Player Ratings: AC Milan 2-0 Bologna – Leao responds in style; CDK glows

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan managed to get back to winning ways after the 1-1 draw last time out, beating Bologna comfortably this evening by two goals to nil. Several players stood out, including the Rossoneri’s star Rafael Leao. 

Starting XI 

Maignan (6): He really didn’t have much to do this evening (zero shots on target for Bologna) but he was solid with his feet and thus gets a pass.

Calabria (5.5): Disappointing display from the captain as he seemed like the clear weakness for Milan in defence and failed to add much in the attack. In fact, he was quite sloppy in possession.

Kalulu (7): Another very good display from the youngster who continues to be so comfortable on the ball. He won almost all of his challenges this evening as well and truly deserved a clean sheet.

Tomori (6.5): He probably would have gotten the same rating as his colleague if it hasn’t been for a rash challenge that perhaps should have resulted in a penalty for Bologna. Other than that, he was as solid as ever.

Hernandez (6.5): He did well in both phases of the game and it seems he’s starting to find consistency to his game (which is so important these days). Solid, nothing more though.

Bennacer (7): He was the engine for Milan once again and his ability to keep possession even in tight situations really helps the Rossoneri. Maybe he could have got a higher rating, but it wasn’t such a difficult game to command.

Tonali (6.5): Better than the outing we saw against Atalanta as he was more involved in the attacking phase today and also had a few great passes.

Messias (5): The start to the season has been a nightmare for the Brazilian and he really needs to pick himself up. His impact was equal to zero this evening and Saelemaekers proved to be much more involved the little time he got.

De Ketelaere (7.5): He’s exactly what Milan have been waiting for, as evidenced by the first goal which he created all by himself. He has great drive and acceleration when taking on his man and he will clearly be a great resource for Milan this season. He can still improve on his first touch, though.

Leao (8 – MOTM): He responded to the latest media circus in style with a goal and an assist. His finish took a lucky deflection but the cross to Giroud was just wonderful. He would have gotten a higher rating if it hadn’t been for a few poor decisions.

Giroud (7): He battled a lot throughout the game but ultimately didn’t have that many chances. It was a world-class finish from him to double Milan’s lead, it must be said, but he needs to be even more involved sometimes.

Substitutes

Adli (6.5): Promising signs for him as he was clearly eager and did well on the ball. He almost had a goal to show for it.

Pobega (6.5): He certainly passed the midfield tandem test and did really well to clear a ball at the back post late on. Much better compared to the Udinese outing.

Saelemaekers (6.5): Energy and a lot of determination to help Milan in the attacking phase resulted in a good performance from him. He should probably start the next game.

Ballo-Toure (6): From what we saw, decent display with a few glimpses of what he can do at his best.

Gabbia (N/A): He didn’t play enough.

Tags AC Milan Bologna Charles De Ketelaere Olivier Giroud Rafael Leao

83 Comments

  1. CDK was great and to me MOTM. Could have had 3 assists. The 1st goal was all him and the awful Bologna GK. Leao shot was weak.
    Leao besides the Goal and assist , was bad decision after bad decision , bad move after bad move
    Kalulu has overtaken Tomori as the best Milan CB. This kid Is awesome , so calm with his decisions and on the ball
    Sometimes I feel bad about Giroud. He makes the right movement but his teammates often don’t pass him the ball. He rarely misses chances. His teammates (Leao, Messias) need to top being selfish
    The others were fine, even though I feel Tonali hasn’t recovered fully from his injury
    On to Sassuolo
    Forza Milan

    1. I don’t know if the 1st goal is lucky shot or Leao actually trick the GK. If it was the latter then it means good decision.

      1. Mihajlovic stated in his post game interview that based on what he saw, Leao wanted to shoot the ball at the far post but hit the ball badly and went to the near post. At first i thought it was deflected because I couldn’t believe how the GK allowed that to go in. It wasn’t even a powerful shot
        Plus we already know that Leao is a bad finisher
        He needs to hire a shooting coach or something because his shooting is bad

        1. Leao has scored this exact same goal many times before. Fiorentina last season and the fastest goal in in the top 5 leagues against Sassuolo two seasons ago just two examples.

