CorSera: Pioli to change formation in bid to help Milan rediscover ‘quality’ and ‘heart’

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are looking for revenge in the derby tonight after they were beaten 3-0 in the Supercoppa Italiana against Inter less than three weeks ago.

Corriere della Sera (via MilanNews) recalls how since that defeat in Saudi Arabia Milan’s league situation has also become complicated after a 4-0 loss away at Lazio and a 5-2 defeat at home against Sassuolo.

It has been a nightmare January for Stefano Pioli, who now wants to reverse the trend starting tonight with a positive result. However, it is one thing to say it and another thing to actually succeed, but tonight we need to rediscover the spirit of the side who won the Scudetto in May.

It is on this aspect that mister Pioli is working the most as he confirmed it himself at the press conference, preaching the need for ‘quality, lucidity and a lot of heart’ above all.

The two formations that seem possible tonight are the 4-3-3 or 3-5-2, but either way Pioli seems to have decided that a two-man midfield did not bring the results he wanted and didn’t balance the team.

Rade Krunic and Sandro Tonali are certain of a starting shirt, while Junior Messias is ahead of Tommaso Pobega and Aster Vranckx in the battle for the third spot.

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  1. Start with playing newcomers and give them the confidence. Prima Donna’s whose future isnt commited to Milan can be ball pickers. No more pet players like Diaz n Krunic. Perhaps a new identity will show up.

  2. I suggest use : 4-3-1-2
    3 men mid : Tonali, Bennacer, Pobega/Krunic
    1 Trequartista : CDK
    2 Strikers : Giroud – Leao

    Saelemaekers still can be mezzala or RB.

    And Leao is a striker, at first place. And a world-class player like Leao, should play more at center, involved at build up, take more risks (shoots & dribbles), and join the high pressing. It should bloom him to be one of the best Strikers in the world, competing Erling Haaland.

    Spare the width to WB (Theo & Calabria/Saelemaekers).

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