CM: Pioli left pondering as two tactical alterations have sacrificed Milan’s defensive stability

By Oliver Fisher -

Head coach Stefano Pioli is hoping to shore up the defence in the upcoming fixtures after Milan let in too many goals in the last three league games.

The Rossoneri may have only conceded nine goals in Serie A so far which is the joint second-best defensive record in the league along with Roma and behind Napoli, but six of these goals came in the last three rounds of action making the games more complicated than they should have been, and there have been only three clean sheets so far in all competitions.

Calciomercato.com notes how there is perhaps a link between Mike Maignan’s injury and the promotion of Ciprian Tatarusanu but it is hard to blame the Romanian as he could do little about any of the goals he has conceded so far.

Two other factors are having a greater influence and one of these is the athletic data. Milan are now known for playing an intense pressing style and the many injuries are having inevitable repercussions on the collective performance with the absences beginning to way on certain things such as the ground covered and the effectiveness of the press.

Secondly, there is a more offensive tactical stance than last season as Rafael Leao’s explosion on the left flank means that more spaces are left behind him compared to Ante Rebic who covers more ground up and down the flank.

In addition, the report mentions that the central midfielders are pushing forward both in the possession phase and in the pressing phase which is why there are more dangerous counter-attacks being suffered, more one-on-one duels being conceded and ultimately more goals let in. Balance is key.


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  1. Vero Rossonero says:

    The smaller version of this picture in the main web page made me think he was sitting on a toilet. I was like, dude.

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