Player Ratings: Lazio 3-0 AC Milan – Saelemaekers only positive; another Tomori error

By Isak Möller -

Milan suffered a heavy defeat away at Lazio this evening, conceding three goals at Stadio Olimpico and subsequently losing their spot in the top four. Down below are the player ratings of the Rossoneri. 

Starting XI

Donnarumma (5.5): You can’t blame him too much for the goals conceded as his defender left him for dead on all of them. He also made a few stops to keep Milan in the game early on.

Calabria (5.5): He was solid throughout the game, taken off after 69 minutes, and added some spark when going forward. He often beat his opponents and was solid at the back as you would expect, but nothing spectacular.

Kjaer (5): Not the best of days for the Dane with three goals conceded. He struggled with the Lazio strikers all game and was out of position on a few occasions. Not horrendous but he can do better.

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Tomori (4.5): For the third consecutive game, the Chelsea loanee made a costly mistake as he lost the duel with Correa on the second goal. Although we all know his quality, the recent habit is indeed worrying.

Hernandez (5): He tried very hard all game and he wasn’t really at fault for anything at the back, bar a few dubious decisions perhaps. Broke the lines with his runs forward but also lacked a bit of composure.

Bennacer (4.5): Not a good game for the Algerian, who continues to struggle in the midfield tandem. He lost the ball several times and when he did do something good, he misplaced the following pass. Very frustrating for him yet again.

Kessie (5.5): Solid in the defensive phase and had to cover a lot of ground today as Lazio were allowed far too much space behind the midfield and defence. He was also heavily involved in attack and his importance is undisputed.

Saelemaekers (6 – MOTM): Milan’s best player on the pitch by far and it came as a bit of a surprise when Pioli took him off after 63 minutes. He was creative in the attacking phase, moving all over the pitch, and linked up well with his teammates. He should’ve tried his luck himself more, though, instead of passing.

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Calhanoglu (5): He’s always involved in the chances created but it wasn’t his day, as he missed a few solid opportunities for the Rossoneri. Then again, he also creates a lot, which is why his rating isn’t lower.

Rebic (5): A very meh performance, with a negative taste as he also could have done better on a few occasions. You can’t demand much more given the balls he got to work with, but still.

Mandzukic (5): It’s the same as Rebic, really, as he did have a few chances to score but didn’t have luck on his side. He had one clear-cut chance in the 63 minutes he played and you just feel Milan should have found him more.

Substitutes

Diaz (5): Half-decent off the bench as he tried to energise the attack and had some success in his moves. But nothing more, unfortunately.

Leao (N/A): We didn’t see enough of him to give a rating.

Tonali (5.5): The youngster has more or less always done well off the bench and he was decent today as well. But it wasn’t the kind of game where he could make a difference.

Dalot (5.5): Bright off the bench as he beat his man on a few occasions when going forward, creating a few dangerous chances.

Romagnoli (N/A): We didn’t see enough of him to give a rating.

READ MORE – Lazio 3-0 AC Milan: Correa and Immobile haunt the Rossoneri again as Pioli’s men suffer dire loss

Tags AC Milan Alexis Saelemaekers Fikayo Tomori Lazio Serie A

13 Comments

  1. Aaditya Verma says:

    Didn’t play hauge when rebic wasn’t performing they were simply frustrating to watch, they drive centrally eventhough know that Lazio were defending centrally buildup was slow at times and hakan was the only creative aspect and now the hopes of top 4 have ended. Well played Milan.

    1. Zoro Caloro says:

      Pioli is scared, refuses to change even though it’s been failing for months. We got lucky v. Genoa, choked v sassuolo, and got dominated v lazio, seems like its getting worse imo. No way we get top 4 now especially given our fixtures ahead. We’re done, incredibly sad, but true.

      1. Modou sowe says:

        To me thing mr pioli lack the ideas of playing football ⚽ how on earth you a goal changing forward to a defender what are you defending I totally hate pioli and his boards members I can’t believe that why still Hauge and Diaz doing in that bench is Hauge bought for decoration at Milan or to play football

  2. Soheil says:

    Lol you can’t blame Donna but we can! Both goal gis mistakes. He should earn 800k not 8m

  3. Jj says:

    Bad time to start Mandzukic. He clearly doesn’t understand the system/movements and Milan were basically playing with 10 most of the match.
    I’ve been saying for a while now when I see Theo start I dread it. Teams have figured out to attack his flank on the counter. Plus he was horrible defensively even in possession.
    Tomori has a weakness and it’s his left. He doesn’t move as fast enough to cover that side. We saw that vs Sassuolo too. With Romagnoli being left footed, its prob best to have Romagnoli-Tomori as the pairing
    I’m glad we got knocked off of our 2nd place perch. We’ve been too complacent like 2nd was our birthright. I just hope there’s enough games to save the season.

  4. Remyp says:

    We still have a few games but we must sack pioli first, maybe it cant make a lot of difference in the technical area but hopefully it will boost the morale and the mentality of the players even is just for temporary till the end of the season, pioli is finished, he cant do anything at all

    1. qwerty says:

      Sacking any manager at the critical point of the season is just dumb. Moreover that would definitely only lower the team’s morale.

  5. SamsonNite says:

    Failure to Maldini and Pioli. They did some amazing work in the first half of the season, but they failed to strengthen the square. They thought they could once again be lucky to bet on old and cheap players. Now the champions league spots is disappearing in front of our eye’s.

  6. Zoro Caloro says:

    Better ratings overall. Best pairings this season have been Kjaer-Gabbia and Romagnoli-Tomori. Need to run that imo. Orrrrrr just change to a 3-4-1-2 to benefit the entire team. What do we have to lose? We’re already playing awful, gotta shake it up now. We literally have fallen from 1st to fifth… crazy

  7. rain says:

    i really miss last year good performance that bring milan to the top

  8. USC says:

    Are we surprised? All of the data was screaming that the team was due for massive regression. The only question was when it would happen. Even if we look at the highest of the high level data, goal difference, the club’s position in the table directly correlates to it.

    This squad is not a player away. It’s at least three. And a flexible tactical setup with actual squad balance.

    We have three left wingers and a black hole on the right wing. Our top two strikers have an average age of 37.

    On the Tomori front, people jumped to massive, massive conclusions based on a small sample size. It was that small sample size fallacy that led people to believe that Piatek was the second coming of Van Basten. The simple truth is that players with less film on them have the advantage because opponents cannot plan for them tactically. More film equals more planning. Sports is about adjustments and counter adjustments. Our staff seemed to forget that.

  9. fx hndri says:

    bye bye ucl…..it is sad that milan ends the season like this……promising at the beginning and then disastrous flopping at the second half…..it is clearly that pioli is wasting hauge, imo milan should let go donnarumma-he is not good as everyone claimed….

  10. ZXCVBN says:

    Since the super league announcement,Milan have been playing even worse.I dont what Milan were thinking announcing about ESL at such a crucial stage of the season.Gazidis should be sacked for this.

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