MN: Milan boss Pioli ready to scrap 4-3-3; Ibrahimovic from 1st minute in new system

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is ready to ditch the 4-3-3 formation he has used since his arrival and switch it up against Cagliari, a report claims.

As notes, the Rossoneri have not only failed to win in their last three games, but they have also not scored in the same period. The problem is starting to become serious, and a tactical revolution may be the only fix.

The report claims that Pioli is set to bid farewell to the 4-3-3 after Monday’s 0-0 draw with Sampdoria, with a 4-3-1-2 the most likely alternative at this point, but with the arrival of a defender in January a 3-5-2 could become the go-to.

The focal point of the previous three-pronged attack was supposed to be Suso, the main creative force for Milan over the last three seasons, however his form this season has not been up to usual standards. 

As a result, the Spaniard is likely be benched to give space for Rafael Leao and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to play together up front as we saw briefly against Samp.

A 4-3-1-2 could become a reality in Sardegna against Cagliari on Saturday. The system – used by Marco Giampaolo prior to his sacking – utilises the pairing of Ibra and Leao, which brought more chances towards the end of the goalless draw with the Blucerchiati.

The attacking midfielder is still unknown but the contenders are Giacomo Bonaventura, Hakan Calhanoglu and Lucas Paquetà. In midfield the only certainty is Bennacer, while Davide Calabria and Andrea Conti will battle for the right-back spot.

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