Tuttosport: Pioli studying alternative formations including three-man defence and two strikers

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is reportedly studying a couple of alternative formations to make his team more tactically versatile.

According to this morning’s edition of Tuttosport (via MilanNews), Pioli who once again lean heavily on the 4-2-3-1 system which got Milan a second-placed finish last season, but in order to keep things fresh he has also been looking at some other ways to line his team up, as he wants a dynamic team capable of adapting to all occasions and opponents.

Among the possible innovations there is also a three-man defence as seen in the first two friendlies against Pro Sesto and Modena, when a 3-4-2-1 system was seen with Theo Hernandez getting up in line with the midfielders. Of course, the absence of a natural right-back must be noted.

Another possible tactical variant compared to last season, as per the newspaper, could be a front two which gives rise to the idea of a 3-4-1-2 or 4-4-2. Pioli is seriously considering the possibility of fielding two centre-forwards like Ibrahimovic and Giroud together.

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