Giampaolo responds to rumours he will scrap his philosophy at Milan

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Marco Giampaolo has hit back at the idea that he is abandoning his philosophy after just one game.

The Rossoneri slipped to dismal 1-0 defeat in their opening game of the season against Udinese, failing to register a single shot on target in the process.

Giampaolo told Sky Italia after the game (via Football Italia) that he is considering scrapping the 4-3-1-2 that was worked on all through preseason.

Sky Italia – as cited by MilanNews.it – then stated that Milan would return to the 4-3-3, which was ironically previous head coach Gennaro Gattuso’s favoured system.

Giampaolo discussed a potential change in system in his press conference ahead of the game against Brescia on Saturday, and addressed the idea he will completely alter his plans.

“I had said that we would be competitive, but I expected a different kind of game against Udinese,” Giampaolo told reporters.

“I expected Udinese to counter attack as their main plan of attack. For me, Milan cannot have that type of attitude, we must play in the opponent’s half.

“My first day at Milan I said something very specific: We’ll require time, we need to build our collective knowledge, something this team needs to simulate.

“This is a team that is working hard, they’re very committed to our ideas. However there are things to sort out.

“I saw the players reaction towards the defeat last week, they’ve worked hard.

“We talked about the game [me and the directors]. It’s important to dialogue. It’s important to understand the things we did right and things we did wrong. From that understanding we can develop on what we did so far.

“In our ideas nothing will change. I might change a player’s position to suit their characteristics better, but I do not change the basic philosophy I want my team to play with.

“Players will always make mistakes, they’re humans, the key thing is to have fun. The important thing is that the players are completely committed to what we are doing.

“The team’s attitude is the only thing that matters. I’m happy with how they’ve been working.”

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