AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is likely to persist with the 4-4-2 formation he has tried in preseason while he waits for reinforcements from the mercato.
La Gazzetta dello Sport writes how there are numerous question marks about the formation that Milan will deploy heading into the new season after they stuck with the 4-2-3-1 system extensively last season, but we did see variations.
Two weeks from the end of the market, the only playmaker in the squad (apart from the young Daniel Maldini) is Brahim Diaz, and without another new face in that position the idea of a 4-4-2 would become even more concrete. Pioli is confident in the management bringing him further reinforcements, but while they are not here he has been forced to adapt.
Going from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-4-2 is not straightforward but it has its benefits. For example, during the game against Panathinaikos, Giroud appears more at ease with the two-striker system and was involved in practically all aspects of the offensive phase.
If Pioli does have to go with a 4-4-2 at the Marassi against Sampdoria in eight days time, then Ante Rebic will partner the Frenchman.