MN: Brahim Diaz on the right could be more than a temporary solution for Milan

By Oliver Fisher -

Brahim Diaz’s move out to the right side of the attack produced great results in the 4-0 win over Napoli, and now it could become a more permanent solution for the season finale.

MilanNews have published a piece on Brahim, recalling that after the goal that earned qualification for the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Spurs, the Spaniard was again decisive in big game with an assist and a goal versus Napoli.

By now the attributes that Brahim has are well known: he has great technical ability, he is both footed, skilled in dribbling and beating a man but he is rarely the winner when it comes to physical duels.

Stefano Pioli saw this as well as the flexibility in his position on the pitch and the great work rate he offers and he decided to move him to the right wing for the Napoli game to exploit what he is best at.

In several key moments of the season such as Sunday’s match, the aforementioned two legs against Spurs and the game against Juventus at the San Siro Brahim was everywhere. Goals, assists, creativity, decisive players, conducting attacks and transitioning the ball.

Above all being on the right side gave the possibility of not being sucked into the often hectic and crowded centre part of the pitch where he would not have the space to exploit.

By now Milan fans are used to Pioli’s intuitions, from using Tonali as a second striker to Rade Krunic and Franck Kessie as an attacking midfielder. Brahim wide on the right could be the next, but the Napoli game can’t be a flash in the pan.

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  1. Milan have the players to play 433. I just don’t understand why Pioli hasn’t done this sooner instead of switching to a 3421 formation or trying to still use 4231 especially against teams like Inter who play 352.

    433 gives our defense extra protection and Diaz and Leao has the freedom to cut inside to create and score goals.

    With 433 Vranckx, Adli, and Pobega will find more space in the team.

    1. “With 433 Vranckx, Adli, and Pobega will find more space in the team.”

      Wishful thinking. Even Bakayoko has surpassed them and gets the minutes the others would deserve.

  2. Tell that to Pioli. Take nothing away from Pioli, (and i wont give him a penny weights more either) he simply just did what was most obvious in the Napoli game. How he must play his players stares him straight in the face, and yet….

  3. I’ve been saying since his Arsenal days, Bennacer is a player to be utilised in the hole behind a striker in 4231. He’s a Modric/Verratti type of player – agile with great vision and passing ability but also tracks back, plays the ball from the deep and gives the team needed cover converting the midfield of two into three when defending.

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