Sampdoria 0 – 1 AC Milan: Player Ratings

By Ahmed Khalifa -

Starting XI:

Donnarumma (8) – Young Gigio made a number of spectacular saves keeping the scores levelled until the end of the game and earned himself his first clean sheet of the season. He does need to be cautious with the ball at his feet, though.

Abate (5) – At risk of being benched, Ignazio might’ve considered himself lucky to start this game following the injuries of Antonelli and De Sciglio, though he still failed to impress.

Paletta (8 – MOTM) – The best player in our defense tonight, Gabriel Paletta was really solid in the back, making a number of clearances and tackles preventing the Sampdoria attack from causing too much trouble.

Romagnoli (5) – Looking very shaky and lost in large parts of the game, Alessio put in a relatively poor performance considering he’s usually our better center back.



Calabria (6) – Covering for injured Antonelli and De Sciglio and making his first Serie A start of the season tonight, the young full-back had a good game though we could all see that he is much more suited at right-back rather than both right and left.

Sosa (6) – The Argentine veteran was the best performer in midfield, making good passes and touches throughout the game as well as a couple of great challenges.

Montolivo (5) – Aimless lob passes, numerous errors, one off-target strike from distance. Pretty much the usual ‘Capitano’ performance we’ve been so accustomed to.

Bonaventura (5.5) – This was Jack’s second consecutive bad performance, which we aren’t really used to from the Italian. Poor decision making and execution.

(Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

(Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Suso (7) – Had an up and down performance, the Spaniard, but in most parts did well and got an assist with a wonderful through ball to Carlos Bacca.

Lapadula (6) – The Italian striker finally got a start for the Rossoneri and we can all agree his work rate was great. He lacked a goal, though, mainly due to lack of service in front.

Niang (6) – It’s been said before, the Frenchman needs to use his head more. He needs to get his head in the game and focus on what’s important. Made some poor decisions, but overall put in a good performance.




Locatelli (5) – Coming on for his first Serie A game of the season, the young midfielder didn’t have much to do, though does need to watch out as he’s made a number of risky challenges.

Bacca (6.5) – The decisive substitution. The game winner. The Colombian striker came on for Lapadula and bagged the only goal of the game, breaking the deadlock late on.

Gomez (N/A) – The Paraguayan defender came on in the dying minutes of the match to help keep the 1-goal lead to get the 3 points for the Rossoneri.

The coach:

Montella (6) – Mr. Montella took a risk benching star player Carlos Bacca from the start and also bringing on Manuel Locatelli while still 0-0. The Italian tactician managed to get the team to bounce back after a loss at home to Udinese earlier this week.

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