          He knew what he was doing there.

      2. “I don’t know if the 1st goal is lucky shot or Leao actually trick the GK.”

        Everything (angle of the foot, the look, the movement of body etc.) suggests that he was aiming for the bottom corner where the GK would have easily gathered the ball. The shot failed miserably and went in due to that. Thankfully. 🙂

        1. He literally does this kind of shot all the time, he opens himself up and shapes up to hit it across the goal into the far corner and then switches and puts it in his near corner after he has forced the keeper to come across, theres is nothing lucky or failed about it, it was intended and a success.

          1. “theres is nothing lucky or failed about it, it was intended and a success.”

            Yeah, sure… LOL. Just look at the slowmo how he hits the ball with his feet. If that is a successful and intentional hit then I’m the pope. 🙂

          2. Then you are the pope, you have no clue what you are talking about, why do you come into a Milan forum to shit talk the team? you are clearly not a Milan supporter and that weak ass username to troll milan fans dosent work. Strongest team in the league living rent free in rival supporters heads and only 3 games played lol

      3. nno it just some fans bro like he wanted to shoot there if u see he was never looking for the far corner yes he had many other chances but he has done the job there is still to improve but for today its all good

  2. Good rating, but Leao on 8 is too much. He should have had at least one more goal and assist. Poor finishing when alone with Skorupski and should have squared it with 4 Milan-players running towards the goal in the second…

    1. Giroud – our CF – did 100x more defending and was sometimes next to Bennacer(!!!) on our half trying to fight back the ball to us while Leao (LW) was walking/standing at the halfway-line. Even the old man puts way more effort into team play and defending than Leao.

      1. Those are Pioli’s instructions. In non-possession phase Leao remains the furthest players on the pitch to receive long balls on counter attacks.

  3. Agreed, Leao wasn’t amazing overall but made the difference with his goal contributions. Ballo, despite trying hard, seemed to lose the ball or have his cross blocked every time and is lucky to get a pass in my eyes.

  4. Woof way to harsh on Calabria, not his best game but he was not a weakness. Diaz is done. Just having someone who can take a challenge and progress the ball is breath of fresh air. With CDK and Adli even when the attack lacked energy it still looked like it could score. Saelemaekers looked better than Messias but that says nothing. Tonali doesn’t look fit but he played better this game. Rafa worked hard and played well sure he could have gotten more but he took most of his chances well and created opportunities for others too.

  5. Mediocre game tonight
    Ever 2nd pass was a sloppy one, we couldn t create bearly anything against a non-aggresive city break team. Loosing posession after possesion with long balls as well…

    Any 1st or 2nd pot UCL team would have swiped the floor with us
    To many praises after such a poor display. I really hope Pioli recognises this and does something about it

    On the good side, CDK looks more than promising…pure class

    1. Totally dominant performace against a team that many will slip up against, Milan have been nothing but commanding in all of their matches so far, dont know why there are so many new haters coming into this forum, I think a few other teams fans are getting a little scared of us.

  6. Is this guy serious giving Tonali a 6.5??? He did nothing. He was invisible except for the couple times he was giving the ball away and committing fouls. There is literally nothing Tonali can do to get a bad rating here.

  7. great result but the right side is still not really much into attack like in games in like bologna they should have done better messias clear flop and calabria needs to do more he always plays like no mistake but no great contribution he should provide more offensively rafa got goal and assist but has to get better on his decision still has to improve but great still i already believed in cdk ik he got it man and tonali has to recover and u have to note it was a bologna game not a big team lets see how lads perform good result satisfied lets move on btw bennacer and theo are going excellent and giroud is great upfront

  8. Personally think it was a good team performance all round but the ratings are so skewed by outcomes rather than performances – CDK’s assist was welcome but it was mainly due to terrible decisions by Bologna’s back line and Leao was non existent in the press for the majority of the game.

