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AC Milan Player Ratings: Milan 4-1 Lecce

Milan show mental strength in a dominating win

US Lecce v AC Milan - Serie A Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images

After a Coppa Italia match earlier in the week Milan returned to Serie A competition against Lecce. Milan played the same formation that was used against Juventus with Theo Hernandez and Samu Castillejo getting the starting nod. It was a promising start for Milan as the team attacked well and created a few chances on goal. There were nice plays by Calhanoglu and Castillejo but as per usual Milan struggled to finish the play. As Milan continued to attack the chances kept coming. In the 25th minute Hakan Calhanoglu layered a ball in and Castillejo had a nice touch that saw the ball in the back of the net. Milan were up 1-0. In the 34th minute it seemed as if Lecce had scored off a corner but the referee ruled it offside and didn't even reassure his decision with VAR. After the play the game opened up and there were chances created for both sides. However, Milan maintained their lead into half time.

Into the second half it was easy to tell that the Milan players were playing scared and Lecce took advantage. Lecce were awarded a questionable penalty but nonetheless Lecce capitalized and scored to tie the match up. To everyones shock Milan fought back quickly in the match as Jack Bonaventura tapped it in off a rebound. Milan were up again. Being up a goal wasn’t enough for Milan as they struck quickly after a Lecce corner sending Ante Rebic in all alone and he made no mistake putting Milan up 3-1.

Now let’s take a look at the AC Milan player ratings


Gigio Donnarumma: Gigio had basically nothing to do this entire match but as I mentioned in previous articles his footwork has improved and impressed me. 7/10

Andrea Conti: I didn't notice Conti for much of this match. He made only a few attacking runs but he did get one nice assist on the Leao goal. 6.5/10

Simon Kjaer: In my opinion Kjaer played well until an injury forced him off. His positioning defensively was great but more importantly he moved the ball to the midfield in an efficient way. 6.5/10

Alessio Romagnoli: Never making mistakes, always solid. 6.5/10

Theo Hernandez: Last week we saw Calabria play left back and that was an absolute mess. Theo makes such a difference on the left side. His pace alone is enough to create an extra 1 to 2 chances per game. 7/10

Ismael Bennacer: Bennacer wasn't much of a stand out in this game as he is in others. However he did play well and made it easier to get into an attacking phase quickly. 7/10

Franck Kessie: Working alongside Bennacer has improved the play of Kessie. Now Kessie isn't tasked with as much to do offensively and this allows him to be a disruptor in the middle of the pitch. 7.5/10

Samu Castillejo: A good and energetic match for Samu. He finally saw his name on the scoresheet with a nice tap in. He didn't do anything extraordinary but he did his job. 7/10

Hakan Calhanoglu: Calhanoglu was involved in 3 of Milan’s goals. He assisted Samu’s goal, took the shot that allowed Jack to get the rebound and was the one who passed it too Rebic. Great game from a confident Hakan. 8/10

Jack Bonaventura: Jack played better then he did against Juve but he doesn't have the magic that he used to have for Milan. On the plus side he did score the wining goal for Milan. 6.8/10

Ante Rebic: Well Rebic was a lot better then what he was a Juve. For starters he didn't karate kick an opponent in the chest which is great. Rebic looked more comfortable upfront and had nice link up play with the likes of Calhanoglu and Castillejo. Rebic even scored a nice breakaway goal. 7/10


Matteo Gabbia: In previous matches Gabbia looked solid but against Lecce he showed his youthfulness with a few reckless tackles. I won't fault him for giving up that penalty because it was a questionable call but other tackles were uncalled for. 5.5/10

Rafael Leao: Leao didn't see much of the ball but in the attack it seems his movement has improved a bit. This was evident on the goal he scored as he was in great position inside the box. 6.5/10

Alexis Saelemaekers: Alexis looked energetic in the few minutes that he played but didn't get much of an opportunity to show his skill. 6/10

Lucas Biglia: N/A

Lucas Paqueta: N/A