February 24, 2024

Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan midfielder Manuel Ugarte (C) fights for the ball with with AC Milan's Dutch midfielder #14 Tijani Reijnders (L) and AC Milan's Italian defender #02 Davide Calabria during the UEFA Champions League 1st round group F football match between AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain at the San Siro stadium in Milan on November 7, 2023. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

AC Milan bounced back with a very impressive display against Paris Saint-Germain this evening, clinching all three points after scoring two goals. Several players did really well, including Rafael Leao, and below are the player ratings for the Rossoneri. 

Starting XI

Maignan (7): He made a couple of very good saves this evening and was very calm in possession, handling the distribution just like Milan need him to. On the goal, he couldn’t do anything.

Calabria (7.5): The captain lost the very first duel against Mbappe but certainly recovered after that, keeping the PSG star at bay along with his teammates and putting in a fantastic defensive display. He also did well when going forward, such as the cross for Musah (who should have scored).

Tomori (7.5): Just like Calabria, he showed his best qualities tonight with incredibly aggressive man-marking. He ended up making many interceptions and also cleared the ball many times, leading his team from the back.

Thiaw (7): The German international proved tonight that he’s still a very talented centre-back who deserves time to grow. He remained calm in almost every situation and used his strength in the best way possible.

Hernandez (7): He showed passion tonight and was decisive for the second goal, sending a lovely cross towards Giroud. Above all, the link-up with Leao was absolutely there tonight and this helped Milan a lot.

Loftus-Cheek (7.5): A monstrous performance from the Englishman and he probably would have been the MOTM if it hadn’t been for the first goal. He actively abandoned his marking on Skriniar, while all of his teammates kept their respective marking, and that proved to be costly. But without a doubt, he was crucial tonight in the attacking and defensive phase other than that.

Reijnders (6): The Dutchman had a couple of good moments on the ball where he allowed Milan to breathe but he also made a few silly mistakes which could have hurt the Rossoneri more. He did defend well, though, so it’s certainly a pass for him.

Musah (6.5): He missed a big chance early in the first half, from close range as well. He redeemed himself afterwards, though, working tirelessly until he was subbed off and adding value above all in the defensive phase. On the ball, he was also skilful enough to play Milan out of some tricky situations.

Pulisic (6.5): We cannot complain about his work ethic, because he runs a lot and never gives up. He could have been a bit more dangerous when in possession, though, but it was certainly a good display nevertheless.

Giroud (7.5): Another great header from the veteran, who combined well with his teammates throughout the game and also was heavily involved in the first goal with a good shot. Keep it up, Ollie.

Leao (8 – MOTM): Today, he worked hard in both phases of the game and it paid off. The first goal was all his from the beginning and that finish was just what he needed. He continued to cause PSG trouble throughout the game and finally showed up for the Rossoneri.

Substitutes

Krunic (6): He did what was needed in the defensive phase but not much more.

Okafor (6.5): He forced Donnarumma to an incredible save straight after coming on and looked decent on the ball.

Florenzi (N/A): He didn’t play enough to get a rating.

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