    In the second half, when Salamaekers closed down the right side, every one of Bologna’s attacks started with an easy out ball from Milan’s left due to Leao’s positioning. One reason Hernandez couldn’t contribute as much as he often does was the amount of work he had to put in in the midfield. To be fair, that might be a conscious choice by Pioli, to let Theo and Tonali marshal the flank and save Leao’s energy for attacking, but it felt like a big hole to me.

    Nice to see Pobega and Adli fill in and both put in the required work rate and the game was well managed by Pioli. I thought Calabria was pretty good as a captain, he was breaking the game up in the last 15 mins a lot by tactical fouls, winding up players and making the referee explain every decision, never allowed any sort of flow to put the scoreline at risk.

  9. Actually Milan need to buy a quality a RW this summer, but Elliot only give very limited budget for M Duo. Hopefully, new owner will give a special budget for M Duo in January to strengthen their RW.

  10. I have been saying this Messias is a very very average player, he should not have been bought, he is completely out of his depth ..

  11. “Leao besides the Goal and assist , was bad decision after bad decision”

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Translating: in addition to having done exactly the MOST IMPORTANT thing in a football match, that is to say, a goal and an assist, he did ‘nothing’…

    In other words: we will sell it as soon as possible to Chelsea, who knows for 500,000 euros, or who knows, we could even donate the guy!!! 😀

    You guys kill me with laughter, honestly…

    1. This guys are clowns
      I Usually come here to see some jokes.
      They don’t know that scoring is a rare talent and the most difficult thing to do in the game

    2. Translation for Gre-No-Li, the smartest person on this platform,
      who happens to never have his own original thought or opinion, but comes and only comments under someone’s else comment with just insults :
      “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while “.
      A football game is at least 90 minutes long, Leao today was bad for 88 of them. The previous 2 games he was bad for every minute he was on the field . Even Pioli said he disappears during games. Other ex coaches and players have been saying the same thing.
      But anyway ,I apologize for disrespecting your Idol.
      You have a good day

      1. As long as you score or assist, it literally doesn’t matter what you do for the other 89 minutes. That’s what champions do.

      2. You literally can’t ask for more from a forward than a goal and an assist on any day. Not to mention that those were the only two goals of the game. This wasn’t a 5-0 romp. Leao made the difference. You should put respect on his name.

      3. I don’t think you understand what he is saying. Leao is/was decisive and that is all that matters. Goal and an assist and ppl still $hit on the guy it’s unreal. Can’t wait till we lose him and replace him a player like Messias – then You will all be crying.

      4. Each match, Pippo Inzaghi was bad for 90 minutes and only good for few seconds (when his touch somehow ended up in goal). The rest is history.

        1. Lol yeah this 🤝

          But i don’t think Z and some people here are old enough to remember how Inzaghi plays lol.

          Scoring a goal is everything for a striker because that’s their main job. Outside that, let midfielder, defender, and goalkeeper do their job.

          1. You are comparing Inzaghi who was a poacher , who depended on everyone else to do all the work , set him up just so he can push the ball over the line, with Leao, the “Mvp”, the “superstar”, the best player in Italy.
            No one ever called Inzaghi a great player or considered him for MVP or Ballon d’or. But that inzaghi was visible every game, fighting, scraping, crawling, even caught in offside, and still was scoring more than Leao.
            You comparing apples and oranges.
            Since you are old enough try comparing Leao with a real MVP, Balon D’or winner like Andriy Shevchenko. Check him out.

    1. Bro the dude was right, Leao has quality but dude have been awful and it is getting to other players, he is selfish with dribbling, always makes bad decision, runs only when he feels like and is becoming of less of a team player than last season, he may have a goal and assist today but the overall play is not encouraging and 5hats what will affect his further games and milan games….

      Ronaldo scores the goals but never made juve or united a better team, it is not about one gamez it is about all the games

      1. Kossy: I’m with you on this one.

        Giroud – our CF – did 100x more defending and was sometimes next to Bennacer(!!!) on our half trying to fight back the ball to us while Leao (LW) was walking/standing at the halfway-line. Even the old man puts way more effort into team play and defending than Leao.

