AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli is earning a reputation as being one of the best tacticians in Serie A as his ideas continue to bring results, a report claims.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) report how Pioli knows the strengths and weaknesses of the team perfectly and knows how to rotate his players according to the moment, the needs and the opponent. The paper describes him as ‘a wizard of tactics’ because of his ability to adapt to situations, reinventing Milan as the needs dictate.
In response to the 4-2-3-1 of Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli on Sunday night for example, he had the intuition of moving to a more flexible 4-1-4-1, with Tonali a Regista and Kessie alongside Bennacer to give muscle.
Pioli is always finding new solutions such as utilising Mike Maignan’s long balls or the cuts inside from the full-backs (Theo Hernandez above all), and then of course the move to put Kessie as an attacking midfielder against Empoli plus the use of Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a quarterback. With Pioli at the helm, Milan will get the most out of their squad.