AC Milan were defeated 2-0 by Tottenham Hotspur on a warm Munich evening in the third place play-off game of the Audi Cup.
The Rossoneri appeared to be far from peak fitness and were often left straggling behind the Spurs players who were clearly much further ahead in the pre-season schedule. As a result, the North London side dominated most of the game with their intense pressing and possession of the ball after opening the scoring through Nacer Chadli’s sumptuous strike early in the first half. Their win was sealed after the break when Tom Carroll played through the impressive Kieran Trippier who finished smartly.
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Abbiati -6- Solid
Made a good save from a Carroll shot and generally acquitted himself well, the veteran couldn’t have done anything to stop Chadli’s goal.
Philippe Mexes -4- Reckless
Looked slow and struggled to deal with runs in behind. Rash at times and allowed Carroll to create a good chance due to some wayward positioning.
Alex -6- Steady
Like Mexes he looked slow but was often exposed by poor some pressing from the Milan midfield. Did impose himself physicality well against the lightweight Erik Lamela.
David Calabria -5- Inexperienced
Should have done better when closing down Chadli before he scored. The youngster got forward well but lacked any meaningful end product.
Ignazio Abate -6- Decent
Struggled with Tottenham’s pressing but did get forward well He produced a good cross for Bacca in the second half.
Jose Mauri -6- Frustrated
Found the physicality of Bentaleb and Dier difficult at times but when he found space he showed he can pass the ball well and with a bit of creativity.
Andrea Poli -5- Boring
Looked lackluster in his pressing and although he rarely gave the ball away most of his passes were sideways or backwards. Moreover, he failed to really support the Milan attack.
Riccardo Montolivo -5.5- Unimpressive
Struggled to dictate the play whilst he was on the pitch but suffered an injury before half-time.
Suso -6.5- Bright
Looked composed on the ball and had a few decent shots. The Spaniard kept trying to create despite little actually working out for him. He was able to make Fazio look silly with a nice piece of skill.
Alessandro Matri -6- Lacking
Worked hard and kept trying to get in behind the Tottenham defence but the service to him was poor as was his hold-up play at times.
Alessio Cerci -6.5- Steady
Bit of a bright spot for Milan. He was looking to be direct all game and was willing to run at defenders but in the end was unable to really create anything.
Nigel De Jong -6.5- Forceful
Added a bit of bite to Milan’s midfield, the Dutchman was sharp in the tackle and was able to organise Milan’s pressing when he came on.
Gabriel Paletta -6.5- Grit
Looked much more competent than either Alex or Mexes. He was able to deal with Spurs’s pace and showed good anticipation to nullify Lamela.
Antonio Nocerino -6- Eager
Like De Jong he made Milan’s midfield more energetic and was often eager to get forward, although sometimes he was a bit rash in the tackle.
Gianluigi Donnarumma -6- Solid
Was able to make a good save from a Mason shot and look composed on the ball when asked to play out from the back.
Carlos Bacca -6.5- Wiley
Provided energy in the forward line and possibly should have scored from an Abate cross but generally looked strong during his time on the pitch