GdS: Pioli may consider 3-4-1-2 to accommodate Ibrahimovic-Piatek pairing

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli may reportedly consider switching formation to accommodate both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Krzysztof Piatek in the same XI.

Ibrahimovic appears to be closing in on a return to the Rossoneri, as on Monday night La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that the Swede has told close friends of his decision to move back to Milan, with some economic agreements still to be ironed out.

Il Corriere della Sera (via MilanNews.it) then added that Ibrahimovic is now one step away from Milan, with the negotiations now at an advanced stage.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday – as cited by MilanNews.itPiatek’s comments after the 3-2 win over Bologna suggest that the Pole is more than happy to play alongside Ibra.

Although the former PSG man tended to look best when playing alongside more technical second strikers like Robinho, Alexandre Pato and Antonio Cassano, he has also made it work in other situations.

He formed a formidable partnership with David Trezeguet at Juventus plus with Hernan Crespo, Adriano and Julio Cruz at Inter.

If Piatek can play a game like the one he did against Bologna where his hold-up play and involvement in the game was encouraging, then Pioli will consider playing the two together.

The paper adds that a remodelling of the formation would be needed though, and that a 3-4-1-2 could be used having already been tested at Milanello.

In this formation, Hakan Calhanoglu would be in behind (or Bonaventura or Paquetà) while Theo Hernandez and Andrea Conti would advance to being wing-backs.

Tags AC Milan Krzysztof Piatek Zlatan Ibrahimovic