The idea has once again been floated that AC Milan could use a three-man defence in the second part of the season, according to a report.
La Gazzetta dello Sport report that the hypothesis of a three-man back line ‘has been making room in Pioli’s thoughts’ since the summer, so much so that the Rossoneri coach even spoke about it several times in his press conferences.
“We have strong wingers and three aggressive centre-backs, let’s see,” he remarked. Any eventual formation change depends on the players involved, because without two wing-backs and at least two players for each role.
Pioli also spoke of a system capable of providing ‘versatility and solutions’ and he has been considering it more over the winter break, so much so that in the 3-2 friendly win against Lumezzane last week he used a 3-5-2 with Krunic and Pobega as wing-backs given Theo Hernandez is still at the World Cup, Ballo-Touré is on vacation and Davide Calabria is not yet ready after his injury.
Sandro Tonali and Ismael Bennacer can offer a solution for the midfield with Charles De Ketelaere a bit further forward, or maybe as a second striker together with Giroud. Theo could be used as a wing-back without issues while even Ballo-Toure has shown himself to be better going forward than defending.
There are more issues on the other side as Calabria is a full-back with different characteristics, though he could work well as a ‘balancer’ to free Theo, as well as Saelemakers. The Belgian has been used there before, while Sergino Dest is back from an excellent World Cup and could also occupy the right flank.
Florenzi still needs to recover but he could be an interesting solution, while the centre-back options of Tomori, Kalulu, Kjaer, Thiaw and Gabbia make that a strong area. In short, we may yet see more signs regarding a three-man defence.