After their enthralling extra-time win over Inter Milan within the cup in midweek, AC Milan struggled to muster the identical stage of depth and dedication however nonetheless earned a hard-fought level in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Fiorentina. Hakan Calhanoglu continued his spectacular current kind off the bench with the all-important equaliser.
Gennaro Gattuso has spoken in current weeks about how the Rossoneri battle to react to a setback. Properly, he obtained the reply he was searching for on Saturday as his aspect hit again instantly and continued to push for a win.
The efficiency lacked any actual fluidity and sustained strain, and so it was a step backwards from Wednesday evening in opposition to Inter. Tiredness maybe performed a component, however Milan should discover that top stage constantly.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
6 — Gattuso’s modifications made the distinction once more, significantly the introduction of Calhanoglu. Nonetheless, he undid that good work with some questionable choices, most notably beginning Riccardo Montolivo and Fabio Borini.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Gianluigi Donnarumma, 7 — Made his 100th look for Milan and proved his class and significance with three nice saves. Left uncovered for Fiorentina’s opener, however was in any other case decisive in an awesome efficiency.
DF Davide Calabria, 6 — Whereas he all the time places in a good shift defensively and provides an choice on the fitting flank, he wants so as to add extra high quality to his sport. Whether or not that is his supply into the field or total affect, he can do extra.
DF Leonardo Bonucci, 5 — A removed from safe show from the captain, and was additionally responsible of a decisive mistake in dropping Giovanni Simeone for the aim. Not ok as he was uncovered on a number of events and made many sloppy errors.
DF Alessio Romagnoli, 5 — Made an actual mess within the incident that led to his reserving, as he was sloppy on the ball and made a rash problem. He was comparatively stable apart from that however it was a drop off from his current shows.
DF Ricardo Rodriguez, 6 — Much like Calabria in that he does his defensive work effectively however whether or not it is the system not serving to him with a scarcity of choices to assist out or only a insecurity to do extra on the left flank, he is too fast to chop again and play a easy cross.
MF Franck Kessie, 5 — It is value noting that tiredness could have been an element as he wasn’t himself right here. Did not actually impose himself on the sport as he normally does together with his physicality and was far too erratic on the ball as he gave away possession on numerous events.
MF Riccardo Montolivo, 5 — Not often appeared to play a decisive ball ahead, and when he did attempt it usually resulted in surrendering possession. Montolivo did have a good spell when he initially got here again into the aspect, however he would not assert himself on proceedings as he too usually floats round with out doing a lot other than sweeping up for others.
MF Giacomo Bonaventura, 5 — Did a good job in midfield when it comes to being tidy in possession and stored Milan ticking as he appeared to make one thing occur. Nonetheless, there was no decisive edge to his play as he did not do an awesome deal to threaten with tiredness an element for him too.
FW Suso, 6 — Not at all one in every of his finest performances, however he all the time appears the more than likely to make one thing occur for Milan. Maybe appeared to by his teammates an excessive amount of, however he did hassle Fiorentina at occasions and was key within the lead as much as the equaliser.
FW Patrick Cutrone, 5 — This sport arguably confirmed that it’s not only a Nikola Kalinic drawback that Milan have up entrance. The frontman all the time appeared to be too remoted and struggles to become involved in opposition to two centre-halves, however the teen nonetheless imposed himself effectively at occasions and made a nuisance of himself.
FW Fabio Borini, four — It isn’t even Borini’s fault that he scores so few as he should not be performed in an attacking position. Followers admire his work ethic and dedication, however he merely would not have the attacking qualities to be efficient within the closing third. Have to be the final time he performs on the left wing.
MF Hakan Calhanoglu, 7 –– Bagged his third Serie A aim of the season to earn an necessary level for his aspect. Will hopefully get a begin sooner moderately than later as he has earned it with spectacular shows off the bench to point out how Milan may be extra of an attacking risk when he is on the pitch.
FW Andre Silva, 6 — There was loads of working and motion off the ball from the Portuguese worldwide as he linked up effectively with Calhanoglu. Equally to his Turkish teammate, must be given a begin quickly.
MF Manuel Locatelli, N/R — Disappointingly solely had two minutes on the pitch. Ought to have began or at the very least changed Montolivo a lot earlier.
Sumeet Paul covers AC Milan for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter: @SP_Calcio.