Head coach Marco Giampaolo has essentially confirmed that he will scrap his favoured 4-3-1-2 system at AC Milan in favour of another formation.
The Rossoneri were hugely disappointing in the opening game of their 2019-20 Serie A campaign, falling to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Udinese.
Milan never really got going in the game and looked tired from the start, with perhaps the worst indicator being that they failed to record a single shot on target.
A lot of talk in preseason had been about Giampaolo’s 4-3-1-2 and whether certain players would be able to adapt – especially Suso.
Now, it appears that the Milan boss has confessed that it doesn’t work and he will try use another formation, mentioning 4-3-3 as a possible option.
“My vision of Milan is very different. It’s not just Suso and Castillejo, but Piatek too. He has the movements of a centre-forward,” Giampaolo told Sky Italia after the game (via Football Italia).
“Suso is an extraordinary player, but he probably has different characteristics and we need to get them to play in their natural roles. We’ll have to work on it and certainly in a different way, probably 4-3-3.
“It’s not their fault, they have tried really hard, but I mustn’t try to transform their very nature. That is not my job. I have to make the most of these players and their qualities.
“Until today, we didn’t see that so clearly. I thought at the start that it was just Suso becoming a trequartista, but we have to look beyond that, take some principles and try to completely reorganise everything upfront.
“Even if we had won the game, that would be the case. We are sterile, I don’t like the movements in attack, this team is not suited to this football.”
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