AC Milan have made several changes to their squad this summer, signing nine players and parting ways with quite a few as well. As a result, Stefano Pioli has also decided to use different tactics for the current season.
In the opener against Bologna, which the Rossoneri prevailed 2-0, they looked like a completely different team compared to last season. Today’s edition of Gazzetta Dello Sport (see image below) has taken a closer look at the main changes.
In the defensive phase, Milan are pressing very high with Tijjani Reijnders acting almost as a second striker at times. He forms a four-man initial press along with the other attackers, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek drops down.
When going forward, Reijnders and Loftus-Cheek both push up high and thus allow the wingers to stay wide. To make up for the lost midfield presence, Davide Calabria and Theo Hernandez (or just the former) act as inverted full-backs.
As became clear in the opener, Milan like to put their wingers in place and that certainly makes sense with Pulisic and Leao on the flanks.