AC Milan and Inter are among the two favourites for the Scudetto next season, and both have had an interesting summer for different reasons.
Today’s edition of Corriere della Sera (via PianetaMilan) takes a look at the Milan derby and the situation of the two teams heading into 2023-24, with both sides having failed to challenge Napoli last year.
Compared to Stefano Pioli, Simone Inzaghi starts from a more consolidated base. He has had a fair few departures, but the formation and tactics will remain the same as will the majority of the starting XI.
Inter are currently relying on Barella-Calhanoglu-Mkhitaryan as a midfield trio. The new players like Frattesi, Cuadrado and Thuram will try to get a spot in the team ASAP.
Behind that, Inter only changed their goalkeeper but it does affect things quite a lot because Yann Sommer isn’t the added outfield player that Andre Onana had become. A high level of attention is needed in the defensive phase, therefore.
Milan have more depth than last year, however the starting formation will change from a 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 so the balance needs to be strengthened quickly. Distances must be covered and the defence protected.
Sandro Tonali’s absence must not be felt and Pioli will once again rely on Rade Krunic as the regista. Tijjani Reijnders is the most positive note from preseason, while a front three of Chukwueze-Giroud-Leao could spread the attack.
There are many options for Milan, given that Noah Okafor is not Giroud’s deputy but Leao’s, and then Christian Pulisic remains the wild card.