Player Ratings: AC Milan 1-1 Inter – Tatarusanu crucial again; subs shine

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan extended their unbeaten run as they managed to claim a 1-1 draw against Inter. It was a decent result for the Rossoneri, who conceded two penalties this evening, one of which was saved by Tatarusanu. 

Starting XI

Tatarusanu (7.5 – MOTM): It was another very good display from the goalkeeper who not only saved a penalty (which turned out to be decisive), but he also made several other good stops. Commanding in the air and comfortable with his distribution as well.

Calabria (6.5): It was another solid display from the captain who certainly performed better than mid-week, when he suffered from nausea during the game. Had some good interventions at the back and was an important balance player.

Kjaer (7): The Dane was well-placed once again and he certainly deserves the rating. In truth, the heart of the defence cannot be criticised that much as they got almost everything right. The rest against Porto perhaps helped him as well.

Tomori (7): His pace really does add a whole new dimension to Milan’s defence and this was clear tonight, comparing with prior derbies when Romagnoli has started. Another good performance for sure.

Ballo-Toure (5.5): It wasn’t a good evening for the Senegalese as he caused a penalty with a poor tackle on Darmian. He shouldn’t have been there in the first place, completely mistiming an easy interception. The goal-line clearance saved him a bit.

Tonali (7): He’s a boyhood Milan fan and we saw that on the pitch tonight, as he fought for everything and also handed out a few rough challenges to a certain Calhanoglu. He was crucial with his passing and wasn’t afraid to take the bold option. Got the assist for the own-goal as well.

Kessie (6.5): The Ivorian did well throughout the game and was certainly an important player in the defensive phase, above all when tracking back and closing space. On the other hand, he did cause the first penalty, although it was a strange call.

Diaz (6): He had some good moments but was fairly neutralised by the Inter defence. He wasn’t helped by the fact that the referee set an incredibly high bar, resulting in no free-kicks for the No.10 (even when he should have had them).

Krunic (6.5): It was a pretty average performance from him in terms of the attacking phase. He did, however, do a tremendous job at man-marking Brozovic and this seemed to hurt Inter a lot. It’s not strange that Pioli kept him on for so long as his physical presence really helped.

Leao (6.5): Given that he has been forced to play so many games in a row, we have to be a bit lenient with his rating. He did actually do well for Milan tonight, especially early on when he won several one-on-one battles, creating chances.

Ibrahimovic (6.5): He didn’t get on the scoresheet, as he would have wanted, but he was still an important player for Milan this evening. He won many duels with the defence and locked the ball, as he should, albeit perhaps drifting back too much at times.


Kalulu (7): He came on and really had the confidence to make stuff happen on the left flank. He made a crucial double-block on Vidal and when Rebic came on, he was one of the keys in Milan’s last-gasp fight for the win.

Rebic (7): The Croatian looked good on the ball and also helped continue the press that Milan had a fair bit of success with this evening. He was certainly crucial for the positive spell the Rossoneri had towards the end.

Saelemaekers (7): Much better from the Belgian who frankly was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet tonight. A lovely straight strike from outside the box hit the post. It would’ve been so elusive for him if it had gone in.

Bennacer (6.5): Came on and picked up where Tonali left off, albeit with not the same peaks of quality. Good display though.

Bakayoko (6.5): He did well in distributing the ball and didn’t make any silly mistakes, which he is a bit prone to. Good display.

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  1. Far too high scores on far too many players..The only one who deserved his point was Tatarusanu … What did Milan do during almost the entire match, except for the last 10 minutes? A qualified underperformance is the right epithet …. There was no will or any greater hint of commitment ….. We will forget this match as soon as we can …. A deplorable event …

    1. I agree, may be I looked at a different match. Besides the last 10 min Milan was overclased by Inter who did not confinsed either.

  2. I can’t wait for January and summer . The best day for Milan will be when this lazy overestimated stupid unskilled midfielder go to hell. Hopefully there is copa Africa next year

  3. Kessie was stupid as fuck on the first penalty. What was he thinking running towards our own goal like that?!

    He also missed a sitter in the end in front of an open goal.

