Better late than never – here are my ratings.
Abbiati 6. – saved the ones he should’ve saved and conceded 2 where he had little to do. He was on heels for 90 minutes and was always ready to win our team some seconds. Confidence boosting performance.
Abate 6.5 – at times he looked like the only one who can run with Barca players and dispossess them rather than wait. Can forgive him the first goal.
Thiago Silva 6.5 – some shaky moments but a game-tying goal. Will forgive him the first goal.
Nesta 7.5 MOTM – Minister of Defence back at his position. What’s his tackling level on those games the youth loves so much? I nominate 1 000 000 000.
Zambrotta 6 – the heat map showed Barca put most pressure on him. Coped ok with it though not too good.
Nocerino 5.5 – won a crucial corner Gattuso style and covered the most ground by our players. But did he caught my eye overall? No.
Van Bommel 6 – stupid card but smart pressure all the time. He was leading our midfield in the defensive phase.
Seedorf 6.5 – only one who could hold the ball for a second and let his teammates breath. And a nice assist from the corner.
Ambrosini 5 – off-form or finished? Played through slight injury? Silly fouls and bad touches. Nothing positive.
Cassano 4.5 – dreadful game. Maybe not suited for such a match but definetely fatigued of all the games he has had over the week.
Pato 6.5 – great to see him scoring. Great to see him scoring in Europe. Could he have done better at some chances? Yes, but with only few touches on the ball we can’t expect all of them to be perfect. Could anyone do better than his opener? No, that is the goal of the season.
Milan 6.5 – the attack was lacking but the defense of the whole team was to be proud of.
Allegri 6.5 – fixed the problems from Lazio game and made the most with depleted selection.
Prince; Aquilani; Emanuelson; n/a
I’ll try to do the rating for our players this season. First off Milan-Lazio.
Abbiati 6 - nothing significant to point out.
Antonini 6.5 – worked a lot in defense and offence. Showed a lot of grit.
Thiago Silva 6 .5 - showed his aerial skills at the start and one-on-one skills at the end.
Nesta 5 – major offday. Bad marking during both goals, took out Gattuso and some dangerous passes. Only managed to handle Cisse at the halfway line with a foul. The open goal clearance was as impressive as ever but today I’ll write that one on luck.
Abate 6.5 - good stuff on both ends.
Ambrosini 5.5 – got himself in some nice positions when teammates didn’t notice him. Meanwhile a little lack of agression and marking in the defensive phase. As a captain should have sorted out the midfield situation in defense problems.
Van Bommel 6 – showed himself to Cisse and locked up Klose. Smart and dangerous play mixed like always.
Aquilani 6.5 – great work getting himself one-on-one with Bizzarri, great pass to Cassano during the first goal and nice corner during the second. Bit lacking in defence.
Prince Boateng 5.5 – bad decisions mixed with bad attitude. Hard player to rate as his unorthodox style sometimes works in our favour and other times it doesn’t. To me it seemed he was a surplus in our scheme.
Ibrahimovic 7 – another empty net goal for him and great assists to Aquilani + Boateng to create chances. Unfortunately finishing was lacking from teammates as well as him. Pretty much maximum you can ask from a guy playing 90 minutes the third time this week.
Cassano 7.5 MOTM – how about a header from the corner? Assist to open goal. Goalpost and other near misses. All over the game. Could whine a little less but they don’t make cassanos who don’t whine so we should forgive him.
Milan 6 – lacking as a defensive unit, but that is expected in the first game of the season. Finishing should be better as well. Overall mediocre display whee pros and cons even out each other.
Allegri 6 – understandable line-up as well as subtitutions. Players could have brought him victory but didn’t.
Gattuso – Pato – Nocerino n/a. Would have expected more from Pato.
(n/a=not applicable; MOTM=man of the match)
Give me your ratings and criticism in the comments.