GdS: Tonali’s arrival could see Pioli try out a new formation but 4-2-3-1 still favoured

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli may deploy two different formations this season with the incoming midfield additions, a report claims.

It has been a busy past week for the Rossoneri as Paolo Maldini and the management have wrapped up deals for Brescia starlet Sandro Tonali and Real Madrid playmaker Brahim Diaz.

While Tiemoue Bakayoko’s return is not yet official, it is also expected that the Frenchman will join Stefano Pioli’s ranks ahead of the 2020-21 season.

According to Friday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews), Pioli now has a dilemma on his hands in terms of which formation to use, given the wealth of options available in midfield.

The starting system will be the 4-2-3-1 with which Milan did very well in the last few months of last season, but the arrival of Tonali could allow the Milan coach to use more formations, such as the 4-3-3.

This is because the Italy international can also play the mezzala without any problems, and could provide more balance in games where a midfield presence is needed.

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  1. 4-3-1-2 would be the ideal system to suit the team. Especially with this midfield trio. It suits Ibra playing up top with another striker either Leo or Rebic. You still get the best of Hankan finally playing as a number 10 – remember him playing left wing in a 4-3-3 , it didn’t fit to well, especially when you would have Ibra playing 9, dropping deep to link up play. You need someone with pace to bomb ahead of Ibra example Liverpool with Mane, Saha and Ferminio playing as their 9 . Though the team has done well with 4-2-3-1 we don’t really have enough natural wingers – Rebic and Leo are more second strikers with pace.

  2. We must not change our winning formation, unless it”s 3-4-2-1 with three central defenders in order to Theo and Conti can attack even more!

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