GdS: Bennacer at the centre of Giampaolo’s ‘Christmas tree revolution’

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Marco Giampaolo is set to ditch the 4-3-1-2 in favour of a 4-3-2-1 formation against Brescia, a report claims.

Things did not exactly go to plan in the opening game of the season against Udinese as the Rossoneri lost 1-0 and failed to register a single shot on goal.

The showing was so bad that Giampaolo told Sky Italia after the game (via Football Italia) that he is considering scrapping the 4-3-1-2 in favour of a 4-3-3.

According to Wednesday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (as cited by, Giampaolo may in fact opt against the 4-3-3 as well in favour of a formation we have not seen Milan use for many years.

The report states that a change to playing with wingers is not suited to the former Sampdoria boss as he favours compactness in his systems.

For this reason, a return to the ‘Christmas tree’ formation seems on the cards, La Gazzetta states, last used by Carlo Ancelotti over 10 years ago.

In this formation, Krzysztof Piatek would be able to operate as a centre-forward, with Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu in behind.

One of the most important changes, the paper writes, will be the introduction of Ismael Bennacer at regista – while Lucas Paqueta and Franck Kessie willl be to the left and right of him respectively.

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