Sunday, March 9, 2008

Player Ratings: Empoli 1-3 Milan

AC Milan

Kalac – 6.0: Did not have too many saves to make as most of Empoli’s shots were off-target. Blameless on Busce’s goal.

Oddo – 6.0: A mixed afternoon for Oddo. His cross led to Pato’s goal, however he missed a tackle on Antonini in the build-up to Busce’s temporary equalizer.

Maldini - 6.0: Had a few nervy moments in the first half, but was very impressive after the break.

Kaladze – 6.5: Solid display from the Georgian. Was a reassuring presence at the heart of the Milan defence.

Favalli – 5.0: Was beaten by his man on one too many occasions down the left. The clear weak-point of the Milan team.

Ambrosini – 7.5: Battled well in the centre of midfield and the wet conditions in the second half seemed to suit him. Trademark header to give Milan the lead.

Pirlo – 5.5: One brilliant pass to put Gilardino through in the first half, however it is clear that Pirlo is not in good form at the moment.

Gourcuff – 4.5: Really poor. Gave the ball away repeatedly and was rightfully replaced at half time.

Kaka - 7.5: Struggled for long periods, however he created Milan’s second, scored the third, put a chance on a plate for Gilardino, and also presented Pato with a good opportunity.

Pato – 7.5: A constant bright spark all game. His decision-making is poor and he still needs to mature, this is true, however the Brazilian was involved in every attacking Milan move, scoring the first, and helping create Kaka’s clincher.

Gilardino - 5.0: Showed his lack of confidence by missing two great chances. Was anonymous for the remainder of the game. Really has to move on to another club at the end of the season if he wants to resurrect his career.

Subs: Bonera: 6.0, Brocchi: 5.5; Paloschi 6.0.