CM: Another formation change for Pioli as Milan boss reverts to 4-3-3

By Oliver Fisher -

Stefano Pioli may be set to change formation yet again by deploying the 4-3-3 he used at the start of his reign at AC Milan.

Pioli has been forced to reshuffle slightly as Hakan Calhanoglu was not called up to the 21-man squad because of a muscular problem.

Initially, the general consensus was that the Rossonero boss would choose a new trequartista behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic and upon the announcement of the starting line-ups, it appeared Lucas Paqueta would be that man.

The Brazilian will make his first start in three months for the Rossoneri following a turbulent January full of speculation about his future at the club and his off-field life.

However, Calciomercato.com’s Daniele Longo is now reporting that Milan are in fact starting the game with a 4-3-3 formation, with Paqueta acting as a box-to-box midfielder.

This would mean that Ante Rebic and Samu Castillejo flank Ibrahimovic up top, with Ismael Bennacer and Franck Kessie protecting the back four.

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