GdS: Giampaolo’s flaws and the concerns of the board – the situation

By Oliver Fisher -

There are several doubts currently surrounding AC Milan both on a technical level and at board level, according to a report.

The Rossoneri have started the season with two wins and two defeats from their opening four games, but have scored just once from open play (twice in total) in that period.

As per La Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday, Saturday’s 2-0 derby defeat to Inter has ‘made Milan more fragile than it already was’.

Interestingly, they add that it would not be a surprise to see speculation surrounding his potential sacking intensify if things do not turn around quickly.

Giampaolo’s shortcomings

The report notes that the new coach has not yet managed to impose his vision onto the team and as such has had to make do with ‘adjustments, corrections and adaptations’. 

His usual 4-3-1-2 was quickly deviated from: at times we have seen the 4-3-3, and even a sort of ‘indeterminable’ 4-3-2-1. 

Giampaolo’s lack of stability tactically has ‘created insecurities’ – La Gazzetta adds – which has ‘disoriented’ players like Krzysztof Piatek.

The leadership’s thoughts

Giampaolo has to shoulder some of the blame, but the report continues by noting that the club signed him players who were not compatible with his ideas.

As a result, he has so far preferred to make do with what was already there from last season, something perfectly summed up by the fact Lucas Biglia has started three out of the four games so far this season

Elliott Management’s choice was to sign players from mid-level clubs and not top clubs, but their objectives are purely financial: they want to resell the club to make money in time.

With a limited budget available, Boban and Maldini did their best in the mercato, hoping to find a future champion.

The report concludes by posing a damning question: “It is not even clear if there was a unanimous agreement on the hiring of Giampaolo: did Boban share and share Maldini’s decision?”


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