GdS: Formation trick by Pioli sent Verona into confusion – how it helped Milan

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan managed to come back from behind to win their game against Hellas Verona 3-1 last night. As most of the fans noticed, the Rossoneri played with a slightly different shape and that was all Stefano Pioli’s work. 

Sandro Tonali bagged a brace for Milan on his birthday, celebrating in style. Alessandro Florenzi sealed the deal just two minutes after coming off the bench, further proving that Pioli did everything right for the clash.

As highlighted by Gazzetta Dello Sport (via MilanNews), Verona were confused as Milan played with Tonali very high up the pitch. Indeed, it was more or less a 4-1-4-1 formation and it’s the same trick that stunned Napoli at San Paolo.

With ‘less build-up’, although it emerged in other areas, Milan were able to attack Verona more and Tonali ended up having a big impact. After the 2-1 goal, Pioli reverted to the 4-2-3-1 and he can be very pleased with the performance of the Rossoneri.

Tags AC Milan Hellas Verona Stefano Pioli


  1. Nice wrinkle. I think this really shows what Milan need. Having an attacking player who actually can hold the ball up as opposed to trying little flicks, quick crosses or frantic runs into the teeth of the defense seems to open much more space. You could feel how much harder Verona had to work to keep their shape as Milan worked the ball in the offense third. I know the goals were scored when the game was stretched but for me it was being able to maintain possession in threatening areas that made the difference.

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