AC Milan are ready to return to the 4-3-3 formation under head coach Marco Giampaolo, according to a report.

The Rossoneri are believed to have spent all preseason working on Giampaolo’s preferred 4-3-1-2 system which he used with Empoli and Sampdoria.

However, the dreadful 1-0 defeat to Udinese to begin the campaign caused Giampaolo to tell Sky Italia after the game (via Football Italia) that he is considering scrapping the 4-3-1-2.

Sky – as cited by MilanNews.it – recently reported that Milan will return to using the 4-3-3 as Giampaolo alluded to, and now another outlet has backed up that claim.

Wednesday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) claims that Giampaolo will indeed switch to a 4-3-3 formation moving forward.

It was a system used by previous managers Vincenzo Montella and Gennaro Gattuso, however the report adds that Giampaolo’s interpretation ‘will be different’ from that of the aforementioned duo.

Specifics are not mentioned, though we can speculate that it might mean that the ‘wingers’ play more as wide forwards – i.e. slightly narrower and occasionally dropping in behind the centre-forward.


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