MN: Three options for Giampaolo’s Milan; Rebic the trequartista

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Marco Giampaolo is considering three different combinations and systems for his team, a report claims.

It seemed as though Giampaolo would implement his favoured 4-3-1-2 system, but it all changed when the Rossoneri failed to register a single shot on target against Udinese in the opening game of the season.

Giampaolo told Sky Italia after the game (via Football Italia) that he is considering scrapping the 4-3-1-2 in favour of a 4-3-3, and against Brescia a 4-3-2-1 was used.

However, the deadline day signing of Ante Rebic has added yet another twist, and according to there are three potential considerations that Giampaolo is taking into account.

Having four defenders and three central midfielders are the only two things which are certain at the moment, and the rest can change depending on the opponent and selection preferences.

The first option is a 4-3-1-2 with Ante Rebic playing the role of attacking midfielder, MilanNews claims, like in 2010-11 when Max Allegri used Kevin-Prince Boateng in that position. The Croatian would play behind Krzysztof Piatek and Suso. 

Another option is the return of the 4-3-3 played for the vast majority of last season under Gennaro Gattuso, under which Rebic would be on the left wing, Piatek the centre-forward and Suso on the right.

On the occasions when Rebic needs rest, another summer signing in Rafael Leao would then come into play.

With the Portugal U21 international, Giampaolo could rely again on 4-3-1-2, but one where Leao would play next to Piatek, while Suso would play in behind but in a decentralised position.

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