        And really… Leao tried to score a goal from 25m out with his weaker foot. Really?! Even Messi can’t do that so why even bother trying? There’s literally 100 better options to be played than that. 😀

  12. All this team really needs a RW to start firing with all pistons.

    A backup CM is also needed but we can get a CM on winter Transfer window.

    CB issue is sorted with Thiaw in.

    A strong performance. What worries me is, Bennacer is holding the midfield all on his own. If he gets injured, we are in for some trouble.

    MM needs to lock him down on a new contract ASAP or else we are surely gonna lose him to Liverpool or M.City with only 50 mil release clause when his valuation is gonna rise to 90 mil by winter if he keeps up this form.

    When both Klopp and Pep likes a player, haggling over 10 cents is a mistake during renewal negotiations.

  13. The Tonali propaganda continues. The guy has been absolutely terrible these last two games and is clearly not match fit. It makes me wonder who does these ratings and if they actually watched the game. Also, waaay too harsh on Calabria, the guy had a really solid game. Man of the match is probably Kalulu.

  14. CDK really opens up new possibilities at Milan.
    his raw strength and perfect passes are so awesome to watch. finally we have the playmaker we need, no need to rely 100% on leao’s dribble
    its really interesting that since CDK are able to pressure up top, tonali doesnt have to work that hard and keep on covering on leao side. midfield becomes more stable
    i feel very bad for messias, cause it seems CDK + Leao will start 99% of the game, and he is behind Saeles, Adli, Diaz at this point

  15. I will say this again, I do not think this dude writing this player ratings watch Milan matches, anybody who watched Milan match vs bologna will understand what I said…..

    #Calabria 5.5 while balo toure 6 ?? How on earth did you write this??
    #Tonali 6.5?? He was the weak link in the midfeild
    #Pobega 6.5?? Seriously? Dude can’t even keep the ball
    #Leao MOTM? Maybe because of the assist and goal but don’t say he answered his critics, dude was awful.

    Man you really failing with your player ratings, seems like you guys have it to someone else to manage, it was always on point last season but this season, since the preseason till now, it kinda obviousbthat whoever write this stuff don’t watch Milan matches.

    Check on that bro

    1. Yes a goal and assist in a match that ended 2-0 automatically makes you MotM.

      But I guess you’re right, that assist to Giroud was truly awful!

    2. Leao did answered his critics with a goal and assist. He also almost set up a third goal. So it’s crazy to say he’s awful just because he doesn’t do more.

  16. Leao did what champions do, won the match for us. How can you criticize him after a goal and an assist?

    Also Calabria played well.

    I’m still hoping for a last minute Ziyech loan deal 🙏

  17. this is Milan… a perfect 10 for pioli

    Never put giroud on the bench because he makes defenders guard him. In addition, Pioli began to entrust his substitute players.

    In the midst of this dense competition, Pioli should not rely on only 11 players. Just look at Theo, Bennacer, Calabria looking exhausted.

    ballo troure was a blunder at first but then got confident. Adli, Sale and Pobega started to play well.

    Pioli has 20 good players and has to optimize them.

  18. Pls get Ziyech on loan we need a RW desperately. Sign Onana too and we are done. Open up the pocket books Redbird/Elliot

  19. “As long as you score or assist, it literally doesn’t matter what you do for the other 89 minutes. That’s what champions do.”

    Exactly! But we are probably wrong and Leão is crap and he should be sold as soon as possible, especially with just a handful of days to go before the transfer window closes.

    1. It’s not about the player itself he is a talent but many factors add to it…we don’t know what’s happening in Milan board room regarding contract situation….all we hear is contract issues are not resolved….did leao received offed earlier NO now we hear Chelsea are offering which I still think is blown out of thin air…..for a cash strapped club like ours milan and with leao contract expiring in 2 years I don’t think he will commend fees which we get right now then next summer…..check milan skrinair he wants renewal inter are playing hard ball knowing if no clubs pays they will tie him up and in leao’s case it’s opposite……either pay the damn money and renew his contract or sell him…don’t repeat previous episodes…..

