MN: Messias tried in midfield three by Pioli in training ahead of Inter game

By Oliver Fisher -

Junior Messias was tried in an unprecedented role in training today as Stefano Pioli continues preparations for the derby, a report claims.

The build up to the game so far has been dominated by the news of a potential formation change by Pioli to try and make his side more compact and also give the defensive line more protection after conceding 18 goals in the last seven games.

According to what is being reported by MilanNews, Pioli carried out various tests in training in view of Sunday evening’s derby against Inter, which has an added importance given the dreadful start to 2023.

In particular the article mentions that the Milan boss tried Junior Messias as a mezzala in the 4-3-3, with Sandro Tonali and Rade Krunic joining him in the midfield three and Alexis Saelemaekers on the right side of the attack.

It would be a position that Messias has played before during his time at Crotone but rarely, and he has never performed that role for Milan before.

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  1. Forget about Messias, what I would really like to know is what the hell happened to Maignan… come on, this guy hasn’t played in fvckin SIX months, which for a goalkeeper would be like, I don’t know, two years for a field player.

    Therefore, I repeat the question I already asked here: will this guy ever play at a high level again? I mean, it’s not a rhetorical question or some sort of provocation, I really mean it.

  2. I can’t help feeling that they’re hiding something very serious about this case, there’s something rotten in the Kingdom of Milanello regarding all this…

  3. The man was scheduled to return to play in November, then right after the Cup, then mid-January, now who knows when… this couldn’t get any weirder and more suspicious.

    1. He’s supposed to return within 2 weeks. We’ll see. A calf issue? For 4 months? Shady. We have virtually no chance against Spurs and we have slipped out of the top 4 already.

  4. saele fit for mezzala role. more than messias. but before the two there are other that naturally play as one…so… this is awkward

    1. Both Pobega and Vranckx have been terrible but I agree Saelemaekers seems a better fit given the whole point of the formation switch is to provide better cover for the defense!

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