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Summer signings Andre Silva, Lucas Biglia come up short again in Europe

Summer signings Andre Silva, Lucas Biglia come up short again in Europe
From ESPN - December 7, 2017

As if this week could not get any worse following Sunday's disaster at Benevento, AC Milan put in a lacklustre effort as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Rijeka in the Europa League. Top spot in Group D had already been secured and so the game did not mean much, but a win would undoubtedly have been a welcome boost for Gennaro Gattuso and his men.

Positives

It's difficult to pick anything positive from the game, aside from perhaps the determination of the younger players and that this was another perfect example of the 3-5-2 system, or variations of it, not working. However, that will only be a positive if it forces a change.

Negatives

The fact that theRossoneridid not even manage a single effort on target throughout the game says it all about their dire display. No creativity, no cutting edge and just another uninspiring performance overall.

Manager rating out of 10

4 --Not only did Milan lack the grit that we thought Gattuso would instill, there's still a distinct lack of ideas and direction in their play, and that starts with the coach implementing a successful game plan. So far the boost that typically comes with a managerial change has been nonexistent.

Player ratings (1-10, 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Marco Storari, 5 -- Little he could have done to deny either goal and so he ca not be criticised, but the mere sight of the veteran in the starting lineup was questionable in itself regardless of whether or not the match was meaningless.

DF Cristian Zapata, 5 -- Not strong enough in the challenge throughout the game and hesitant at times, which leads to him making mistakes. After a string of impressive outings, this was a backward step for the Colombian.

DF Gabriel Paletta, 5 -- Did well considering he has not made a single appearance so far this season, but again, it's difficult to understand why he played. With the pressure off, it was a perfect opportunity to give youth a chance rather than a stalwart likely to be on his way out next summer.

DF Alessio Romagnoli, 6 -- While he suffered with the lack of quality being shown around him, it was a decent performance from the Italian. Whether this can be taken as a compliment or not, he was the best of the back three.

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