GdS: Pioli using ‘old English WM’ formation at Milan – Bennacer’s possibilities

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has brought an unfamiliar formation to the club in his limited time in charge, a report claims.

There were plenty of positive signs from Sunday night’s 2-2 draw against Lecce despite the heartbreak of the 92nd minute equaliser conceded, one of which was Pioli’s seemingly revolutionary tactical approach.

According to Wednesday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport – as cited by MilanNews.it – the Diavolo lined up with an unusual 3-2-2-3 formation first used in Italy in the mid 1950s.

This is a system that includes three pure defenders, a quadrilateral of midfield formed by two who cover the midfield and two who are ready to support the attack, plus three strikers who occupy the entire final third.

Given the performance seen by Milan especially in the first half, it was certainly a very interesting experiment and one that Pioli is ‘expected to keep working on’ in training.

Against Lecce, in the middle of the field Biglia and Kessie played in front of the defense, while Paquetà and Calhanoglu were positioned behind the attackers.

In the future, it is possible that Bennacer could come in for Biglia in order to keep up the high intensity, the report concludes.


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