  20. Let’s not go and start praising leao now every time. In my eyes he was horrible. He got a lucky goal but the assist was nice. But constantly losing the ball, dribbling was poor, touch was horrid. He needs to wake up. CDK and kalulu were the best tonight

  21. I agreed with people above who said what strikers needs to do is “scored a fkin goal”. That is their job. Outside scored a goal is just a bonus either they gave an assist or help with defends.

    Example like Pippo. What he did mostly was run, offside, run, offside, got knocked down, over and over until he scored a goal either by luck or not. He rarely help with defends too. Are you gonna say Pippo is awful or a bad player despite he scored a lot and gave Milan Scudetto, 2x Champions League, Super Europa, and Club World Cup? 🤦‍♂️

    So I disagreed with anyone who said Leao is awful after he scored a goal and assist.

    1. Try comparing Inzaghi with Olivier Giroud , because he is doing all that dirty work Inzaghi was doing.
      Leao doesn’t do any of that .

      1. boi, Leao is a striker and he did his job + assist. His made big presence through out the match that he almost set-up a third goal.

        There’s no reason to called Leao “awful” just because you didn’t see him scoring 5 goals and 10 assists in one match. This is real life, not fvckin video games!

        As for your reply up there, definitely Inzaghi is a great player who acknowledged not just by Milan fans but also by world class manager and footballer. Anyone who think Inzaghi isn’t a great player is stupid and needs to be slap really hard.

        1. You obviously don’t make difference between a striker and a forward.
          Inzaghi and Giroud are strikers, Leao is a forward. He isn’t a striker because he doesn’t wanna do all that dirty work strikers do. Milan tried to make him that but he couldn’t get it. That’s why people are criticizing him because unless he scores , which he doesn’t do often, he doesn’t do anything. This is his 4th season in serie A, he just scored his 24th goal. That’s not a number you wanna brag about
          Inzaghi was absolutely not a great player. He was a good player who was just lucky enough to play on a team with great players.
          There are levels to this thing sir. Shevchenko, Kaka, Ibrahimovic are great players , inzaghi was few levels below. Giroud is Pippo perfect comp. Giroud has won a ton of team silverware but he isn’t, never was ,never will be considered a great player.

          1. Was Gattuso a great player or not?

            I think you have a very limited definition of a great player. Pippo was and still is one of the most prolific scorers in the history of European competitions. There’s a reason he played for great teams, first Juventus and then Milan after we bought him for a shitload of money. He had a job in the team and he was the best in the world in doing that, which was putting the ball in goal.

            Calling him lucky is beyond disrespectful.

          2. Was Gattuso a great player or not?

            I think you have a very limited definition of a great player. Pippo was and still is one of the most prolific scorers in the history of European competitions. There’s a reason he played for great teams, first Juventus and then Milan after we bought him for a ****load of money. He had a job in the team and he was the best in the world in doing that, which was putting the ball in goal.

            Calling him lucky is beyond disrespectful.

          3. Bro, respect the name Pippo!!! He played in a generation of wonderful strikers and the dude stood out in the art. He didn’t just wait for the ball in the 18-yard box. There has not been a complete striker/poacher since Pippo. Go and argue in some other group, Giroud would punch you in the face for comparing him and Pippo in a half-sentence. Please help your self by watching videos of Pippo, just in case you weren’t old enough to watch him score the impossible. Your comparison is embarrassing. Hide you face in shame and enjoy the win.

          4. France won World Cup with Giroud as starter.

            France fails to win any major trophy with Benzema as starter.

            In the end, the result is what matter.

          5. WOW.
            Gattuso is one of my all time favorite players. He is a Milan legend but he WAS NOT A GREAT PLAYER. Dude was a maniac who was just running around pushing and kicking opponents. Literally no on the ball ability. He had a role to play, to be the enforcer. If he played today he would receive a red card every game he plays.
            @Keo you need to compare Inzaghi’s and Giroud team and individual achievements before you get emotional and start talking nonsense. Basically the same numbers. Giroud just wasn’t lucky enough to play with Seedorf, Pirlo , Kaka, Rui Costa ,Shevchenko, Cafu, Zidane, prime Del Piero. At least not until he got to Chelsea.
            Those players were GREAT.
            As Milan fans we all love Pippo and Gattuso but you can’t put GREAT next to their names.

