GdS: Pioli considering three different formations and starting XIs for Juventus clash

By Oliver Fisher -

The second leg of Milan’s Coppa Italia semi-final away at Juventus will be the first game back after the stop due to Coronavirus, but the Rossoneri travel to Turin with a bit of an emergency.

The first leg ended 1-1 after Cristiano Ronaldo’s late penalty cancelled out Ante Rebic’s opener, but Milan will take on the return leg without Ibrahimovic, Castillejo and Theo Hernandez – all suspended.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport on Sunday (via MilanLive) there are three formations that Stefano Pioli is studying and evaluating to try to surprise Juve and get his side into final.

The first option is a return to a 4-3-3 which would include the usual defensive line, with the Calabria and Laxalt battling for the left-back spot and a midfield of Kessie, Bennacer and one of Paquetà or Bonaventura .

In attack Rebic would be moved to the right, with Calhanoglu on the left and Rafael Leao as the centre-forward.

The second option sees Rebic partner Leao in attack, with Conti battling Saelemaekers for the right midfield position plus Calabria and Laxalt at right-back and left-back respectively.

Finally, the third option would be to stick with the 4-2-3-1 that was seen before the break, with Leao up front supported by Rebic, Calhanoglu and Paqueta, with Conti RB and Calabria/Laxalt at LB.

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