CM: Pioli’s Milan revolution – the 3-2-3-2 system and the ‘Le-Pia’ pairing

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is ready to explore the idea of playing Rafael Leao and Krzysztof Piatek together, a report claims.

Despite the heartbreak provided by Marco Calderoni in the 92nd minute there were many positives to take from Sunday night’s 2-2 draw with Lecce in Pioli’s first game as Milan boss.

One of those positives was Piatek scoring from open play for the first time in five months: the time ‘il Pistolero’ netted a goal that wasn’t a penalty was back on 19 May against Frosinone.

The Poland international provided a fitting response to being dropped from the starting XI and in the process gave his manager a dilemma.

As per Calciomercato.com, Pioli will now try and find a way to combine the exuberance of Leao with Piatek’s killer instinct and make the the two coexist in perfect harmony.

It will take hard work in training and elements of experimentation, because at the moment Pioli believes Leao is too raw to be played as an out-and-out winger.

We may already see changed for the game against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico this coming weekend though, as the report claims that it ‘seems a sacrilege’ to leave one of Leao or Piatek on the bench.

Of course amongst this narrative is Suso, a player who is struggling to find form and apparently could be relegated to a place on the bench for the game against the Giallorossi.

In a 3-2-3-2 system not too dissimilar to the one seen in possession against Lecce, the ‘Le-Pia’ option could take the field with Calhanoglu, Paquetà and perhaps Rebic behind – but it is at the moment moment a suggestion and not concrete.


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