MN: The reasons Pioli is strongly considering fielding Kessie as a trequartista vs. Inter

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan will go into the derby on Saturday night with only one real certainty known at this point regarding their line-up, and that is the starting formation.

According to MilanNews, head coach Stefano Pioli will not abandon the 4-2-3-1 system that has served him well so far, but one of his major doubts is about who he should play as the attacking midfielder. He is ‘seriously weighing up’ playing Franck Kessie in that position, because Brahim Diaz is not going through the best period of form.

Not only that, but Kessie brings plenty of his own merits. He has the physicality, the size and intensity to really disrupt Marcelo Brozovic, who is the lynchpin of Simone Inzaghi’s Inter and a player that deserves special attention.

Ismael Bennacer and Sandro Tonali are in good form and rhythm, so they could both be inserted into the line-up if Pioli does field Kessie as the No.10. Meanwhile, Kessie himself is back in excellent shape after the Africa Cup of Nations.

It is still early to say with certainty whether Pioli will use Kessie behind the striker, but the feeling is that the coach will try it concretely in the sessions between now and Saturday, because with Tonali, Bennacer and Kessie on the pitch all together they would have a better chance of matching Inter for physicality.

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Tags AC Milan Franck Kessie Inter Milan


  1. Everyone knows the reason, Brahim has been playing like crap since he got covid. He is still trying to find his form from the beginning of the season… or maybe that was luck. He’s been so god awful, I can’t be sure anymore.

  2. Kessie is very good but Rebic is more of a threat, he should be in the 10,played there before, Kessie will be playing not to get injured.

  3. Can we please try leao as centre forward again…I know it ddnt work so well last time out but he’s matured a bit…he can be our Tammy Abraham

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