AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli once again refused to rule out the idea of moving away from the 4-2-3-1 formation if it seemed like the right choice.
Given the team’s struggles so far in the calendar year of 2021, there have been a number of reports suggesting that the Rossoneri could try a new system in order to try and adapt better both to opponents but also the strengths of their own squad.
Pioli spoke to the media at Milanello on the eve of the game against Udinese at San Siro and was questioned about the potential of a new system with his comments transcribed by MilanNews and translated below.
Pioli was asked by a reporter: “Have you ever thought about changing formation?”
His response seemed to leave the option open: “When you make a tactical choice you always look for and against. I would be ready to change something if it were needed. With the victory against Roma we have shown that we are on the right path. Now we have become a recognised danger for the opponents who they are more careful in dealing with us.”
A follow-up question was: “Will you ever change the way you play based on your opponent?”
“The games change a lot if you go ahead or behind. We have to follow our script, we have to take the field with clear rules and the right equipment. Obviously then the games change and you have to be lucid to better read the various situations.”
Calciomercato.com recently reported that the alternatives that best suit the characteristics of the squad – and therefore the two systems that he is likely to consider changing to – are the 4-3-3 and/or 4-4-2, but we argued in favour of a three-man defence.