          6. Type all you want Generation-Z, you can’t compare Pippo and Giroud, It is clear you didn’t watch Pippo play, just enjoy your generation of football stars bro, stop trolling, and Leave the legends to wax in glory.

            Reply this when you have a little more than an Alphabet to your name.

          7. @Z
            You’re being semantic. Striker or forward is the same and their job is TO SCORE GOALS.

            I don’t see any reason why Leao needs to do the dirty work when the team already have players who do that job. His stamina should be used for running / dribbling through defensive line to score a goal + assist. If you really watch Milan matches, you should see Pioli gave Leao instructions to keep staying in the front rather than fall back to defends or do some dirty works.

            Leao stats are 28 goals and 22 assist including today and his age is still 23 years old. Not many young striker with his age have that stats + won a top European league. That’s why big clubs like Chelsea, PSG, or Madrid wants him.

            “Inzaghi was absolutely not a great player. He was a good player who was just lucky enough to play on a team with great player”

            Wow this is a serious blasphemy. How come a Milan fans can said that??? Unless he’s not a real Milan fans.

          8. Pirlo was a defensive midfielder than did absolutely no defensive work, no dirty work, nothing. I’m curious as to what you’d have to say about him at the time since you expect Leao, our forward to do dirty work when it is clearly Pioli’s instructions for him to not get involved in that too much and conserve his energy. Often, he remains the furthest player when the other team has possession and it’s Giroud who drops back so that we can send him long balls on the counter.

            I remember he chased his man and won back the ball on one occasion when he was on the wing.

  22. Why insist using 4231 after see how awful our RW like junior , just change to 4321 or 4312 change junior with adili or pobega even lord saladmaker can still play as RMF in 4321/4312. Pioli wake up and see how worst that junior

    1. 4-2-3-1 is just on paper. On the field, the formation is very fluid. With those players on the field, Pioli can easily switch it to 4-3-3, 4-2-2-2, 4-3-2-1, 3-5-2, 3-4-3, or 3-2-2-3. Most of the players are versatile, CDK can even play as Mezzala, Leao was’t originally a LW, even Messias was not a RW before Milan signed him, he was an AM.

  23. This messias guy was so so bad that i can’t wait to see him off the pitch, he over nothing in attack, lose ball, bad decision, never win his drible, run around in defense without help for calabria, basically calabria is playing alone on the right side, and it’s not the only game that messi going like this yet still a starter, incredible

  24. Leao is a lightning rod for most of the Milan fans.
    You have a group that over criticize him and another group that goes overboard with praise.
    I feel the group that nitpicks Leao is the older generation. Fans that have seen true champions wearing Milan jersey. The Maldini’s, Baresi, Van Basten, Gulit, Rijkaard, Weah, Sheva, Kaka, Seedorf, Pirlo, Ibra etc. Champions that showed up every game, every week. They don’t see that in Leao.
    The other group probably grew up on the Suso’s , Niang, El Sharaawy, Montolivo, De sciglio, straight up bums so when they see Leao they think he is some great player.
    Leao is a great athlete, he is not a great player. If he ever understands how to play football he might become a great player.
    Some in the comments said it doesn’t matter that he was bad all game as long as he scored and provided assist. Well that worked vs a bad Bologna team. Where was that champion to be decisive the previous 2 games. You can’t be bad but decisive once or twice a month and invisible the rest of the month and be called a champion, who also wants to be paid as such. You want the big bucks , you need to perform at a champion level every game.
    Some keep saying he is the MVP. That’s a silly popularity award. Last year’s Milan won because as a collective they were the best all year long. Leao got the award because he got hot at the end of the season. But the 1st 2 months of the season Milan best players were Tonali and Brahim, then Ibra was the best for several weeks when he was winning games, after new years Bennacer and Giroud had a period of several weeks where they won big games for Milan, then the defense took over when they kept a clean sheet bunch of games in a row , and at the end it was Leao. So anyone saying that Milan won because of leao is disrespecting every other Milan player.
    Leao mentality is an issue. He doesn’t show up vs the big teams. He doesn’t attack the ball or space, he always waits on the ball. He is 6’2 , among the tallest in the team, have you ever seen him win or even engage in areal duels? He is a forward that doesn’t score much, doesn’t take set pieces or penalties nor he is a threat in the box, during set pieces
    He is the same player he was when he first got to Milan, the only difference is he plays more and has higher confidence. I don’t see much improvement in his movement on the field. Just based on his physical talent he shouldn’t be bellow 20 goals . The guy barely got over 10 last season.
    And Don’t tell me he is still young. Like Pioli said, only in Italy 23,24 year olds are considered young talents, everywhere else it’s 17,18 year old players.
    Big game comes next Saturday will see if the “MVP” is going to show up or be his usual ghost

