AC Milan had been held to a goalless draw by AEK Athens on the San Siro on Thursday night time as Milan produced an infuriatingly uninspiring efficiency. Vincenzo Montella’s facet stay high of Group D, however the Milan coach and gamers had been rightly jeered off the pitch after the full-time whistle.
Maybe there have been transient moments of some high quality as a crew and sure people put in a good shift, however Milan merely weren’t adequate in most departments to deserve extra from the sport.
Boring, gradual and wholly uninspiring. The Rossoneri by no means actually launched a sustained interval of strain on the guests, and wanted to be extra scientific after they had their alternatives. There was no stream to their play, regardless of having a lot creativity within the beginning lineup, they usually lacked urgency and depth all through.
Supervisor score out of 10
four — Montella is coming beneath an growing quantity of strain. Three consecutive defeats in Serie A and now this draw have given his detractors loads of ammunition. His tactical setup and total strategy do not get one of the best out of this squad, however his gamers should take duty too.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)
GK Gianluigi Donnarumma, 6 — Produced a few good saves and was alert at any time when known as upon. His distribution was dangerous at instances once more although.
DF Mateo Musacchio, 5 — Did fairly nicely defensively and battled laborious, however there are nonetheless errors creeping into his sport. Has misplaced the composure on the ball that he confirmed earlier within the season too.
DF Leonardo Bonucci, 5 — Was wayward together with his passing now and again, and but once more he allowed the opposing forwards to skip previous him too simply at instances. General although with AEK not threatening an excessive amount of, they did not ask additional questions of him.
DF Ricardo Rodriguez, 6 — A good show each from a defensive perspective and as an attacking risk when switched to the left within the second half. AEK did not notably have a lot pleasure down Milan’s left flank and the Swiss worldwide was a giant purpose as to why.
MF Davide Calabria, 5 — Did not do an excessive amount of improper, however did not do an excessive amount of proper both. A mean show, however in his defence he labored laborious and not less than continued to push until the ultimate minute.
MF Suso, 6 — Had his moments by way of creating possibilities for Milan, however too usually slowed up play and wasn’t prepared to strive extra. As a number one artistic spark on this crew, the Spaniard must step up and be extra constant. Nonetheless, he seemed the more than likely supply of inspiration.
MF Manuel Locatelli, 6 — Maybe just a little beneficiant, however not less than Locatelli seemed like he was prepared to get caught in and battle for the win. Did not do sufficient together with his passing as he was requested to do extra artistic work than he ought to have been, and it is tough to argue that he’ll change Lucas Biglia on the weekend.
MF Hakan Calhanoglu, four — Worst of the bunch. When he wasn’t shedding his footing, he not often did something constructive with possession and other than a well-struck shot across the hour mark, he did not threaten all through.
MF Giacomo Bonaventura, 5 — Just like Suso, as though he seemed threatening at instances, he by no means delivered that little bit of high quality within the last third that was wanted. In flip, it grew to become a massively irritating night time and he could not have a constructive affect on proceedings out on the left.
FW Patrick Cutrone, 6 — The one participant to essentially impress. Battled laborious all through and confirmed nice willpower and want. As well as, made good runs and had his possibilities however all that was lacking was a objective.
FW Andre Silva, 5 — Whereas he cannot be faulted for dedication and a want to try to make one thing occur, the execution simply wasn’t there from the Portuguese worldwide. Has actually impressed on this competitors to date, however he could not observe it up in opposition to AEK.
FW Nikola Kalinic, 5 — Virtually produced a superb help for Cutrone with a deft flick by means of, however other than that, did not actually change the sample of the sport.
MF Franck Kessie, NR — Apart from conceding a few fouls, there wasn’t sufficient time to rise up to hurry with the sport and affect issues.
MF Fabio Borini, NR — Got here on too late to have an effect. The sport arguably wanted a few of his willpower and urgency earlier on.
Sumeet Paul covers AC Milan for ESPN FC. Observe him on Twitter: @SP_Calcio.