PIOLI 10: after 11 years, if Milan returns to raise the Scudetto it is above all thanks to him. A bit of a coach and a bit of a psychologist, he manages to lead a group of young and inexperienced boys to conquer the title. In the high-tension sprint with Inter, the Rossoneri do not suffer the pressure and win against all the forecasts that gave them as underdogs. A great job by Pioli who managed to scrape the talents in pink from Leao and Kalulu, from Tomori to Tonali.
MAIGNAN 9: a very heavy inheritance managed in the best way. Maignan takes the place of Donnarumma, a club flag, but no one misses him. A goalkeeper with the feet of a midfielder, capable of scoring with a goal kick. And in moments of difficulty he has to save the result with sensational saves. The best signing of the new Milan.
KJAER 6: undisputed owner as central defense, at the beginning of 2022 he remedies the rupture of the knee ligament in the match against Genoa. He operates and will return next season, with a tricolor on his chest.
TOMORI 8: An important investment for Milan but paid off with ever-increasing performances. He manages to pair with both Romagnoli and Kalulu without getting upset and his recoveries have often been providential. Always effective, he has only remedied four yellow cards in the league while taking charge of the fate of the defense.
KALULU 7.5: from reserve to owner, Kalulu’s growth is perhaps the most evident among the Rossoneri. A bit in trouble at the beginning of the season in the role of right-back, he acquires greater awareness as a central defender and together and Tomori locks the Rossoneri rearguard.
ROMAGNOLI 6.5: a season of ups and downs for the AC Milan captain who could say goodbye with the conquest of the trophy. Some physical problems complicate the season but Pioli in the end prefers Kalulu.
THEO HERNANDEZ 7.5: an arrow on the left wing, strong character and fast foot creates an almost unbeatable axis with Leao. Full-back of thrust, modern, with the attacking attitude is fresh from renewal until 2026, one of the cornerstones of this Milan.
DANCE TOURE ‘6: it is not easy, perhaps almost impossible, to carve out space when I play Theo Hernandez in your role. But he is an alternative in case of an accident emergency.
CALABRIA 7: tenacious and tireless, Calabria grinds kilometers on the right wing without being able to count on a fixed shoulder as Theo can do with Leao. Immovable owner is the protagonist of a great season so as to attract the attention of the top clubs.
FLORENZI 6.5: At 31, he marries the cause of Milan and shows the same attachment to the cause as always. He never spares himself, like when he recovers in record time from the meniscus operation just to be there in the last few games, sealing the return with a great goal against Verona.
BENNACER 7: a certainty, it is often he who puts order in moments of confusion. He finds the right feeling with his teammate Tonali, returns from the Africa Cup without setbacks and Pioli knows he can always trust him. There are few subdued matches of the Algerian, the fundamental pivot of the Rossoneri game.
TONALI 8: emblem of Milan, already the idol of the fans who imagine him wearing the armband. A Rossoneri fan since he was a child, he has reduced his salary in order to stay. He represents the spirit of the new Milan, hungry and promising. And when Tonali finds the way to goal, they are always decisive goals like the one with Fiorentina and the brace of Verona.
KESSIE ‘6.5: his is not an exciting season like the past one but he never backs down. Pioli often deploys him on the trocar, a position that does not make him merit but the Ivorian does not break down. After the Scudetto it will be goodbye to Barcelona, yet another free transfer that unleashes the anger of the fans and the club will have to move to replace him worthily.
BAKAYOKO 5: has not contributed to the cause since January. He was out due to both injury and technical choice. Far from the player he had seen in the past in the Rossoneri, his future will be far from Milanello.
KRUNIC 6: It is not easy to play without continuity and Krunic alternates good performances with games with too many mistakes. Without complaining, he always puts himself at Pioli’s disposal but sometimes something more would be needed.
DIAZ 5.5: an exciting start to the season, then Covid and the struggle to find the condition. The fantasy of the number 10 was missing from Milan and the club will have to decide whether to redeem him.
SAELEMAEKERS 6: be patient when there is no space, always available when called upon. Pioli alternates it with Messias, drops in mid-season, then resumes with tests of substance.
REBIC 5.5: a complex season, punctuated by injuries that do not allow him to recover enamel and continuity. His forfeits force Pioli to make forced choices in attack. He starts well, scoring a goal also at Anfield then the decline, the loss perhaps of a little confidence but in the end, with difficulty, he finds the condition.
MESSIAS 6: the tale of those who believe in a dream, face life with humility and then are rewarded with a goal at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. An exploit that was incredible but Messias lacked a bit of continuity. Pioli has often given him chances, now it will be necessary to understand if there is still room for him in Milan.
LEAO 8.5: speed, dribbling, unpredictability, Leao is Milan’s extra player, the one that opponents envy. He hasn’t even turned 23, he has very high growth margins and this year he has kept the fortunes of the Rossoneri attack high without ever being able to rest. It is Pioli’s extra weapon.
IBRAHIMOVIC 7: at 40 you can’t have the continuity of a 20-year-old and this year Ibra had to deal with many ailments. But no one like Zlatan knows how to raise the bar, no one like him knows how to charge and get the maximum professionalism from his teammates. In a young group, his guidance in the locker room is essential. And now that he has fulfilled his dream of going back to winning with Milan, will he decide to stop?
GIROUD 7.5: when the others gave up, he always answered present. He was entrusted with the attack and the Frenchman found the way to goal but he also knew how to build with his team mates. He arrived at Milan as a Champions with Chelsea and reigning world champion with France and in his first year in Serie A he also won the Scudetto. When we say winning DNA.
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