MN: Pioli aims for compactness and stability with tactical changes in last two games

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has made tactical tweaks that have brought the desired rewards in the two most recent wins, a report claims.

The draws against Salernitana and Udinese were followed up by important league victories against Napoli and Empoli and while Olivier Giroud and Pierre Kalulu deserve praise for being decisive with goals, MilanNews writes that Pioli’s innovations have brought positive changes.

In the last two Serie A matches, the Rossoneri played in a more compact way, keeping clean sheets in two straight games, something that hadn’t happened in the league since the beginning of December in 2-0 wins against Salernitana and Genoa.

Franck Kessie was deployed in the role of a disguised attacking midfielder and at the base of this choice was simple: to concede fewer goals. Now we are in the business end of the season, Pioli knows that leaving aside aesthetics is ok as long as wins arrive.

The midfield is then commanded by Ismael Bennacer and Sandro Tonali, leaving Brahim Diaz, but he is an important player who can have his say coming off the bench. For now, the team are working with a more balanced line-up and they must continue the good signs in Cagliari.

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