Carlos Bacca, M'Baye Niang continue AC Milan's impressive form
AC Milan continued their impressive recent form with a deserved 2-0 win over Palermo in Sicily on Wednesday night, with Sinisa Mihajlovic's men visibly growing in confidence.
While goals from Carlos Bacca and M'Baye Niang made the three points safe, the Rossoneri played some impressive attacking football to create countless opportunities as they dominated their rivals for the most part.
Mihajlovic would have perhaps liked to have seen his side be even more clinical, but the Serbian tactician will be pleased with the overall performance as he stressed the importance of following up the win over Inter on Sunday night prior to kick off.
In turn, his players certainly delivered and although results elsewhere meant that they didn't make up ground, Milan's current form is particularly reassuring.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Gianluigi Donnarumma, 6 -- It was a quiet night for the young shot-stopper, but he remained alert to any danger that the hosts posed and dealt with it with minimal fuss.
DF Ignazio Abate, 7 -- An impressive performance from the Italian international and it is hoped that he can stay fit and enjoy a strong run of form. Provided an assist for the first goal and was solid defensively while marauding forward when possible.
DF Cristian Zapata, 7 -- There was concern ahead of kick off about the Colombian's inclusion in place of Alex. However, he silenced his doubters with a commanding performance free of mistakes to nullify the Palermo threat.
DF Alessio Romagnoli, 6 -- Slight concern just before half time when he lost Alberto Gilardino in the box, but aside from that it was another mature display from the youngster who continues to make the position his own.
DF Luca Antonelli, 6 -- Caused Palermo plenty of problems in the first half as he linked up well with Giacomo Bonaventura down the left hand side. Was asked to do more defending in the second half, and it was a solid all-round performance.
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MF Keisuke Honda, 6 -- The 29-year-old continues to work hard for the team from a defensive perspective, but he's putting it together with more confidence in the final third where his decision-making is improving and he is becoming more and more influential.
MF Riccardo Montolivo, 6 -- Forced off just before the hour mark, but it wasn't before he produced a good performance as he read the game well to win back possession before pushing play forward.
MF Juraj Kucka, 7 -- Picked up from where he left off in the Derby della Madonnina, as he produced another dominant display in midfield, which helped Milan dictate the tempo and control possession.
MF Giacomo Bonaventura, 6 -- Always looking to make something happen, Bonaventura remains the creative hub of this Milan side as his directness and ability on the ball make him a problem for any side.
FW M'Baye Niang, 6 -- Apart from arguing with his teammate over taking the penalty, Niang's pace and movement caused problems for Palermo. Worked hard for the team but just needs to add consistency and a bit more cleverness to his game.
FW Carlos Bacca, 7 -- The Colombian striker is now up to 12 league goals for the season, as he proved once again how decisive he can be. However, his effort and commitment off the ball to help his team defend is also what makes him a crucial player for Milan.
MF Andrea Bertolacci, 5 -- Struggled to get up to the speed of the game and was fairly sloppy in possession.
FW Mario Balotelli, N/A -- Threatened to add to Milan's lead late on and will hope to continue to build up his minutes.
MF Andrea Poli, N/A -- Added solidity in midfield in the closing stages.
Sumeet Paul covers AC Milan for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @SP_Calcio.