AC Milan player ratings v Juventus: Chelsea loanee makes his debut

AC Milan

AC Milan suffered a 1-0 defeat to Juventus at San Siro in Serie A, with Fernando Torres making his Rossoneri debut.

Christian Abbiati 6/10 – Did well to keep out Fernando Llorente at point-blank range in the first half. Left exposed by his defence on the goal and fell victim to Carlos Tevez.

Ignazio Abate 5.5/10 – Energetic and combative. However, made a crucial error in not tracking Tevez’s run that led to the goal, losing focus.

Adil Rami 7/10 – The steadiest of the back four. Made several crucial interventions, dispossessing Juve’s forwards to thwart danger. Good on the ball, providing a number of pinpoint long balls.

Cristian Zapata 6.5/10 – Stood up to Llorente by and large, willing to be physical with the imposing Spaniard. However, looked uncomfortable on the ball and gave away possession with some wayward passes.

Mattia De Sciglio 6.5/10 – Did dogged work in defence, faced with the unenviable task of going up against Stephan Lichsteiner. Didn’t get forward on the overlap with El Shaarawy often enough.

Andrea Poli 6/10 – Had a relatively quiet 76 minutes of work. Got into some decent positions going forward, but lacked the final product required. Had the fewest touches of Milan’s midfield trio with 31.

Nigel de Jong 7/10 – Strong at the base of midfield. Kept Milan organised and by far the most productive Rossoneri player in the centre of the park. A crucial component.

Sulley Muntari 6/10 – Put in some crunching tackles and did the running in midfield. Limited on the creative front and wasn’t of great use unlocking the Juve defence.

Keisuke Honda 6.5/10 – Continued his solid start to the season in the first half. Tested Gianluigi Buffon with a powerful header. Influence faded after half-time.

Jeremy Menez 6.5/10 – Offered pace and energy, but often found himself out of ideas in the final third. Hamstrung by playing in the centre of the attacking trident, given his natural tendency to drift out wide.

Stephan El Shaarawy 6/10 – Worked incredibly hard for the cause, but without much reward. Steered one shot on target with an acrobatic effort. Had only 25 touches – Pippo Inzaghi’s task will be adjust his system to get the youngster more involved.

Substitutes:

Giacomo Bonaventura 6/10 – Brought in to provide a spark for the tiring El Shaarawy, but struggled to find avenues in behind the Juventus back-line.

Fernando Torres n/a – Isolated after coming on to make his debut in the 76th minute. Had only four touches and was deprived of service.

Giampaolo Pazzini n/a – Like Torres, was left to fend for himself with little service. A non-factor in the final 10 minutes of the match.

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