AC Milan: Rating the Rossoneri Players in 1-1 Draw vs. Inter

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AC Milan: Rating the Rossoneri Players in 1-1 Draw vs. Inter
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Christian Abbiati: 7/10

Incredible save to his right to not only deny Fredy Guarin's powerful header, but also pushing it just wide enough to avoid the Nerazzurri gobbling up the rebound.

 

Ignazio Abate: 6/10

Plenty of dynamism in bursting forward, but he often lacked guile and composure when his pace had him in some promising positions. Too often were his crosses blocked or beaten away by the first Inter defender.

 

Philippe Mexes: 5.5/10

Went on a ridiculous run that carried him into the Inter penalty area, taking the French centre-back horribly out of position without ever having the ball fully under control. Horrendous marking for the Ezequiel Schelotto goal; Massimiliano Allegri will be furious when he analyzes the play and will rightfully ask how the Argentine found so much space six yards out in the centre of the penalty area.

 

Cristian Zapata: 6/10

Some decent interceptions from the Colombian, who uses his pace to cover around Mexes at times and bring the ball out from the back when afforded the space—especially in the first goal where he caught Inter out of the position in transition. However, when Rodrigo Palacio and Antonio Cassano were able to front him up, particularly in one-on-one situations, he never looked entirely comfortable.

 

Mattia De Sciglio: 7.5/10

What a performance from the young man. Despite his versatility, it is accepted that De Sciglio prefers to operate on the right flank. De Sciglio was immense when moving forward into the space that Yuto Nagatomo seemed to vacate when tracking Stephan El Shaarawy. Some really tough challenges combined with some silky touches and pass-and-move combinations will fill Rossoneri fans with excitement.

 

Sulley Muntari: 6/10

Worked hard for the team and seemed to be one of the more tenacious Rossoneri players, particularly when booked for a tough challenge on Walter Gargano. Went close with a volley on the turn from 30 yards that whistled a yard wide of Samir Handanovic's goal.

 

Riccardo Montolivo: 6.5/10

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An inspiration in the first half and the creator of everything good that Milan did, laying a great foundation for the Rossoneri to consistently heap pressure on Inter. Seemed to go into his shell in the second half and a few passes went astray as the Nerazzurri turned the tables late on.

 

Antonio Nocerino: 6/10

An unselfish display where he covered a great amount of ground, putting out many fires.

 

Kevin-Prince Boateng: 6.5/10

Not quite as decisive as he was against Barcelona, but he is certainly returning to his best. Managed to put in some wicked crosses that caused havoc in the Inter area during the first half.

 

Mario Balotelli: 5.5/10

Suffered some horrendous abuse from the stands by the Interistas in his first game against his former club. Went close twice, first with a header from six yards that Handanovic kept out with one of the saves of the season, then a free kick that dipped over the wall and forced another smart stop from the Inter keeper. Missed a great chance too though, failing to control the ball when left alone eight yards out with the goal at his mercy.

 

Stephan El Shaarawy: 7/10

Was followed by Nagatomo throughout, with the Japanese defender under instructions from Andrea Stramaccioni to man-mark Il Faraone on the opposite flank to his preferred left side. His speed and intelligence when moving off the ball was decisive for the first goal and the finish was immaculate, high into the roof of the net with the outside of the boot.

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Substitutes:

Massimo Ambrosini: n/a

No time to impress.

 

M'Baye Niang: 5.5/10

His trickery and skills carried him plenty of times down the right wing, but he often overran the ball and found trouble, isolating himself and gifting possession back to the Nerazzurri too easily.

 

Bojan Krkic: n/a

No time to impress.

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