Pioli responds to idea of position change for Saelemaekers and Milan’s over-reliance on individuals

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli believes that his team are not too reliant on individual brilliance and spoke about the idea of Alexis Saelemaekers being tried in a different role.

Pioli spoke to the reporters who gathered at Milanello on the eve of the game about a number of different topics including the recent struggles in the league and the threat that Inter pose, while he also discussed the notion that his side rely too much on individuals, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews and translated below.

“That has never been part of our mentality and this is not happening, but in the last two games we have dropped in terms of quality. We play as a team, trying to exploit the characteristics of individuals because we have strong players,” he said.

There has also been the suggestion floated by fans and pundits that Pioli should try fielded Saelemaekers in a central role both to get the best out of the Belgian but also to give Brahim Diaz a chance to regain his form without the pressure of being the only No.10.

On that idea, Pioli said: “Alexis also knows how to play in the middle of the field. He has to find a bit more quality to make decisive plays.”

Tags AC Milan Alexis Saelemaekers Stefano Pioli


  1. If anything he should show a willingness in fielding rebic on the right wing and also use messias as a cam if diaz isnt playing well.

  2. Three-man-defense, with Alex and Theo slightly forward roles in each wings. That way their pace can be exploited to the advantage of the team.

  3. “That has never been part of our mentality and this is not happening”.

    I don’t know what game this dude has been watching on the sideline, but he needs to wake up. Well, I don’t expect him to confirm this while talking to the press though…LoL… The attack is not dynamic, and it’s clear for all to see.

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