AC Milan fell to a painful Three-2 defeat to Inter within the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday evening, with Mauro Icardi scoring a hat trick. The Rossoneri twice fought again from a purpose down by targets from Suso and Giacomo Bonaventura, however a late penalty from the medical Inter striker ensured Vincenzo Montella’s aspect had been left empty-handed.
The advance within the second half was vital. The gamers had been extra aggressive, performed with extra urgency and took the sport to Inter, which led to their targets and getting firmly again into the sport. Positives can definitely be taken from the show after the interval.
It was the exact opposite to the above within the first half, as Inter received the 50/50 battles and performed with extra aggression, whereas Milan appeared content material to gradual the sport down and had no movement or high quality about their buildup play. No matter was stated at half-time must be the message to the gamers shifting ahead.
Supervisor score out of 10
5 — Montella deserves credit score for his half-time group speak and made the appropriate resolution in performing rapidly and bringing Patrick Cutrone on on the break. Nevertheless, there isn’t any excuse for getting tactically outdone within the first half and sending his gamers out with such little want and character.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)
GK Gianluigi Donnarumma, 5 — Not totally convincing together with his distribution, however cannot be blamed for any of the three targets as there was little he may have carried out to disclaim Icardi’s medical ending.
DF Mateo Musacchio, 6 — Did nicely to assist nullify Ivan Perisic’s menace for many of the recreation, however may have arguably carried out higher in key moments with the primary two targets. Nevertheless, it was an honest exhibiting from the Argentine total.
DF Leonardo Bonucci, 5 — There have been extra inspirational speeches on Instagram than good performances from the captain this season. Appeared very shaky when Inter broke on the backline, whereas it is unfathomable how Icardi discovered a lot area within the field for the second purpose. Continues to battle.
DF Alessio Romagnoli, 5 — Was left uncovered by Ricardo Rodriguez in his defence, however in the end it was a poor total efficiency. Booked early on for a foul on Antonio Candreva, who induced loads of issues for him all through.
MF Fabio Borini, 7 — After all of the criticism, the versatile Italian now deserves credit score. Stored Perisic underneath wraps for probably the most half and produced an help for Milan’s second purpose. Adapting to his new position nicely and put in one other strong shift for his group.
MF Franck Kessie, 5 — Changed at half-time, the normally combative midfielder simply wasn’t on the races for this one. Had one transient second of high quality the place he regarded a menace to set Borini free, however that was the one notable contribution.
MF Lucas Biglia, 5 — Struggled at occasions with the stress and urgent of the Inter midfield, however will get marked down particularly for his pricey mistake in giving the ball away within the buildup to the second purpose.
MF Giacomo Bonaventura, 6 — Acquired himself on the scoresheet and was all the time decided to attempt to make one thing occur. Too determined at occasions as he tried an excessive amount of, however in the end, he was one of many higher performers.
MF Ricardo Rodriguez, four — Regardless of being probably the most constant performer for Milan this season, the Swiss worldwide put in his first poor show. Could not take care of Candreva as Inter regarded a menace on their proper flank all through after which a second of insanity on the loss of life as he gave away the penalty.
FW Suso, 6 — The Spaniard was ineffective within the first half as he struggled badly within the tactical setup. Was extra influential after the change and produced a little bit of particular person magic with a fantastic purpose. Montella must put him in the appropriate areas on the pitch to get the most effective out of him.
FW Andre Silva, 6 — Battled laborious from begin to end in a tricky outing in opposition to Miranda and Milan Skriniar, and was unlucky to not register his first Serie A purpose after hitting the submit. Wanted to do extra, although, as he clearly has it in his locker to be an actual presence up entrance.
FW Patrick Cutrone, 6 — His introduction modified Milan. Battled for each ball, lifted his teammates and was a menace in and across the field. Had a wonderful impression on the sport.
MF Manuel Locatelli, NR — Arguably ought to have been introduced on earlier as Biglia regarded drained within the closing levels. Added a bit extra metal in midfield and wasn’t afraid of flying in for tackles.
Sumeet Paul covers AC Milan for ESPN FC. Observe him on Twitter: @SP_Calcio.