GdS: Pioli expected to revert to four-man defence – trust in Leao and Krunic

By Oliver Fisher -

It was after the 5-2 home defeat against Sassuolo that Stefano Pioli decided to change formation to a three-man defence, but he will reportedly revert to four at the back after the international break.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) recall how playing with three centre-backs did seem to make a positive impact at first as a run of clean sheets followed, but now the Rossoneri cannot score goals and have stopped keeping them out too.

The paper claims Pioli will revert to a back four for Sunday’s game against Napoli in which winger Rafael Leao should start wide on the left again, that is the role in which he has shown he can be more dangerous and where he would be accompanied by Theo Hernandez on the same flank.

The role of attacking midfielder would then go to Rade Krunic who will have the double task of making himself dangerous with his runs into the box but also giving a hand in the defensive phase to the pairing of Sandro Tonali and Ismael Bennacer in midfield.

Last season in the decisive moments of the Scudetto race, the decision to play with a more all-round midfielder in the No.10 role brought positive results, especially with Franck Kessie playing there.

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