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Milan Player Ratings: AC Milan 2 - 0 Venezia

Milan come away with an important three points to keep pace with the top of the table.

AC Milan v Venezia FC - Serie A Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

AC Milan beat Venezia 2-0 at the San Siro in their first meeting since 2002. The newly promoted side held out for a long time before Milan found the breakthrough with Diaz in the 68th minute and thereafter put the game to bed in the 82nd minute with a Hernandez screamer. Milan dominated possession but struggled to create as there was no target man. A number of the depth players showed shades of quality but Pierre Kalulu stood out as the name to remember while Alexis Saelemaekers was easily MOTM coming off the bench.

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STARTING LINE-UP

Mike Maignan: Simple match for him. No real threats but was called up to save a wicked free kick in the dying minutes. Another clean sheet. 6.0/10

Pierre Kalulu: What a game for the youngster. He was level headed in defence and held his ground but was outstanding in attack delivering great crosses and even nearly scoring. 7.5/10

Alessio Romagnoli: Good performance from him and nice to see his confidence returning. No real challenges but dealt with the physicality with ease. 6.5/10

Mattea Gabbia: Nice to see him get some minutes. His aggression is good as he mimicked Tomori’s style of the high press. His passing and distribution were decent. 5.5/10

Fode Ballo-Toure: He showed sparks of why he was signed but looks rusty due to the lack of game time. He has the pace but the control and creativity seem lacking. 5/10

Sandro Tonali: Top notch once again but just a little impatient when he joined up with the attack and rushed a couple of chances. 6/10

Ismael Bennacer: He looked much better than recent games. His passing broke the lines and set up the first goal. He is getting back to his normal self. 6.5/10

Alessandro Florenzi: He has the quality but has not settled into the system yet. Not making the right runs and not being on the same page as his teammates. 4.5/10

Rafael Leao: A performance to forget, lots of chances but wasted ones. He needs to improve his crossing given his new role and needs the final product. 5/10

Brahim Diaz: He struggled to create for a large swathe of the game but he made the right run at the right moment to break the deadlock. Another goal for the no. 10. 6/10

Ante Rebic: An anonymous game for the attacker up the pitch but a really good defensive shift putting pressure on the Venezia midfielders. 5.5/10

SUBSTITUTES

Fikayo Tomori: Added some pace and strength to the defence toward the end. He made some errors but all were recovered. 6/10

Theo Hernandez: A classic Theo cameo. He did well to statpad and dominate on the attack so we forget he questionable defensive ability. Regardless, he was well psoitioned for both his assist and his goal. Top performance. 7.5/10

Alexis Saelemaekers: Wow. Easily his best performance for Milan and the MOTM. He started off both goals from scratch and his dribbling finally worked. He held the ball up well and made the right passes to set up his teammates. He changed the game! 8.0/10

Pietro Pellegri: Not much to comment on, he has pace and made some interceptions but the low rating is for his temperament. We were 2-0 up and he exploded at the referee and Venezia defender almost getting a booking. He needs some maturity as that attitude will not help the team. 4.5/10

Franck Kessie: Added some calm to the middle of the pitch. Cleaned up any plays and helped kill off the game without any fuss. N/A

MANAGER

Stefano Pioli: His rotation gamble paid off as he had quality depth on the bench. His substitutions were spot on and made all the difference. Equally he got to test out a number of players in a low stress situation. He has a winner in Kalulu but more work is needed for Gabbia, Ballo-Toure, Florenzi and Pellegri. 6.5/10