Player Ratings: Celtic 1-3 AC Milan – Several players impress but one man stands out

By Ahmed Bdair -

The Rossoneri kicked off their Europa League group stage campaign with a 3-1 win against Scottish champions Celtic, extending their unbeaten run to 21 games in all competitions. Down below are the player ratings. 

STARTING XI

Donnarumma (6): Completely untroubled for much of the game with Celtic only having one real chance and that being their only goal.

Dalot (6): Positive debut from the Manchester United loanee. Lost the ball quite a bit, but overall looked fine in the flow of the game and will no doubt see improvement as he gets more game time.

Kjaer (7): Reliable as ever, the experienced centre-back continues his impressive run of form having started every game this season.

Romagnoli (7.5): Good performance from the captain in his second game back from injury, fairly untroubled defensively and completed all of his long balls.

Hernandez (7.5): Excellent defensive performance from the electric full-back as he bounced back from an uncharacteristically poor performance in the derby at the weekend.

Kessie (8 – MOTM): The anchor in midfield, as usual, winning the ball back consistently in every way. Completely ruined any rhythm Celtic tried to build up.

Tonali (5.5): A poor performance from the young Italian, lazily gave away the ball several times early on and lost his man for Celtic’s corner goal.

Castillejo (7):  Provided the assist to Krunic’s opener and was generally very good on the ball. Very rarely gave it away and was near perfect with his passing.

Krunic (7.5): One of the Bosnian’s best performances in a Milan shirt, scoring his first goal for the club to open the scoring with a great header. He also continuously carried the ball in transition effectively.

Brahim Diaz (7.5): Grabbed his second goal of the season with a delightful dribble to get the Celtic defender on his heels and then slot it in the bottom corner. Good performance overall.

Ibrahimovic (6): Solid performance from the talisman, linked up possession well and played the pass to Theo just before the second goal.

SUBSTITUTES

Bennacer (6): Came on for his usual midfield partner Kessie and helped close out the game. Did well in a tight situation to get the ball out and find Saelemaekers just before the third goal.

Leao (6): Came on for Zlatan and wasn’t able to get too involved in the game as Celtic pushed to stay in the game.

Saelemaekers (N/A): Came on for Castillejo and provided the assist for the third goal to put the game out of reach.

Hauge (N/A): Came on for Brahim Diaz and scored his first goal for the club to ice the game in stoppage time.

READ MORE: Pioli claims Milan ‘are not a normal team’ after Celtic win as he pinpoints where it ‘all changed’

Tags AC Milan Celtic Franck Kessie Stefano Pioli

3 Comments

  1. Lucas says:

    TONALI is lacking confidence. If he gets the confidence then bennacer and kessie have competition but for now I don’t even see half of the player I saw last season

  2. Nanda says:

    I dont agree with krunic , he’s played like sh**. And safe because his lucky goal. I dont understand why pioli takes him for the starter.

  3. victor says:

    I am not so enthusiastic. The first half was OK but in the second half, we let our opponents dictate the game most of the time. It is not the first time that when Milan are ahead, they lose their grip on the game.

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