria they would then easily get by Musacchio as well. As per usual the right side of the Milan defence is lacking and it is evident. 5/10
Çalhanoglu's leveller is not enough. The Rossoneri held to a home draw by ten-man Hellas Verona ➡ https://t.co/f3Mh4OMjol— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 2, 2020
Çalhanoglu pareggia il vantaggio iniziale di Faraoni ma non basta per la vittoria ➡ https://t.co/fa2DO7kjkS#MilanVerona #SempreMilan pic.twitter.com/ShsrAH7gMl
Alessio Romagnoli: The difference on the left side of the Milan defence is Romagnoli. If the Verona players got past Theo then Romagnoli would halt their attack. Theo wasn't great but Romagnoli was there to back him up. 6/10
Theo Hernandez: Theo wasn't his usual self against Verona. He seemed to give away the ball almost any time he touched it and it was his poor marking that allowed Verona to score their only goal. 5/10
Hakan Calhanoglu: Aside from the fairly lucky free kick goal, there wasn't a lot that Calhanoglu did for Milan. The last two matches for Milan have been the epitome of his Milan career, one game he performs and another is a dud. 5.5/10
Calhanoglu levels it with a deflected free-kick! pic.twitter.com/4d4IPuReDY— MilanGifs (@MilanGifs) February 2, 2020
Franck Kessie: Kessie did what he usually does, he was a disruptor in the midfield. He didn't offer much offensively but that is usually to be expected from Kessie. 6/10
Jack Bonaventura: Another match where in my opinion, Jack wasn't impressive. Playing the the left side doesn't seem to fit Jack’s play style anymore. He just hasn't been effective in the past few matches. 5/10
Samu Castillejo: After having good games the past few weeks Castillejo didn't perform up to expectation vs Verona. His work rate will always be there but I would like to see him create something out of nothing and this was the perfect match for him to do that. 5/10
Ante Rebic: The hot streak for Ante Rebic has come to an end. After a string of great performance Rebic was a low light today. He had some moments but ultimately wasn't good enough. However, he did perform better then his striking partner. 5.5/10
Rafael Leao: As much as I am a fan of Rafael Leao, I can admit this was one of his worst performances. This performance was just all around bad as he didn't contribute much to the Milan attack. 4.5/10
Lucas Paqueta: Paqueta had his moments of creativity against Verona. In some instances he played nice balls forward and made the Milan attack a bit more direct. With a midfield that needs someone else to contribute besides Bennacer, maybe Paqueta should be given a chance. 6/10
Alexis Saelemaekers: A debut for the young Belgian. Stefano Pioli subbed him in at right back but to me he didn't look natural in that position. His defensive marking was off and I see him as more of a attacking player. He looked confident on the ball but as expected there is still a lot of work to be done with him. 5.5/10
Daniel Maldini: N/A