Player Ratings: Venezia 0-3 AC Milan – Theo flawless; Leao productive again

By Fred Ilondo -

AC Milan managed to beat Venezia by three goals to nil this afternoon and just like against Roma, Theo Hernandez was one of the key players. He wasn’t the only one who impressed, though, and down below are the ratings. 

Starting XI

Maignan (6.5): He didn’t have much to do but when called upon, he always looked sharp and focused.

Florenzi (6.5): Despite a couple of questionable plays throughout the game, he was solid overall. Florenzi is slowly finding his rhythm with this squad and this game was another proof of that.

Gabbia (6): Though sloppy at times and displaying a serious lack of composure, Gabbia did enough to keep the defence solid throughout the game.

Kalulu (7): Another clean and outstanding performance from the young defender who keeps proving why he belongs in this squad and that he can be trusted even in difficult situations.

Hernandez (9 – MOTM): A flawless display from this afternoon’s captain. His distribution was always on point, his defensive contribution was crucial and offensively, he was deadly as proven by his brace in the second half. Brilliant all around.

Bakayoko (6.5): His presence in the midfield was essential. His contribution to the build-up and defence helped the team keep some stability throughout the game. A decent performance overall.

Tonali (7.5): An amazing display by the young midfielder as he continues to impress with his grit, technique and sharpness around the field. Tonali was the heart of the midfield as he controlled the rhythm of the game and bailed out the defence on countless occasions.

Saelemaekers (5): Sloppy and totally unreliable. Alexis Saelemaekers was one of the few Milan players tonight who failed to leave a mark on the game. A performance to forget.

Diaz (5.5): Brahim, once again, had no impact on the game. He struggled to compete physically in the midfield as he often does, however, his lack of technical sharpness was the most disappointing aspect of his display in this game.

Leao (8): Though a bit quiet for the majority of the second half, Leao had a wonderful game as shown by his two assists, proving once why this team needs his qualities to excel. He really opened up the defence of Venezia on numerous occasions.

Ibrahimovic (6.5): Despite a few bad plays, and a disappearing act towards the end of the game, Zlatan used his experience to great effect by making just the right amount of effort to help the team achieve its goal. His early goal opened up the game for Milan and his physical presence stroke fear in the opposition’s defence, which helped his teammates find space and create more danger.

Substitutes

Messias (6): Simple but effective, Messias did not create as much danger as a winger should but proved to be exactly what the team needed for this game in the second half.

Rebic (6): Even though a bit rusty, he showed flashes of brilliance which is hopefully a sign of things to come.

Maldini (6): Despite not having much to do, he managed a few good passes and set up some good plays for his teammates.

Giroud (6): He didn’t get enough time to leave a mark but did enough to keep the attack alive towards the end of the game.

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14 Comments

  1. Ibn O. says:

    That arm band seats well on Theo. That’s all I have to say.

  2. keo says:

    Great win to keep the pressure on Inter.

    Salemakeers was poor today, and I wouldn’t want to believe it’s because he was carded early on in the game. He needs to do better

    Bakayoko slows down play one too many times, and it’s really frustrating. Though his mistakes were less, but there were a couple of times he lost possession and caused other players to rescue the situation. Diaz contributes nothing to our play, and it’s really sad to see. Bakayoko and Diaz should be playing their last games for Milan, they have had enough chances to prove what they can bring to the table. If Maldini and Massara could pull their head out of their asses, they should certain of their replacements by now, so we have a clear heading during the summer window; instead of sitting clueless and waiting for opportunities and loans of near-retirement players.

    Good job by Pioli to steady the ship. Tonali’s Yellow Card would prove helpful, because we need him for both Juventus and Inter games, I just hope Theo can keep his head down, as he is one card away from suspension. We can’t have key players missing during important fixtures.

    Forza Milan!!!

  3. Godey says:

    I think Alexis plays better as a LMF than a RMF

    1. Stam says:

      Yes, and probably even better in the centre – but as a midfielder

  4. ForzaMilan says:

    Another great game. Everyone did great except Diaz and Salemakers.

    I don’t know what happened to Diaz but i guess he still not yet fully recovered from covid. With his situation, i feel Pioli should try Daniel Maldini again as AM. The boy deserves another chance.

    As for Salemakers, he probably just tired. Also got yellow card that makes his play less sharp.

    Bakayoko plays decent in the second half. But man, he still made some nasty slip up.

    Kudos to Pioli though. Since Leao, Ibra, Giroud, Rebic, and Florenzi recovered, he did a much better strategy.

    I hope Calabria, Tomori, and Romagnoli can recovered before Juventus match. Gabbia & Kalulu did well against Roma & Venezia, but Juventus is a different beast.

    1. Geekondrum says:

      I wouldn’t agree less. We need all team players available for the duel

      I don’t know if messias is a long term solution for our RW, but he gives more assurance on goals from that wing than saelmaekers.

      Maybe Pioli should try messias as AM next match.

      Play Rebic on the right, Leao on the left, Messias behind Ibra/giroud

  5. Nelli says:

    I’ve been saying this for a while Saelemaekers should be tried as a CAM as he seems to be better when he can play across the line and/or driving straight at the goal and he’s stronger on the ball than Diaz (who I’m very disappointed in).
    Diaz seems to have not done any strength training which was something he clearly needed after last season. He’s easily muscled off the ball and possessions end because of that. He’s useless against any adequate ball winning midfielder let alone CB. Time to step up Diaz.

    1. Solomon says:

      Like your comment.

  6. KK Miko says:

    Does the writer knows how to write?
    A club won 3 nil and you tagged it as manage!🤔🤦🏽‍♂️🙆🏽‍♂️🤷🏽‍♂️

  7. Aaditya Verma says:

    I’m no scout but ethan ampadu did look impressive for venezia. He can be a cheap yet reliable defender for milan. He was there for many clearances or venezia would’ve been 5-0 down.

  8. Patrik says:

    Forza Milan!!

  9. ABDULRAHMAN says:

    Great job from my beloved team!❤️🖤

  10. Anaximander says:

    9 for Theo is too much. He had his usual ball-losses in the first half, and played with a lot of risk at times in the second. I would give him an 8.

    6,5 for Bakayoko is also too high. He had at least three or four dangerous ball-losses. I would have given him a 5,5.

    I think Tonali also should be given an 8. Defensively world-class, and generally good choices with the ball.

  11. Rosso says:

    the real reason why we were weak in UCL was absence of Ibra. BCz of that giroud had to play alot. then rebic got burdened and all got injured like that. If ibra was there we could use him and giroud properly

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