Player Ratings: AC Milan 0-1 Benfica – Suso impresses in new role

By Isak Möller -

Despite a good performance overall, AC Milan lost their second game in the International Champions Cup, as Benfica scored a deflected winner in the second half. 

Starting eleven

Donnarumma (7): Made a few really good saves to deny Benfica, one of which was in a one-on-one situation with Rafa, who was shocked by the goalkeeper’s stop. Was replaced after the first 45 minutes. 

Calabria (6): Decent performance from the Italian, making a few runs on the right flank. However, he also misplaced some passes and you could tell that he isn’t really at his peak yet. 

Musacchio (6): Nothing wrong with his performance, but he also didn’t stand out from the rest, hence the rather mediocre grade. 

Romagnoli (6): Same goes for the skipper, who really didn’t put a foot wrong, but still didn’t make anything special when on the ball in the build-up phase. 


Rodriguez (5.5): To tell the truth, he looked very lazy on the pitch. At times, his positioning was awful in defence, and he really didn’t provide anything in attack. 

Calhanoglu (6.5): Played very well, especially in the first half. Managed to link up well with Suso and also hit the post with a stunning effort from distance. He left the pitch in the 64th minute. 

Biglia (6.5): As always with the Argentinian, a very organized performance. Dictated the players in the build-up phase and really helped smoothen the transition from defence to attack. Nearly scored with a great free-kick, which hit the bar. 

Borini (5.5): Wasn’t as bad as the performance against Bayern Munich, but certainly nothing special either. Did do well in the build-up, showing himself on many occasions to help out. 

Suso (7 – MOTM): Was arguably the most creative attacker out there today. Playing behind the strikers, he showed off some lovely through balls, being a constant threat to the opponents. Promising from the Spaniard, let’s see if he stays at the club.  

Castillejo (6): Made a few good runs behind the defence, and nearly scored on one occasion. However, he should’ve been more composed. Bonus points for the hard work. 


Piatek (5.5): Hasn’t really settled in yet in the new formation, it seems. Sometimes drifts out wide, which isn’t where he should be. However, then again, he lacks the service. 


Reina (6): Couldn’t do much about the goal. Did make a few good stops, but he wasn’t put into action as much as Gigio. 

Gabbia (5.5): Caused a free-kick in a dangerous position due to clumsy defending, which affects his ratings. Other than that, he played well, getting the job done. 

Krunic (5.5): Didn’t really add much to the game, lost the ball a few times as well. The game certainly didn’t fit his style, or at least so it seemed. 

Strinic (5): Wasn’t awful by any means, but he really didn’t do himself justice. Never looked promising when on the ball, and he topped it off with a horrible cross in the last seconds of the game. 

Maldini (N/A)

Brescianini (N/A)

Tags AC Milan Benfica Notification


  1. This is an awful rating. Learn how to do a proper assessment. Suso was very far from being impressive. There’s no way he can play behind the strikers hence the reason Piatek lacks the require service. Hakan, Calabria and even Borini played way better.

  2. Suso played well as did Calhanoglu and Castillejo. Borini on the other hand played very well. Working really hard putting pressure on the Benfica players at all times. Reminded me a bit about Gattuso actually. Unfortunately what Borini gives to the team is not appreciated by a lot of fans lacking a proper understanding of the different characteristics that are needed to make a team work effectively. He should definetly not be sold as he will be very important as a substitute but also as a starter when the situation demands it. Give the man the credit he deserves.

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