    Generous rating for him if you ask me.

      1. no I thought Kessie was being clever to somehow bring down that -whoever, reminded me a bit of what Ramos did on Salah, what was actually Kessie doing at the first place- dribbling towards own dbox against two instead of passing? three touches in making- first in wrong direction, second a disaster and the third looked like an invitation, overconfidence is the reason or having a soft corner for someone or a message on whatsapp maybe? he could’ve scored from close range with keeper alone but can’t even shoot on target, too bad if the manager can’t yet find an alternative.. also I don’t get what the referee did wrong

        1. there was a push on Kessie which didn’t cause him to fall but did cause his attempt to retain the ball to fail, then, not getting the ball and bring down an opponent in box.. could still go either way actually

  4. ”he fought for everything and also handed out a few rough challenges to a certain Calhanoglu ”
    Was a thrilling encounter overall. We played with confidence, especially in the first half and in the last 15 minutes.

  5. Kessie got fouled by Calhanoglu — no way that was a penalty.
    Diaz needs to toughen up.
    Ibra displayed some nice hold up play — looking forward to him and Rebic (now that he’s back healthy) playing together more as they create a lot of danger w/ their combination play.

    1. I don’t know how this is not the main article? How was that ever a penalty to begin with and why is everyone not up in arms about how poor the game is, that something like that is actually given as a penalty? Kessie has a shoulder put through his back, falls because of that contact, and the Inter player just has to run in to him and make a mess of it to get a penalty? How is this just?

      1. What is worse, the VAR people, who have all the time in the world to scrutinize the action, approved the ref’s decision.

  6. Some of these scores are way too generous. It’s okay to admit when our players perform poorly, and to hand out a corresponding score.

  7. I think the few minutes that Kessie played in that playmaker role, he did better than what Krunic did. Kalulu is much better than Ballo-Toure as left back back up player.
    Milan were holding ball with purposeful attack, inter had more purposeful attack than Milan. Forza AC Milan

  8. I really don’t know what Kessie is doing in Milan Starting 11.

    He cost us Champions League group stage qualification with his stupid red card against Athletico.

    Now he just cost us another silly goal against Inter.

    He have not extended his contract, while flirting with all teams with money. He is dreaming and thinking about money.

    Yet the Dumbo coach Pioli will always start Kessie

    Big shame

  9. Pls do not play Toure in these big games he is still has a lot to learn and is simply not ready. Play Kalulu on the left when Theo is out. We are a different team with Theo and Leao on the left each taking turns bombing down the side. Theo was missed tonight. Not sure what Kessie was doing on that play but a PK was a harsh decision seems both players got tangled – but still Kessie should not have put himself in that terrible position. If this game doesn’t show management the need for a starting RW to push Salesmakers nothing will. sign Faivre in January Pls! Diaz looked rusty as expected and I thought Pioli should have given Giroud 20 min for Ibra at end. But all on all happy with the tie. Can’t wait till we play them again with a full healthy team.

    1. Juro, you’re 100% right. Kessie shouldn’t have gotten himself into that position; but PK was a ridiculous call too. Saelemakers did seem more motivated after being benched — hopefully when Florenzi is back to full fitness, he will start and push Alexis to play better. And Kalulu is SO much better than Toure. Bakayoko has also been extremely disappointing. loose passes and doesn’t defend nearly as well as Krunic. At least Krunic has good work rate and actually makes some smart passes.

  10. Only Tata, Tomori and Tonali deserve above average ratings. Krunic also did OK in the defensive part, but showed nothing offensive. The rest was below par and only Lady Luck combined with poor Inter finishing saved the draw. Kjaer was easily the worst out there along with Balo Toure and Kessie, Kjaer was late or made a fool of at least 4 times. All Inter chances involved a mistake of Kjaer, I kindly suggest that whoever gives ratings do the following:

    Whenever the opposition creat an opportunity, write down “Kjaer completly misjudging 28th min”, “Kjaer giving away corner 34th min” etc. And you will soon see that there were MANY errors of Kjaer vs Inter.

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