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Milan Player Ratings: Spezia 1 - 2 AC Milan

Milan are growing with each game and pulling off really difficult wins.

Spezia Calcio v AC Milan - Serie A Photo by Claudio Villa/AC Milan via Getty Images

AC Milan faced Spezia on the road yesterday as Stefano Pioli handed a first ever start to Daniel Maldini - the third generation of Maldini to wear red and black following Cesare and Paolo. The side we faced were robust in defence and dangerous in attack as we struggled to break out and create chances. Milan somehow managed to win 2-1 with goals from Diaz and Maldini to seal all three points.

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STARTING LINE-UP

Mike Maignan: The keeper made some solid saves in the first half but was unfortunately beaten by the deflection in the second. 6.0/10

Pierre Kalulu: Another really good display for the youngster. He bagged himself an assist as well and showed that he can step in at right back and deliver. 7.0/10

Fikayo Tomori: A solid game as usual where he dealt with the threats with ease. He struggled for pace on a few occasions which was new but recovered well. 6.0/10

Alessio Romagnoli: A good follow up from the recent games. He is growing in confidence and taking his place as a starter alongside Tomori. 6.0/10

Theo Hernandez: He was ineffective in this game as his pace was not even to break past the rigid defence. Defensively he struggled again as he allowed Verde the space to shoot on the goal. 5.0/10

Sandro Tonali: A tidy game from the midfielder, he battled well with Bourabia and ensured there were no central breaks. He was unlucky to provide the deflection for Spezia’s goal. 6.0/10

Franck Kessie: He did well to keep the all moving and bring the physicality to Milan’s play but not much of note otherwise. 6.0/10

Alexis Saelemaekers: He did it! He followed up the top notch performance against Venezia with an equally influential one against Spezia including the assist for the winner where he rode a couple of tackles in the box before rolling the ball to Diaz. 7.5/10

Daniel Maldini: His first start and he scores his first goal. The Maldini name lives on in the game and in red and black. He played well but needs much more development in his movement and vision, his passing is incredible though. 6.5/10

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

Olivier Giroud: A rough game for the striker. He looked lost and barely got a touch of the ball. He needed to get some minutes in his legs but was ineffective. 5.0/10

SUBSTITUTES

Rafael Leao: He is growing with each game but his finishing let him down. The attacker had 4/5 golden chances but wasted them. His play kicked off the runs for both goals and made the real difference for the three points. 7.5/10

Pietro Pellegri: A decent performance where he held up the ball well and showed his pace. He came close to a goal but has shown promise as a late substitute. 6.0/10

Ismael Bennacer: He brought some dynamism to the play and allowed the game to speed up when he came on. His passing is getting back to last season’s level as he sets up the play well up front. 6.5/10

Davide Calabria: A good performance of the bench, he had his pace and was a rock blocking Gyasi and Strelec. He showed his leadership on the pitch too driving the team forward and preventing a Diaz booking. 6.5/10

Brahim Diaz: A real no. 10 performance, he had one chance and he took. He scored the winner and showed his quality in just 8 minutes of play. N/A

MANAGER

Stefano Pioli: A tough game for the manager and his odd substitutions somehow worked out again. Bringing on Leao changed the game for the first time and bringing on Diaz changed it for the second time. 6.5/10