Monday, 17 November 2008

Milan vs Chievo 1-0, Highlight Liga Italia 2008, week 10


Abbiati - 7.0: Did not have too much to do, but made one excellent save from Bentivoglio and was very alert in coming off his line.

Bonera - 6.0: Relatively sound defensively but made little impact as an attacking force. A few crosses but was reluctant to push forward.

Kaladze - 6.5: Steady in defence alongside Favalli, helping to keep Chievo star man Pellissier quiet for most of the game.

Favalli - 8.0: Favalli is often criticised on these player rating columns for being 'old', 'slow' and 'past-it'. However, this afternoon he was simply immaculate, making numerous tackles and interceptions. This is no wind-up - he really was brilliant!

Jankulovski - 8.0: Outstanding down the left, as he was up and down the flank from the first to last minute. Had a number of efforts on goal too, and would have scored were it not for a brilliant Sorrentino save from his free kick.

Flamini - 6.0: Was hailed by most experts as the signing of the summer after arriving from Milan, but he still has not settled. Seems overawed at times.

Gattuso - 6.5: Fiery display from the midfielder, who never stopped getting stuck in. Gattuso is having a fine moment at present.

Seedorf - 6.0: Drifted in and out of the match, but generally did okay. Did not create too much, but also did not waste possession.

Kaka - 7.0: Not at his inspirational best, but still a real danger when he broke forward. Linked up well with Ronaldinho, and scored the decisive and controversial match-winning penalty.

Ronaldinho - 7.0: Showed further signs of improvement this afternoon. Demanded the ball and used it well. Created a great chance for Pato with an inspired pass.

Inzaghi - 5.5: Not one of Inzaghi's better outings. Struggled to get into the game, and wasn't on the same wavelength as Kaka and Ronaldinho at times.

Subs: Pato 6.5


Sorrentino - 8.0: Outstanding today with a string of superb stops to keep the score down. The save from Jankulovski's free kick was world class.

Malago - 5.0: Struggled down his right hand side, and was unable to stop the Jankulovski attacking wave.

Mandelli - 6.5: Coped relatively well against Inzaghi, although he may feel he could have done better down the other end when he vollyed wide on 60 minutes.

Yepes - 7.5: Has impressed since joining in the summer, and he was superb today making countless key tackles and interceptions.

Mantovani - 6.0: Not troubled at all down his side, mainly due to Bonera staying back. Like the Milan man, Mantovani also rarely foraged forward.

Pinzi - 5.5: Worked hard, but was the least active of the Chievo midfielders. Did not catch the eye too much.

Bentivoglio - 6.5: Unlucky to give away a penalty, and apart from this he was impressive. Always involved in the action, and came close to equalising with a fierce long shot.

Marcolini - 6.0: Neat and tidy in the middle of the park with that sweet left foot of his, but created very little.

Langella - 6.5: Dangerous in the first half down the left hand side, where his trickery caused a few problems. Faded after the break and was substituted.

Luciano - 7.0: Chievo's best outfield player. A real bright spark every time he touched the ball, and also had a few efforts on goal.

Pellissier - 4.5: For the second week running Pellissier was a major disappointment. Completely taken out of the game by Favalli and Kaladze. Did not get a kick.

Subs: Esposito 6.0, Iunco 6.0, Italiano N/A

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