Player Ratings: AC Milan 2-0 Salernitana – Saelemaekers finally scores; Diaz struggles

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan got the job done this evening as they managed to beat Salernitana by two goals to nil. A few players stood out although it was a very average performance overall. Down below are the ratings of the Rossoneri. 

Starting XI

Maignan (6): He didn’t have much to do this evening as Salernitana barely created anything throughout the game, with a mere two shots on target. He did have a shaky moment towards the end but fortunately, it didn’t result in a goal.

Florenzi (7): He’s probably Milan’s best right-back in terms of passing, which isn’t strange as he’s played a lot as a midfielder. He was important this evening when he burst forward, often finding himself in good positions and he had more than one good cross.

Tomori (6.5): He got the job done and didn’t have much more to show for it. He and Romagnoli did well in the build-up phase and they were very comfortable overall. The Englishman, of course, should start on Tuesday.

Romagnoli (6.5): As said, he teamed up well with Tomori and he won several aerial duels this evening. Then again, as goes for all of the defenders, Salernitana don’t exactly have the strongest attackers.

Hernandez (7): Just like Florenzi, he was able to find a lot of space when moving forward and this really troubled the Salernitana defence. He didn’t get an assist or a goal but it was still very good.

Bakayoko (6): It always feels risky when he’s on the ball, or at least when he’s committing a pass. We saw it against Sassuolo and we saw a few dodgy balls today as well. He got carded early for a stamp and that forced Pioli to take him off.

Kessie (7.5): He opened the scoring with a low-driven finish and he could have got a second as well, sending the volley just a tad wide. He did very well in the build-up and was a resource all over the pitch.

Franck Kessie of AC Milan

Saelemaekers (7.5 – MOTM): He finally got his goal and it was a beautiful one as well, curling it past the goalkeeper with his left foot. He moved to the left-wing in the second half and was always active, opening space and creating space for himself when needed.

Diaz (6): He did so well on a few occasions but he simply missed too many chances this evening. He even had an open goal towards the end of the second half and still, somehow, sent it wide. His runs don’t help him if he can’t find the finish.

Leao (7): He was mesmerising at times in the first half as he was able to find his way through the Salernitana defence with ease. He got the assist for the first goal and came close to getting one himself. He was taken off at HT to get rest.

Pellegri (N/A): He went down injured very early and was subbed off in the 15th minute. It’s a big blow for him and also for Milan, who now only have Zlatan Ibrahimovic to rely on up front.


Krunic (6.5): Despite playing out of position (as the striker), he did well especially in the link-up play with his teammates. He perhaps should’ve done better on one occasion but the goalkeeper saved his effort well.

Bennacer (6.5): Calm and composed on the ball, which is what you would expect from him. Had a wonderful through ball for Diaz but the latter, as already discussed, didn’t have his shooting boots on.

Messias (6): We didn’t see that much of him, frankly, but he looked decent when on the ball.

Ballo-Toure (6): He did well off the bench but had a weird position most of the time (but probably per Pioli’s instructions), as he was almost playing as a left-winger.

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

READ MORE – AC Milan 2-0 Salernitana: Comfortable win for the Rossoneri as Kessie and Saelemaekers score

Tags AC Milan Alexis Saelemaekers Brahim Diaz Franck Kessie Salernitana


  1. I’m buy no means impressed, for me it was a shitty display from Leoa we could have been 6 to 7 nill up by half time but he kept on squandering chance after chance and we’d need those goal as we go on. I was so furious during the first half the game could have turned bad in the second half.

  2. To me it was a poor match by Milan looking at the standard of the team they were playing.
    Milan players are just wasting chances after chances. These are games we should be winning by 4, 5 goals.
    Once again Bakayoko show how low in quality he is, if he can’t preform agaisnt teams like this, I wonder what usefulness he has, Even Saelemaekers as worst as he is, played well today to some extend.
    Milan need better young and useful striker and RW

  3. Look at Inter hammering Roma 3-0 HT and we couldn’t win by 6 to 7 goals against a weak team Leoa and other were wasting chance as if goal difference doesn’t matter

  4. I find it odd that every game a player got injured, like wtf is going on. When is management going to do something about that. We would be far ahead if it wasn’t for injuries.

  5. I think it’s imperative that we sign a mid (Kamara, Sanches) in January. We cannot rely on Bakayoko to start. At best he’s a bench player brought on to protect a lead. Second, we likely need to bring in another striker on loan at the very least, Pellegri hurt (not surprising lol) and offered zero even when he was healthy – which I’m not sure ever happened. I pray we can sign Vlahovic in summer and end this constant cycle of lack of a guaranteed healthy striker. He’s worth the 60-70M without question. Of course now a CB is a priority – unless Pioli trusts Kalulu to start with Tomori – as I don’t believe Gabbia is the answer and Romagnoli hasn’t showed it either against bigger teams – and believes Calabria/Florenzi can handle RB. Milenkovic (@ 15M) is very reasonable and is a very solid CB for now and the future or Bremer (but it would likely take us sacrificing Poegba to get him – as Torino desperately want Poegba and likely won’t do us any favors as too many other teams also want Bremer). I would still hope we can sign Faivre in January – even if we leave him on loan for the rest of the season at Brest. Now what are the chances we do any of this in January? Likely zero lol. But I think we will at least get a CB….we will see which one it is

    1. It is indeed imperative to sign a CB in winter if we really want to win scudetto this year. We cannot rely on either Gabbia or Romagnoli, and if something happened to Tomori (God forbid) we would be in a terrible mess. It would be greatly disappointing if Inter win Scudetto again given that they lost so many key players last summer. To beat them in the race we will need to be consistent, and for that we would need to somehow overcome the injury crisis that has been hitting us hard.

  6. Brahim rating too low and Leao too high. It should be his chance but he doesnt score, thats why Diaz tries too even if he should assist mostly.

    Get Kamara, Belotti and Nketiah for free. Pay for Sanches. Bremer too, if possible.

    Get rid of Bakayoko. Wait on Messias.
    Tuesdays the day. We will either get big bucks to build a team for next 3 years -as above- or we need to get by and loose Kessie in summer to team which can win sth in Europe.

  7. Milan is playing like they don’t need today’s match,they lost so many chances. We play with a buttom team a weaking team as for me Milan surpose to score like 5 goal

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