Milan player ratings vs Sassuolo: Trio fail to do enough in frustrating draw

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Milan were held to a goalless draw by Sassuolo on Sunday as certain individuals were below par, which in turn contributed to the disappointing outcome.

Despite 17 attempts on goal, the Rossoneri were unable to find a breakthrough as they were short of luck and displayed no cutting edge in the final third.

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It could be argued that the game was ultimately there to be won, and had we shown more quality in attack, we could have seen Sassuolo off and secured a third consecutive victory. Instead, we’re left to rue two dropped points in a game we should have won.

Gianluigi Donnarumma, 6 – Had little to do across the 90 minutes, but when called into action he was equal to what Sassuolo threw at him to secure a clean sheet.

Andrea Conti, 6 – Had his hands full with a lively Jeremie Boga, and looked shaky at times as he was caught out at the back. Did get to grips with him as the game went on, but was less effective going forward as a result.

Mateo Musacchio, 5 – Did well for the most part with the direct threat through the middle, but his positioning and reading of the game is highly questionable at times. When watching him off the ball, he looks at risk of being exposed on countless occasions.

Alessio Romagnoli, 6 – In contrast, the Milan captain did read the game well and stepped in to snuff out danger in important moments. Will perhaps think he could have done better building out from the back.

Theo Hernandez, 6 – Continued to be an offensive threat while looking less vulnerable defensively, although wasn’t quite as dangerous and influential as he has been in recent weeks. Unfortunate to see his goal overturned while a booking means he’ll miss out next weekend.

Franck Kessie, 5 – Showed physicality and good work-rate, but as has been the case so often this season, he isn’t influencing games enough and his limitations hurt us, particularly going forward, as he isn’t a genuine threat from midfield when he is more than capable of being a proper box-to-box player.

Ismael Bennacer, 6 – Spurned a huge chance in the first half and took some unnecessary risks in possession which almost saw him cost us. However, while he wasn’t as impressive as recent games, he still put in an important shift in midfield and added quality with his passing and movement.

Giacomo Bonaventura, 6 – A decent display from our influential midfield ace, as he tried to get on the ball as much as possible to make something happen. Should of perhaps scored in the second half after being presented with a good chance, but overall it was another good run out.

Suso, 5 – Rarely involved and when in possession, either gave the ball away too cheaply or wasn’t able to get going and make something happen for the team. Jeered as he came off the pitch, and it’s another big step backwards for the Spaniard.

Krzysztof Piatek, 6 – Continues to show more fight and determination to get involved in the build-up play to bring others into the game. Goals are still what he’s in the team for though and they are eluding him in open play, but arguably doing enough to stay in the XI.

Hakan Calhanoglu, 5.5 – Did slightly more than Suso as he threatened to score with some efforts from long range and showed the right intensity and urgency. However, in terms of quality, not enough on show from him either as the two wide men disappointed.

Substitutes

Lucas Paqueta, 5 – Had two big chances to make a huge impact off the bench, but couldn’t convert on either occasion as he failed at the final hurdle to make the ideal contribution.

Rafael Leao, 6 – Desperately unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet as he struck the woodwork twice with two fine efforts. Will kick himself for not being slightly more accurate, but a positive outing.

Samu Castillejo – N/A.