    1. “Fans that have seen true champions wearing Milan jersey. The Maldini’s, Baresi, Van Basten, Gulit, Rijkaard, Weah, Sheva, Kaka, Seedorf, Pirlo, Ibra etc. Champions that showed up every game, every week. They don’t see that in Leao.”

      THIS!!! We don’t see that in Leao because it’s not there. There is a saying “Class is permanent”. A couple of good displays every now and then with lots of lazy/uninterested displays in between is one thing that keeps Leao ever reaching the level of those legends.

    2. The ZTKo’ text above should be pinned to every article that mentions something about Leao so people would realize the facts. Pure facts.

    3. “ Some in the comments said it doesn’t matter that he was bad all game as long as he scored and provided assist. Well that worked vs a bad Bologna team. Where was that champion to be decisive the previous 2 games. You can’t be bad but decisive once or twice a month and invisible the rest of the month and be called a champion”

      True, but you can’t criticize him in a match that he scored and assisted. Not in THAT match. That’s just stupid. He was bad in the last two matches and deserved criticism, but good in this one and won us the match. Simple.

  25. Messias is garbage. Saele isn’t much better.

    REBIC MUST START AT RW!!!!!!!

    And I’d like to see Florenzi start for Cala or at least at RW.

    I’m very excited about CDK!!!! Wow he’s great. Strong, fast, smart, aggressive, great vision. So mature at his age!!

  26. As others have said, the game is about moments. Leao isn’t Gullit or Savicevic or ‘Kaka, he’s not going to dazzle for 90 minutes, especially at this stage of his career. A goal and assist is an easy 8. These stupid, miserly ratings should be consigned to history.

  27. The Best players don’t need to be inch-perfect or even 1% perfect in any football match; The best players decide the outcomes of games even on their worst days. The fact that Leao has not played up to your expectations this season does not even merit mention. The season is just starting, and his presence on the field and his status as Serie A’s MVP makes him target enough for any opposition, and even in the midst of it he is still able to decide a game. Credit to the lad, he has put in the work till this very day, and any one talking bullocks about him going missing, should also cast their minds to games last season were he also played his heart out against defenses, that sat back, and held us to draws, and in some cases snatched narrow wins from us.

    Would you rather have a Leao that makes the right moves and the finishing from the attackers are lacking??? or a Leao that can decide the outcome of a game even when he is not match fit, or when he is hounded by brutal Serie Defenders. Please guys, cut the kid some slack. Don’t overreach!!

    No need to state the obvious about the RW, as unsatisfied as the club as with Suso’s performances, we never really replaced him. Clearly M & M prioritized AM and went all out or CDK, a talent no doubt, and you can see the difference between him and Diaz already, imagine what more game time can do for him. Sadly from the look of things we are probably going to have to improvise at RW for the rest season.

    Tonali is clearly out of form, but he certainly is better off than Bakayoko or Pobega at the moment, so why are people making too much noise about what can’t be changed. Even Kalulu has topped Tomori for form this season, why is Leao being singled-out for criticism???

    Guys enjoy the win….., and to the newbies on this comment section whining, we see how much you crave attention, this is no video game.

    Great job done by Pioli and his team, we can only continue to improve………. FORZA MILAN!!!

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