AC Milan got to lift the Trofeo Silvio Berlusconi after beating Monza 6-5 on penalties. The actual game ended 1-1 and there were a few standouts, but also one surprising flop for the Rossoneri this evening.
Maignan (6): He was forced to make a couple of good saves out there tonight and did well with his positioning as always. He was left exposed by a defensive mistake on the goal.
Kalulu (6): He certainly did an okay job at the back and was almost always present when Milan went forward on the right-hand side.
Thiaw (6): He used his strengths to win several duels and he looked very solid overall. In the US we saw him making a few strange mistakes but there was nothing of that tonight. Also converted a pen in the shoot-out.
Tomori (5.5): He played a lot better in the second half but we can’t disregard the fact that he made a huge mistake on the goal. He simply needs to clear that ball and we have seen more and more mistakes like this from him recently. Also converted a pen in the shoot-out.
Hernandez (6): He looked a lot more present this evening and was more up for it, if we can put it that way. He should have had an assist right at the start of the second half with a lovely ball over the top for Leao.
Loftus-Cheek (6.5): One of his best games for Milan since he arrived, that’s for sure. He played to his strengths this evening, getting stuck in and using his physique to protect the ball. He added a lot in attack. Also converted a pen in the shoot-out.
Krunic (6): An okay display from the balancer with some good passing and a few interceptions. But nothing spectacular, although that perhaps isn’t expected from the defensive midfielder.
Reijnders (6.5 – MOTM): Just like Loftus-Cheek, he played to his strengths by moving between the lines and driving forward with the ball, using his skills in tights areas as well. Had one comical moment with a free-kick that almost left the stadium but he was really good apart from that. Also converted a pen in the shoot-out.
Pulisic (6): He had a good one-two with Giroud to win the penalty, which he missed but converted the rebound. His dribbling wasn’t great either and it doesn’t look like the right flank is the right position for him. But the goal was decisive in the end.
Giroud (5): Apart from a few failed attempts, he wasn’t present enough – as has been a theme this pre-season unfortunately. He needs to improve more, even Colombo was more involved in the little time he got.
Leao (5): Surprisingly poor from him this evening. Two big chances missed, one in each half, and in the final 45 has was really out of balance. His shooting on the edge of the box didn’t impress either.
Okafor (N/A): He converted his penalty in the shoot-out but we didn’t see enough to give him a rating.
Chukwueze (N/A): We didn’t see enough to give him a rating.
Colombo (N/A): He converted his penalty in the shoot-out but we didn’t see enough to give him a rating.
Bartesaghi (N/A): We didn’t see enough to give him a rating.