Milan were the architects of their own downfall in Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Stadio Olimpico, gifting Roma two goals in a dire defensive display.
Lucas Paqueta thought he'd given Milan the lead in the 16th minute, but he'd timed his run too early for
Milan defended that set-piece horribly.— Kaustubh Pandey (@Kaus_Pandey17) October 27, 2019
They are behind against a half-broken Roma team. Conceded a header against an Edin Dzeko who has a broken cheekbone.
The Rossoneri were level in just ten second-half minutes courtesy of their full-backs combining.
Starting XI: Lopez (7); Spinazzola (6), Smalling (7), Fazio (7), Kolarov (7); Mancini (6); Zaniolo (8), Pastore (7), Veretout (7), Perotti (6); Dzeko (9*)
Substitutes: Antonucci (6), Cetin (6), Santon (5)
Key Talking Point
Stefano Pioli named an unchanged side for his second game in charge, meaning there was no place for top scorer
Leao decision making is worse than Niang and Kessie's combined— Milan Bangers (@acmilan_sa) October 27, 2019
Paqueta has been inside the box more than Leao— Dada ⚽️ (@Wdandada2) October 27, 2019
Leao just keeps running wide when we have the ball around Roma’s box— Mark Galliani (@ACMaruk) October 27, 2019
Please mix it up a bit, sometimes come into the ball, sometimes go deep
Not running wide EVERY TIME, and especially not to the left side every time where you have to turn to the stronger foot first
It was surprising that it took until the 63rd minute for Piatek's introduction, which moved Leao to the left flank and finally gave Milan a focal point. Sadly the service just wasn't there for the Poland international, who hardly touched the ball inside Roma's box.
In fairness to Leao he looked far more comfortable playing on the left and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him starting the next match in a wide area, with Piatek leading the line.
Starting XI: Donnarumma (7); Conti (6), Musacchio (5), Romagnoli (5), Hernandez (8*); Paqueta (6), Biglia (6), Kessie (5); Suso (5), Leao (6), Calhanoglu (7)
Substitutes: Calabria (6), Piatek (6), Bennacer (5)
Theo Hernandez was head and shoulders above his teammates on Sunday evening, reliable in defence and arguably Milan's best attacking option.
The French left-back must have covered every blade of grass on the Stadio Olimpico flanks, constantly driving his team forward and overlapping the wide players ahead of him. It paid off in the 55th minute as he timed his run into the box perfectly, controlled the ball with one foot and tucked home with the other.
His performance was typified by a move to start a counter-attack with Milan searching for an equaliser. He intercepted a cross before it reached Dzeko, beat two Roma players and laid the ball off for Leao while being fouled. Sadly it ended with a free kick for a foul on Leao, but his endeavour and energy that were the most telling parts of the move.
Half time #RomaMilan— Rajath Kumar (@rajathkumar) October 27, 2019
Standard of play much better under Pioli, but Milan continue to be poor in the final third. Hernandez remains Milan's best player on the pitch. Biglia, Kessie, Calhanoglu, Suso - extremely poor. Bennacer could add some spark in midfield.
Sometimes i wonder how come Real Madrid sold Theo Hernandez to Milan for just 20M.— Duke Of Milan (@jnr_ot) October 27, 2019
He is just exceptional week in week out, he only gets better
Roma face Udinese and Napoli in Serie A action, before their Europa League visit to B