Monday, September 29, 2008

Player Ratings: Milan 1-0 Inter

Milan can boast the derby bragging rights after beating Inter 1-0 at the San Siro this evening. Carlo Garganese rates the players on show...


Abbiati 6.5 - Did not have any real tough saves to make, apart from one from Stankovic, but his decision making was excellent all night, and he also did well on crosses.

Zambrotta 7 - Mancini made no impact whatsoever against the Italian full back, who impressed both as an attacking and defensive force.

Maldini 7.5 - At the age of 40, it is impossible to believe that Maldini can put in a performance like he did tonight. For those who think Milan are carrying Maldini, watch how he marked Ibrahimovic tonight.

Kaladze 7 - Has had a poor season so far, but today he did well. Was dominant in the air, and did well on the floor too.

Jankulovski 6.5 - Was oustanding against Lazio last week, and did not let the side down at all tonight. Quaresma barely had a kick all game, even if that was more down to the Inter man than Jankulovski.

Ambrosini 6.5 - Solid performance in the middle-of-the-park from Ambrosini, even if he gave the ball away a few times in the last 20 minutes as Inter came on strong.

Gattuso 7 - The old Gattuso was back tonight. So fired up that his eyeballs were popping out like a drug addict. His touchline row with Ancelotti proved how much he wanted to win this game.

Seedorf 7.5 - Excellent in midfield, and the dictator behind most of Milan's attacks. His passing tonight was superb, and he also surprisingly did some good defensive work.

Ronaldinho 8 - Not fully fit, but Ronaldinho is certainly on his way back after settling the derby with a perfect header into the top corner. Would have scored before were it not for Julio Cesar. His passing was good and he linked up impressively with Kaka.

Kaka 8.5 - The best player on the pitch. Went on a string of mesmerising runs, set-up Ronaldinho's winner as well as another chance for his compatriot. Electric all night, and he was also responsible for Burdisso's sending off following a late tackle on him.

Pato 6.5 - Still needs time to grow, but he linked up well with both Kaka and Ronaldinho to form the Ka-Pa-Ro. Decision-making is erratic at times, and this needs improving.


Flamini 6.5

Shevchenko 6.5

Bonera N/A