Man of the Match: André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (7)
The Cameroonian was immense in the first half, dominating the midfield and winning back possession high up the pitch. He was also excellent in his distribution and created several chances for his teammates. He faded a bit in the second half, but his overall performance was very impressive.
AC Milan (4-2-3-1):
Mike Maignan (6)
The French goalkeeper didn’t have much to do but he was impeccable when called upon. He made a stunning save late on to deny Napoli a point and keep his clean sheet intact.
Theo Hernandez (6.5)
The left-back scored the only goal of the game and was a constant threat down the flank. He was also solid defensively, making several important tackles.
Matteo Gabbia (6)
The Italian centre-back put in a solid performance. He was aggressive in his challenges and made several important interceptions.
Simon Kjaer (5.5)
The Danish defender was reassuring after some recent shaky performances. He was well-positioned for most of the game and made some important blocks.
Alessandro Florenzi (5)
The right-back, who was filling in for the injured Davide Calabria, struggled to be consistent. He offered some good things going forward but was also caught out defensively on a few occasions.
Ismael Bennacer (5.5)
The Algerian midfielder had a good first half, but he was less effective in the second half. He was tidy in possession and made some good interceptions, but he didn’t really create anything.
Yacine Adli (4.5)
The French-Algerian midfielder was disappointing. He was very quiet and didn’t offer much creativity.
Rafael Leão (5)
The Portuguese winger showed flashes of his brilliance, but he was also guilty of some poor decision-making. He missed a few good chances and was often wasteful in possession.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (5.5)
The English midfielder was solid in the middle of the park. He was good at winning back possession and made some important challenges.
Christian Pulisic (5)
The American started the game brightly but faded as the game went on. He was more effective defensively than he was in attack.
Olivier Giroud (6)
The French striker didn’t score but he was very active in the build-up play. He brought others into the game and was a good outlet for his teammates.
P. Gollini (4.5): Made 5 saves, but none of them were particularly difficult. However, he was strangely positioned too far off his line for Hernandez’s goal, allowing the Milan player to score easily at the near post. He is culpable for that decisive moment.
J. Jesus (6): Very reassuring defensively, he was always attentive to any runs in behind him. His defensive technique is clean, and he only tackles when necessary. He dominated in the air, winning most of his aerial duels. He was substituted for C. Ngonge in the 90th minute.
A. Rrahmani (6): Made some great defensive interventions, like the one on Loftus-Cheek in the 49th minute. His tackling ability was greatly appreciated by his coach, who could also count on him to start attacks from the back.
L. Ostigard (4): Struggled in transition and was completely absent for Hernandez’s goal, which came down his side. He was also unable to deal with Leao, who often managed to get to the byline and cross. He was shaky in his positioning and in his handling of one-on-one situations. He was logically replaced by M. Politano at halftime (45′).
P. Mazzocchi (5.5): Offered some good offensive runs and sometimes managed to cut inside to shoot. However, he seemed to lack conviction and audacity. His choices were often too safe and not risky enough. He took some risks, but mostly in his own area, which was not necessarily necessary. He did manage to win the ball back for his team a few times. Replaced by M. Olivera in the 76th minute.
P. Zielinski (4.5): Overall, the Polish player was not very creative. He was safe and tidy, but not very creative, not very audacious, and lacking in inspiration. His possession was sterile and did not really advance the game. He was substituted for J. Lindstrom in the 76th minute.
Z. Lobotka (5.5): Important in managing Napoli’s weak moments, the Slovakian prevented his team from collapsing after the opening goal. His role as a sentinel in front of the defense allowed his team to rely on his good positioning and his coverage of the central axis.
A-F Zambo-Anguissa (7): See above.
G. Di Lorenzo (5.5): The Napoli captain had a solid game without any major mistakes. He could not do much about the opening goal, as he had a more offensive role tonight. He played this role well, staying wide and making good runs down his flank. However, one would have expected more leadership from the captain, as the Azzurri did not seem particularly motivated, even at the end of the game.
K. Kvaratskhelia (5.5): He was nowhere to be seen when he was in the central axis, and the Georgian realized this around the 20th minute and started to move more to the left flank. However, this created an imbalance, as there was then a lack of presence in the center. But at least he was able to shine a little bit more, trying shots and eliminating defenders with his ambidexterity, which allows him to speed up the game with every touch of the ball.
G. Simeone (4.5): Really had little impact on the game, the son of Diego Simeone struggled to get on the ball and even more to make good use of it. He missed two clear chances, including one that he should have scored as a striker in the 10th minute. However, he hit the post. He was substituted by G. Raspadori in the 55th minute.