Player Ratings: AC Milan 1-3 Juventus – Calabria shines in new role but few impress

By Fred Ilondo -

Milan’s undefeated streak came to an end at San Siro in a thrilling game against Juventus. Davide Calabria’s goal was not enough to secure a positive result as the away side scored three. Down below are the player ratings. 

Starting XI

Donnarumma (6.5): Although not directly responsible for any of the goals, he did not have much of an impact in the first half. However, a few crucial saves helped keep his team in the game.

Dalot (6): Despite a few good initiatives offensively, Dalot did not quite stand out in the defensive phase. Can certainly do better based on his previous performances.

Kjaer (6): Kjaer did an impressive job keeping Cristiano Ronaldo quiet throughout the game, a task not many have been able to succeed at. Unfortunately, his dedication was not enough to stop all the attacks which we saw.

Romagnoli (6): Overall, it was a decent performance from the captain, except on the third goal when he was dribbled past. That being said, the defence as a whole could have performed a bit better

Hernandez (5.5): Probably the full-backs worse defensive performance this season. Albeit left alone against Chiesa, the feeling is that he should have done a lot better.

MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 06: Davide Calabria of A.C. Milan battles for possession with Rodrigo Bentancur of Juventus F.C. during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Juventus at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 06, 2021 in Milan, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Calabria (7 – MOTM): Despite playing out of position, the Italian performed remarkably, even scoring the equalizer in the first half. This incredible display proves that Calabria is one of the most in-form players in the squad.

Kessie (6.5): Physical and imposing. Facing an extremely difficult team to defend against, Kessie never once let the opposition overtake him in the midfield.

Castillejo (6): Offensively, the winger did enough to create danger while helping out in defence. Unfortunately, there was a little bit of spark missing from the Spaniard to leave a mark.

Calhanoglu (6.5): Once again the most creative player on the pitch. Hakan was pulling the strings everywhere around the pitch. A solid display despite a couple of wasted opportunities.

Rafael Leao and Hakan Calhanoglu of AC Milan look dejected during the Serie A football match between AC Milan and Juventus FC at San Siro Stadium in Milano Italy, January 6th, 2021. Photo Federico Tardito / Insidefoto federicoxtardito

Hauge (6): A very quiet game from the winger. However, He made a couple of great runs that led to big threats in the first half. However, his second-half performance was quite disappointing.

Leao (6.5): An incredible first half that was unfortunately tainted by a lacklustre second half. The youngster has the potential to do so much better but wasn’t really involved in the last 45.

Substitutes 

Diaz (5.5): Failed to bring some much-needed energy to the attack. However, he should have had a penalty which the referee for some reason didn’t give.

Maldini (6): Though a little too raw to do any significant damage, the 19-year-old showed desire and grit in a desperate situation.

Kalulu (N/A)

Colombo (N/A)

READ MORE: Watch: Calabria equalises for Milan against Juventus with gorgeous shot into top corner

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7 Comments

  1. Lucas says:

    Theo worst game. Calhanoglu man of the match. Hauge to weak to slow. Castillejo decent but not threatening, missed a big opportunity in the beginning of the game. Kessie solid. Dalot solid. Maldini selfish in that chance but impressed me with the use of his left foot.

  2. qwerty says:

    Substitutes.

    Conti? Comes off the bench decently 2nd time in a row.

  3. victor says:

    We lost against the reigning champions. That doesn’t mean that we did not play well. All of the players deserve a higher rating. Perhaps, our forwards showed some hesitation in front of goal.

  4. Kourosh says:

    Romagnoli is a disaster. A 5 for him at best. He’s a ball watcher. He just watches as players glide past him left and right.

    1. Juro says:

      Agreed! Problem is we make basically nothing if we sell him as Roma have a sell on clause (30%) so we would net 15m if we sold for 50m? He has to improve he can be and has shown to be one of the best in Italy but he needs to wake up and get it going or we are in trouble. Roma, Simakan, Theo and Kalulu we are set. Simakan I think will be RB and Kalulu CB when it’s all said and done.

  5. Kashif Chaudhry says:

    Romagnoli was woefully poor. Ive always looked past the regular mistakes and maintained high hopes for him, but the more time that passes the less he seems to be the defender this side needs. His lack of athleticism is becoming a real cause for concern. The way Chiesa effortlessly changed direction on him for that one run through the middle was alarming to say the least. To be left completely flat footed like that by a simple push and run was painful to watch. The thought of him lining up against the good and the great in the Champions League is a frightening prospect. The likes of Theo can improve on their positioning, but our captain is not going to suddenly become the aggressive and agile player Maldini is looking for in 1v1 situations. Il Capitano would do well to do some clever business and move this current captain on in exchange for a younger model in the summer, before the wheels fall off!

  6. Juro says:

    Great effort. Result kind of expected with all the absences. What didn’t help was the play oh Theo and Romagnolli. We all know Theo has to improve in the defensive end ignite10 he wants to be one of the best in the world but what has happened to our capitan? All season he has been poor. So slow. Kajer has been better. Must expect more from our capitan and if he wants to be paid like a top CB. This game also showed our lack of depth compared to a team like Juve. Their subs are all starters and ours are not – couldn’t even field a team of starters today lol. We have a shot at Scudetto of Elliot open up the wallet and spend $ this month to buy Simakan, Kone and Thauvin are must buys if we want real chance to win it – and we can with our chemistry but only if we get necessary help. Forza Milan!!!

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