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Vincenzo Montella’s squad bounced back from their embarrassing weekend loss to Lazio with an impressive 5-1 shellacking on the road in the Europa League versus Austria Wien.

STARTING XI

Donnarumma (6): Comfortable display from the teenage goalkeeper. Distributed well from the back, but looked lost coming out for a ball early in the second half.

Zapata (5.5): At fault for the only goal conceded on the night after losing his man on a corner kick. Otherwise, it was a positive performance from the Colombian.

Bonucci (7): Commanded the defensive line well all evening and helped the team retain possession. Also played several good long balls over the opposing defence.

Romagnoli (6.5): A very comfortable performance from the young Italian defender. Was rarely troubled at the back and combined well with Bonucci to keep possession at the back.

Abate (5.5): An adequate game from the veteran right back. Charged up and down the wing, but needed a better touch on his crosses this evening.

Antonelli (6): A good shift from the experienced defender. Kept pace with his attacker and combined well on the left side of the pitch with Calhanoglu.

Kessie (6): Another strong performance from the Ivorian. Distributed well in the midfield and created the turnover that started the counter attack for Andre Silva’s second goal.

Biglia (6.5): Tidy work from the veteran Argentine midfielder. Kept the ball moving in midfield and rarely if ever placed a bad pass. Contributed to the build-up for Silva’s second goal.

Calhanoglu (10): Outstanding performance from the Turkish international. Opened the scoring with a screamer of a shot into the top right corner, and contributed two assists in the first half. His creativity in midfield was sorely missing in the weekend loss to Lazio. Would have easily been Man of the Match if not for Silva’s hat trick.

Silva (10 – MOTM): Opened his Europa League group stage with a hat trick. Made several excellent runs into the box and nearly finished every opportunity that came his way. An exceptional game from the young Portuguese striker. 

Kalinic (6): A solid shift from the veteran striker. Though he was clearly outshined by Silva, his intelligent runs into the box made it difficult for the Austria Wien defence to keep tabs on either of Milan’s two strikers. Assisted Calhanoglu’s goal. 

SUBSTITUTIONS

Suso (6.5): Scored an absolute gem from 30 yards out with his first touch of the game. Always looked dangerous with the ball at his feet.

Bonaventura (6): Played well in the place of Kessie. Kept the ball moving through the midfield and contributed well going forward.

Musacchio (6): Short but efficient cameo for the Argentine defender. Filled in well for Romagnoli to limit the opposition’s scoring chances.

2 COMMENTS

  1. We were too good tonight. We hope the little chance our coach have with our team he will continue to use the rightful players. We told him this but he never wanted to listen to us.

    • I hope so too.. I think montella is just too sympathetic. He wants to bring out something from players who lack quality and have nothing to offer (montolivo, borini, Calabria and the consistent use of niang before he left). We lost to lazio cos he fielded a far inferior 1st eleven and it went worse due to his slow response to bad situation as he should have made at least 2 subs at half time to improve the dynamics of the game. Let’s just hope he continues to field the right players, he begins to use Andre and Kalinic more often cos I don’t see any point in benching 65Mil worth of strike force.

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