Milan Player Ratings vs Cremonese: Rossoneri Lacked a Hero

When Olivier Giroud got himself sent off after wildly celebrating his late winner against Spezia, many of us wondered if Milan were going to regret it on Tuesday. Well, the answer has been delivered at the Giovanni Zini Stadium, as the Rossoneri failed to find the back of the net against their hosts Cremonese, with the Lombardian derby ending in a scrappy stalemate. So let’s check out the player ratings for Milan who are now trailing league leaders Napoli by eight points following their uninspiring draw against Cremonese.

Milan (3-4-1-2)

Ciprian Tatarusanu – 6

Aside from a routine added-time save on Cristian Buonaiuto, he had very little to do throughout the match.

Malick Thiaw – 5

The German hardly impressed on his full debut. Looked shaky at the back, allowing opponents to sneak past him on some occasions. His passes were also too heavy and inaccurate.

Simon Kjaer – 6

A no-nonsense display from the Danish veteran who played at the heart of a three-man defense. At times he had trouble with dealing with the pace of his opponent, but didn’t give Milan any real scares.

Fikayo Tomori – 7

A solid outing from the England international who fought for every and won the vast majority of his duels. Cremonense rarely managed to reach the final third, and a large chunk of the credit should go to the former Chelsea man.

Junior Messias – 6.5

Maybe he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but the former Crotone man was the Diavolo’s most consistent threat from start to finish. Delivered good balls to the box and caused a couple of bookings for his foes with his sublime dribbling.

Ismael Bennacer – 6

The Algerian made sure Milan controlled the middle of the park, and was always present to pick up the Grigiorossi’s loose balls. But couldn’t quite deliver his usual killer pass.

Sandro Tonali – 6.5

The former Brescia man was all over the pitch. Switched from the center to the flanks whenever needed. Found the unmarked Rebic with a spectacular cross, but the latter couldn’t direct it goalward.

Fodé Ballo-Touré – 5.5

Whenever the Senegalese plays, he’s faced with the unpleasant task of replacing Theo Hernandez. Let’s just say that the suspended Frenchman was dearly missed, as his replacement produced none of his vintage plays from the left flank.

Brahim Diaz – 5.5

The Spaniard continues to blow hot and cold. He had some flashes of brilliance but they were too few and far between.

Ante Rebic – 6

A mixed bag from the enigmatic Croatian. Picked up Origi with a glorious through ball and provided the assist for the disallowed goal, but wasted a golden chance himself as he failed to connect with Tonali’s cross.

Divock Origi – 5.5

The Belgian’s scrappy goal was rightfully ruled out for an offside, but he should have scored in the first half from a one-on-one situation, but was denied by the majestic Marco Carnesecchi who was the undisputed man of the match.

Milan Substitutes

Pierre Kalulu – 5.5

The Frenchman was undoubtedly an improvement on Thiaw, but wasn’t exactly at his best. Tried to cement himself as the late savior, but his shot went well wide.

Rafael Leao – 5

Surprisingly, the Portuguese once against started the match on the bench, but it has to be said that his introduction hardly improved the team. Seemed to be in a rather gloomy mood, and earned a yellow card for dissent.

Chareles De Ketelaere – 5

Another supposed “super-sub” who failed to add anything noteworthy for Milan. Stormed into the opposition box on one occasion, but lost his footing at a delicate moment.

Marko Lazetic – N/A

Rade Krunic – N/A

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