Newcastle United’s players were given moderate Italian ratings as AC Milan cursed their inability to finish chances.
AC Milan players have bemoaned their inability to put Newcastle United away after the Magpies held the Italian outfit to a goalless San Siro draw. Eddie Howe’s men weren’t at their free-flowing best but also defended incredibly well to walk away from their return to Europe with something to show for it.
Newcastle only registered six shots to Milan’s 26, with Nick Pope having to be back at his best to deny the hosts. However, the game didn’t feel like a total onslaught despite what the statistics may say.
Most would say it wasn’t a vintage Rossoneri display but Milan winger and former Chelsea star, Christian Pulisic, insists it was an ‘excellent’ performance by his side. “Positive match, we shot a lot on goal but we weren’t able to score,” he said.
“It’s always difficult, you also have to know how to handle bad defeats. You’ve have another game to try prove your worth, to try to get another victory. It was an excellent performance today and we must continue like this. I’ve already faced Newcastle, they’re a strong team and it was a good match.”
Another former Chelsea star, in the form of Olivier Giroud, added: “I think we had many chances, efficiency is very important at this level. We gave everything, the final touch was missing.”
The Milan stars weren’t the only ones to give their opinion on the evening’s proceedings. The Italian press also had their say in the form of player ratings in the immediate aftermath of the draw.
Nine of the 11 players who started from the outset received a 6 or 6.5 out of 10, while Jacob Murphy was scored a 5 and former Milan star receiving a 5.5. Kieran Trippier, Newcastle’s standout performer, was labelled the ‘soul’ of Newcastle, while Anthony Gordon is hailed as an ‘interesting player’.