Giampaolo on Suso’s position, Bennacer vs. Biglia and Bonaventura’s state

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Marco Giampaolo has hinted that he will persist with Suso as a trequartista despite doubts over the Spaniard’s form there.

Giampaolo arrived from Sampdoria following Gennaro Gattuso’s departure at the end of the season, and spent the preseason trying to implement his 4-3-1-2 system on the squad.

Suso though was heavily linked with a move away from Milan during the summer by a number of outlets as doubts arose over his potential to adapt to the new system.

Despite this, he managed to impress in preseason and has started all four of Milan’s Serie A games so far, though concerns still remain about whether the No.10 position is his best.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reported earlier on Wednesday that Giampaolo is set to persist with the 4-3-1-2 and stick with Suso as a trequartista.

Giampaolo though gave nothing away when asked in the pre-match press conference whether Suso’s position is fixed.

“He started behind the strikers on Saturday, but then returned to playing out wide after 15-20 minutes,” Giampaolo told reporters (via

“We played with three pure strikers. It is not a problem of position. I don’t mind when he is a playmaker.

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“It is the synthesis between the characteristics of the midfielders to make the differences: there is not only Suso, I must find the square among all the attackers I have.”

The boss was also asked about whether he will start Lucas Biglia or Ismael Bennacer, as well as the battle for the left-back spot. Again, he gave little away.

“I’ll play either Bennacer or Biglia and then either Rodriguez or Hernandez.”

Giampaolo did however open up a bit more on Giacomo Bonaventura’s situation.

“He’s much better, he is growing day by day. Tomorrow he could carve out a space.

“Jack can play in the midfield or in the front three. It depends on the way he plays, he can do everything.

“He can be a winger, a mezz’ala, a playmaker – it depends on what you ask for in that role.”

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