Player Ratings: AC Milan 1-1 Sampdoria – Hauge comes up big; Theo absolutely shocking

By Isak Möller -

Milan failed to add another three points to their tally this afternoon as Sampdoria clinched one point at San Siro. The Genoa side even took the lead and the Rossoneri had to fight hard for their equaliser. 

Starting XI

Donnarumma (6): He did well for most of the game and once again showed that he has improved a lot with his feet. He couldn’t do anything about the goal as Hernandez put him in a really bad spot to begin with.

Saelemaekers (5): I think most of us were surprised to see the Belgian at right-back this afternoon and pretty quickly it was clear that he shouldn’t be there. His performance wasn’t awful, but he rightfully only got 45 minutes. He also got booked.

Kjaer (6): Solid as per usual at the back and just like with Gigio, you can’t fault him for the goal. The referee didn’t seem to like the Dane as he continued to give cheap free-kicks to Sampdoria, but that’s not the centre-back’s fault.

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Tomori (6): He was about as good as his partner and in the last few weeks, Milan’s problems have not been related to the defence. As long as the attackers struggle to score the defenders’ good outings won’t mean much.

Hernandez (4): An absolute shocker from the Frenchman today as he inexplicably gifted the ball to Quagliarella for the first goal. He also made several wrong decisions on the pitch and it’s a day to forget for him.

Bennacer (5.5): He looked okay for the most part but ultimately struggled to have a big impact on the game. He isn’t expected to be the one to create chances for the team but you would still expect something more.

Kessie (6): Worked extremely hard as usual and won a few important duels towards the end of the game. Helped set up Hauge’s equaliser with a nice pass and also hit the frame of the goal in injury time.

Castillejo (5): Had a few good moments, such as the one which resulted in Samp’s red card, but he didn’t have an impact on the game when going forward. It’s clear he isn’t good enough to take Milan to the next level.

Calhanoglu (5.5): Moved around a lot and did open some spaces throughout the game but ultimately, you would expect more. He’s the No.10 and he should be creating the chances, not just for the final ten minutes but for the whole game.

Krunic (5): Not a great day for the Bosnian as he lost a few duels and also struggled to find his spot in the game. There was a very obvious difference when Rebic came on to replace him in the second half.

Ibrahimovic (5.5): He’s an important presence up front, sure, but he’s offside way too many times and this is starting to hurt the Rossoneri. He mishandled the ball on several occasions today as well and that is not like him.


Kalulu (6): Looked way better than Saelemaekers in the right-back role and he was brave enough to run with the ball on the flank. Had a few decent crosses and his impact on the game was positive.

Tonali (6): As Samp were down to ten men, the youngster was put in charge of the play and did well to pick out his teammates. Also showed off his skills with some quick moves and had a positive impact on the game.

Rebic (5.5): He looked very bright when he came on and looked like the player Milan were missing, but he faded a bit towards the end. Understandable, since Hauge took his spot to the left, but still worth noting.

Hauge (7 -MOTM): Saved the day for Milan with what was a lovely effort, making up for a few failed dribblings prior. He had the guts to take on the opponents today and that was very nice to see. Hopefully, he will get more playing time.

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  1. I got bored myself to this mediocrecy of coaching ability from mr pioli, this kind of situation if we playing againts more lower defensive line opponents are repeated over and over again, he should have a solution for that problem by now but he like didnt do anything

  2. Pioli has a problem and his problem is looking down at a player. Milan should sack this man for crying out loud! I hate ITALIAN coaches.

  3. I had started liking Mister Pioli but in the recent past, he has taken several questionable actions. For eg, I do not understand why Kalulu wasn’t in the starting XI as RB. Playing Saelemaekers as RB is beyond imagination. Similarly, playing Krunic on left instead of Hauge is a clear sign of poor decision making. You selection errors are costing us points as well as demotivating young players.

  4. Good to see an honest appraisal of Ibra, he gets goals but he constantly gives it away, has zero pace (understandably) & his shooting is terrible, but what’s worse is that no-one notices this, especially Pioli, who will play him 100mins every game if fit. Need to tie up Donnarumma before considering renewing Ibra or Calhanoglu

  5. Milan are in danger now. They need to win their home games if they want to end in top 4.
    Milan only have Zlatan who can play FW. I don’t think Milan ever before, only had one FW.
    How did they go for Mandzukic, when they knew he was gone old and there was a big chance that he will get injured. And Zlatan too.
    Why did Pioli not see that coming.
    And why does he not play Kalulu or Hauge when the opportunity is there.
    Pioli is destroying his good work.

  6. In any case I’ve been saying for weeks now about Theo’s inability defensively costing games. Teams.have figured out he’s the weak link and this mistake doesn’t do him any favours.

    Saelemakers didn’t have a bad game. The red did and so Pioli had to take him off fearing second yellow based on how easily the ref was dishing out yellows. Before that we was pretty sprightly down the right. Castelljo on the other hand misplaced so many passes I was surprised he lasted that long on the field. Krunic was invisible. So that means the entire wing at was non existent in the first half which means both Ibra and Calha couldn’t function properly until actual wingers like Rebic and Hauge came on which clearly changed the tempo.

    The one good thing that happened is that the other teams played just as except Inter. It’s clear we’re playing for second at this point.

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