GdS: Castillejo could start at trequartista vs. Inter – the options…

By Oliver Fisher -

Head coach Marco Giampaolo is reportedly picking from a number of options in the number ten position as the Milan derby approaches.

The Rossoneri head into Saturday’s fixture against Inter having won their last two games in Serie A, but hardly looking particularly convincing while doing so.

A 1-0 home win against Brescia before the international break was followed up by a victory against Hellas Verona by the same margin, though the game was won by a Krzysztof Piatek penalty with the home side having played 70 minutes with ten men.

Giampaolo is still searching for the perfect formula it seems, and none of the six summer signings started at the Stadio MarcAntonio Bentegodi on Sunday.

News outlets seem to disagree on whether the formal Sampdoria boss will continue with the 4-3-1-2 he has used for the last few years and implemented over the summer, use a 4-3-3 or even a 4-3-2-1.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via @teammilanac on Twitter) earlier predicted that the latter will be used with Suso and Ante Rebic in behind Piatek.

However, the same outlet have provided an update, detailing the complex nature of the dilemma Giampaolo is currently tackling.

They suggest that the boss will pick one player for the derby who he considers to be a playmaker, with Suso a certainty as some who can drift out to the right where he is more comfortable.

Giacomo Bonaventura – although seen as someone who can play as a No.10 when fully fit – is not yet ready to play and thus could be excluded.

Rebic meanwhile is seen as either a winger or a support striker, the report adds, hence why he came on at half time in Verona and the switch to a 4-3-3 was made.

Therefore, it is between Lucas Paqueta and Samu Castillejo for the position.

Giampaolo has settled the incident with the Brazilian over his social media post, as numerous reports have stated, but the coach sees him more as a midfielder where Hakan Calhanoglu is currently seen untouchable. 

Castillejo meanwhile is a player that Giampaolo seems to like, having started him twice already this season, and he sees him as a true attacking midfielder.

However, there are concerns about playing in a front three with Piatek, but the selection of the former Villarreal man from the first minute on Saturday cannot be excluded, La Gazzetta concludes.

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Tags AC Milan Ante Rebic Lucas Paqueta Samu Castillejo Suso
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