Player Ratings: Inter 2-1 AC Milan – Ibrahimovic the culprit; new signing disastrous

By Isak Möller -

Milan got off to a good start in the derby against Inter as Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring. However, the Swede was sent off in the second half and the Nerazzurri eventually turned the game around, winning 2-1. 

Tatarusanu (7.5 – MOTM): Despite not getting a lot of playing time, the Romanian did the best job he could do, filling in for the suspended Gigio Donnarumma between the sticks. Made several fantastic stops and is inarguably the Rossoneri’s MOTM.

Dalot (6.5): The Man Utd loanee worked very hard in defensive and was only beaten a few times, while recovering on the other occasions. Not spectacular by any means, but encouraging in what was a very tough second half.

Kjaer (N/A): Started the game relatively well, although he was booked early, but then had to leave the pitch with an injury. The new signing Fikayo Tomori came on to replace him after just 20 minutes.

Romagnoli (7): It isn’t usually the case in the derbies, but the captain put in a very good performance at the back. Can’t really fault him for any of the goals and it’s a shame that they didn’t get a better result for their display.

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Hernandez (6.5): Although it is to be expected in bigger games, we didn’t see much of his towering runs down the left-hand side and he didn’t have a huge impact on the game. Solid defensively, though, in a tough situation.

 

Meite (5): Not a good game for the Frenchman even though he, rather luckily, got the assist for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opener. Lost the ball several times and almost gifted a goal to the Nerazzurri, before committing the foul that led to Inter’s winner.

Kessie (7): Worked extremely hard for the entire game and played on despite some physical struggles. He was solid in his passing and also covered a lot of areas, crucial especially when Milan went down to ten men.

Saelemaekers (6.5): Tireless as always and showed why Milan need him in both phases of the game. Obviously, he devoted a lot of time to defending in the second half but looked very encouraging in the first half.

Diaz (6): The Spaniard was taken off in the 60th minute due to Ibrahimovic’s red card and that was a shame, as he had a decent start to the game. Is starting to look a lot stronger on the ball and that is indeed positive.

Leao (6): Yet another bright start from the Portuguese but then he faded as the game went on. It’s hard to make an exact judgement on that, though, as he had to defend with the rest of his nine teammates.

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Ibrahimovic (5.5): He may have scored the Rossoneri’s only goal with a lovely effort, but he also ruined the game for them with a silly foul. Perhaps you could argue a second yellow was tough, but it was clumsy defending nevertheless.

Substitutes

Tomori (6.5): Good debut for the Chelsea loanee, who showed his pace and strength in many duels. Made several good blocks and interceptions, though he was a bit rash in some situations. Definitely a positive display, it must be said.

Rebic (6): Came on and did his best to help the team, pressing the Nerazzuri defence and trying to make something out of very little. You can’t really fault him, he did what was possible under the circumstances.

Castillejo (N/A): Was subbed on in the 85th minute and we didn’t see enough to give him a rating.

Krunic (N/A): Was subbed on in the 85th minute and we didn’t see enough to give him a rating.

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12 Comments

  1. JJ says:

    How can Tatarusanu be MOTM when he could have dived to save that winning goal. Clearly Grigio would have been able to save that so his card actually costed Milan than we would like to admit

  2. Kash says:

    Meite, Dalot, Diaz. Don’t cut the mustard!

    1. Emanuel Galdes says:

      Hasty comment yours. A bunch of those guys are on the make and Diaz is much better than you are giving him credit for.

  3. Joe101 says:

    Meite is a joke

    1. Sila says:

      He needs time. First game in his position against Inter is not easy 🙂

  4. Kourosh says:

    My God Meite is a disaster. If someone’s gonna make mistakes I rather them be our own Tonali or Krunic. Send him back.

  5. Rosso says:

    What about silly penalty from Leao?

    1. Emanuel Galdes says:

      That’s not Leao’s job or strength. The man is a dribbled, runner, passer, attacker and scorer. So he made a defensive mistake- yeah, sure, big deal. All he has to learn is to continue to stay out of our square. Ain’t his place or job.

  6. Ab Johnson says:

    Miete is not a footballer he is as good as nothing can’t hold on to ball when in possession, couldn’t make a spectacular takle or defending, what a waste he is. Please Mr pioli don’t ruin the hard work of our beloved players that have fought so hard to take us to this position by using miete again. The same mistake Mr pioli made against Atalanta that caused us a vital 3points. We are just good in his absence please.

  7. Rivera says:

    Another ACM shame and disaster
    The players just don’t believe they can beat the big teams
    Simple as that!

    1. Emanuel Galdes says:

      Disagree. Until Ibra was red-carded, Inter were in arrears. If you want to see what A.C. is up to, hang on for the league match vs Inter. I’ve followed A.C. since the 60s and the order of importance for the team were always the champions, league and coppa. In that order. They could have won the coppa 10 times under Berlusconi had they really wanted with a team that could have won the world cup for Italy on their own. If they won the coops 2, 3 times in that time, it was a lot. It simply is not a cup A.C. give much of a thought to. So relax.

  8. Cage says:

    Meite really needs sometime to gel with the team. This was how kessie started, and today kessie is one of our best players.

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