Player Ratings: Genoa 0-3 AC Milan – Messias crucial again; Maignan shines

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan bounced back from two consecutive league defeats with an important 3-0 win away at Genoa this evening. Junior Messias was the big hero with a brace and you can take a look at the player ratings below. 

Starting XI

Maignan (7.5): He made two high-quality saves to preserve the clean sheet for the Rossoneri this evening and it’s safe to say he got revenge from the Sassuolo loss. Having him back between the sticks feels very good.

Kalulu (7): It was another good performance from the Frenchman who wasn’t afraid to get forward when playing on the right. He was then moved to CB, as Gabbia came off for the second half, and he did just as well there.

Kjaer (N/A): He was taken off with an injury after just five minutes and it looked very serious, as he was stretchered off the pitch. Most likely, he will miss the game against Liverpool next week which is a blow.

Tomori (7): He used his pace to win several duels and he made an acrobatic clearance to keep Milan from conceding. Just like with Maignan, it feels good to have the Englishman back in the heart of the defence.

Hernandez (7): He was involved in the third goal, sending the ball into the box, and it was a good performance from him overall. He almost got a goal himself in the final minutes after a nice run into the box.

Tonali (6.5): He fought hard and won back the ball more than a few times, but also caused some fouls. Not a bad performance, by all means, but the truth is the inner midfielders of Milan weren’t really tested that much.

Kessie (6.5): Just like his colleague, he did well and got the job done this evening. It wasn’t much more, though, which is why the rating isn’t higher. But as said, they both did well to balance the game.

Messias (8 – MOTM): He certainly got off to a rough start this season but the situation has completely turned, following the goal against Atletico up with a brace tonight. He was composed and smart on the ball, making things very difficult for Saelemaekers.

Diaz (6.5): There were a few occasions when he was outmuscled but he also had some lovely runs into the box, though lacking the final touch. However, he didn’t lack it when he assisted Messias’ second goal.

Krunic (6.5): It’s clear that his importance is tactical and not so much what he adds in the attack. He was involved in both of Messias’ goals, though, opening up space for Theo with a lovely backheel flick on the second.

Ibrahimovic (7.5): He dropped down a lot which, at times, was frustrating but most of the time it worked like a charm. He opened the scoring with that lovely free-kick and was very important in attack this evening.


Gabbia (6.5): He came on to replace Kjaer and did well at the back, even though he was booked. Surprisingly, he was taken off at half-time, perhaps because of the booking.

Florenzi (6): We didn’t see a huge amount of him but he was very secure in his passing and added balance to the team.

Pellegri (6): He worked hard and added some pressing to the attack when he came on. No big chances, though, except Theo’s chance in the final minutes which almost landed at his feet.

Saelemaekers (N/A): He didn’t play enough to get a rating.

Bakayoko (N/A): He didn’t play enough to get a rating.

READ MORE – Genoa 0-3 AC Milan: Messias continues fantastic form as Rossoneri return to winning ways

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  1. For the love of God, another injury. What the hell is going on this season!!!!!!!! Someone needs a serious word with the strength & conditioning team there. This is ridiculous.

  2. Brahim and Theo are still struggling to find their pre-covid form. And without Rebic and Leao, that killer attacking instinct is lacking. Messias is doing great, but just imagine when both our flanks and our center are at 100%… That would be a marvel to behold.

    I’m heartbroken about Kjaer but still thank our lucky stars we have Kalulu.

  3. Pellegri’s feet barely touched the ball. Asides from those goals Messias was a ghost in the match. My man of the match would be Tomori or Diaz…..❤️🖤

    1. Diaz seems to be returning to his pre COVID form. Really wish he had scored when he dribbled past all the defenders. Would love to see if he scores again against Liverpool and this time for the win

    2. You clearly didn’t watch the match Messias was involved throughout. He drew numerous fouls, had several dangerous passes, tracked back and really played a complete game.

  4. Tomori brought STABILITY back to the team, Mike brought back the CONFIDENCE that was fading and Messias brought back HOPE as we can somehow believe again! Forza MILAN ❤️🖤

    1. Well said..

      How I wish Kjaer, Tomori will pair.

      As we have Messias and Leao on the flanks.

      I think Krunic does some unseen magic in games.

      He is the reader and utility player in the team.

  5. Yeah.Messias>Saelaemakers. He offers attack FROM RW that we have been lacking. Kalulu is a very good player and I think he should start that Liverpool game,Gabbia is too slow.
    Diaz was decent but COVID slowed his form. We need to to keep Tomori fit for sure, easily our best CB. Good to see Leao rested,he has been tired in the last few games.

  6. Diaz seems to be returning to his pre COVID form. Really wish he had scored when he dribbled past all the defenders. Would love to see if he scores again against Liverpool and this time for the win

  7. Messias has been more decisive in a couple games than Saelemaekers the entire season up to this point. Messias should start from now on. Tomori a beast. I liked Díaz tonight, he’s not in top form yet but I finally saw flashes of how influential he can be. Also, new assist today for Yacine Adli!!

    1. Entire season you said????

      No pls.

      Messi as is so far more decisive that the full career of Saelemakers in Milan.

      Yet Pioli believe so much in Saelemakers. Who to me is just a player for substitution into a match when you need fresh legs and runners not footballers

  8. Why is the Pioli still using bakayoko that guy is not in anyway good for Milan, Saelemaekers will play for Milan I see a good thing coming out of him soon, messias pls keep the good work going thank for making happy today AC Milan

    1. Bakayoko is a time bomb, ticking to explode soon.

      He has shown a bit against Sassuolo.
      He can come in when we are two goals up, 15 mins to end of the match.

  9. Under the radar player who rarely gets any praise is Kalulu. His versatility and overall play has been excellent considering his age and lack of playing time. Definitely our RB of the future (And no disrespect to Calabria who has been solid this season). Tomori is on another level. Messias great game. Hope he can continue this way. Should be the starter at RW moving forward w Salesmakers off the bench. Bakayoko is fine as backup when we are defending a lead or start against small teams – but we really should bring in Kamara in January if we can – don’t think we can rely on Bakayoko and Tonali to hold down until Kessie and Bennacer return from AFCON – and could use a backup striker (Pellegri is non-existent). Tomori, Kajer, Mike and Tonali are the pillars of our team. They are essential and are always consistent.

  10. Saelemaekers is good but still young, inexperienced so you can’t compare him with Messias. I think if Messias is fit enough, he should start the coming games esp against Liverpool then Saelemaekers can be a sub.
    Leao Diaz Messias
    With the right approach and mentality, they’d be joy to watch.

  11. Too much criticism of Saelemaekers here in a game he didn’t even play. Messias scored two but it was a game Milan were well on top in – it’s great to have both options; Messias more clinical and a forward threat but Alexis is a super hard worker and a great option to have in tighter games.

    Instead of one or the other and focusing on the weaknesses, look at the strengths each brings.

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