GdS: Players out of form and out of position – Pioli’s 4-2-3-1 has gone stale recently

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli might be thinking about some tweaks to his favourite formation as the team have become slow and predictable, a report claims.

This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) writes that the 4-2-3-1 Pioli uses has been a success up until this point, but the last match against Napoli said everything. Without several key players the team lost speed and became quite predictable, and part of that is because of certain players occupying positions that are different to how the system should work.

With the absence of Theo Hernandez and Rafael Leao, the Rossoneri lost dynamism on the left side, with Krunic often appearing out of position. In addition, Brahim Diaz has completely lost his form since recovering from Covid and the No.10 role is one that Milan cannot do without.

Finding a potential solution to the problems in the final third is why Pioli is paid well to be a head coach, and with Leao and Rebic out against Empoli he may choose to make some tweaks.

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  1. Sometimes a manager can over manage, Pioli a former player/defender needs to relax his ego, I will be willing to bet if he did not show up for a game the Rossoneri would win anyways, the game has changed since he has played, he needs to manage there style,strengths insteadof try change the player’s natural abilities. Two examples, earlier in the season Tonali was higher on the pitch in a more agressive role, now Pioli has him laying back except for corner kicks. Theo would run the length of the pitch to assist, now told to advance it to Krunic who is not creative at all, Saele is way more creative/agile. You notice when he came into the game against Napoli how the game changed as well as having Messias on the pitch. They may not play as Pioli desires but at least they push the ball towards the goal, and afterall is that not the idea.

    1. You’re correct. If you remember last season, Bonera managed a couple of games and I thought the team played quite well. Hauge played some of those games too and was impressive.

  2. Milan management should prevent Pioli from running Milan season form the second consecutive season as he is lack of tactics, it’s never been idea if the coach is unable to do the proper substitution during a match to change the team play during a match beside he is not able to motivate the players neither stop those whom are under performance for several games I strongly believe Milan is not place for trial for another season and gifting another schodetto to The Inter

  3. play banacca,Tonali and Kessie together either one to move and create Diaz should be on the bench.then put players who can bring different dimension like crossing from the wings to allow Giroud head or He create opportunity for wide players to drift in forward.
    Pioli should be creative n resourceful should also have a plan b c n d why not play Maldini instead of Diaz.

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