Pre-season and mercato key factors Pioli ponders formation change

By Isak Möller -

Stefano Pioli has always relied on the 4-2-3-1 formation since he joined AC Milan but things could change for the upcoming season. In fact, looking at where the Rossoneri are headed, the manager could use the 4-3-3 instead. 

Milan have signed Marco Sportiello, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Luka Romero and Christian Pulisic thus far. The Englishman thrives in a three-man midfield and the latter two are both wingers, which is a big hint.

Not to mention the fact that the Rossoneri still intend to sign another right-winger before the window closes, as well as two more midfielders. Therefore, the attacking midfield role – or the No.10 if you like – doesn’t appear to be that useful.

The pre-season will obviously be crucial as Pioli will get to see the new signings in action. For those games, he will be able to test different solutions and it remains to be seen which will come out on top.

Furthermore, the outcome of the mercato will also decide the approach, but now everything points towards the 4-3-3 formation.

Tags AC Milan Stefano Pioli


  1. Getting new player ready in pre season are important . 433 are best formation to our midfield stock like adili , pobega , but of course need tested on preseason

    1. See it’s wrong Acmilan using 4-3-3 under Allegri we suffered against Barcelona why because they are more offensive than we ok let’s go to seriea we find it difficult to win team like inter,Roma, Napoli, and Fiorentina because we are not sound in 4-3-3 in 4-2-3-1 I see Milan are more aggressively most on pressing and counter attacks against intermilan the only thing we suffered was availability of quality in attack because bennecer had injury with leao no leao replacement on Diaz Brahim on the No 10 nobody to support Diaz as substitute then messias was tired leaving the work for on saelermakers,Diaz, and Geroud so I have given you a perfect analysis why 4-2-3-1 is important for Milan only that we need to structure the attack

  2. There are no holding midfielders/registas in this team for 433, just a bunch of box to box midfielders. Additionally to Reijnders, they need at least two more midfielders for 433. Bennacer is out.

    RM – Pobega/RLC
    DM – ?/?
    LM – Reijnders/Krunic

    1. Krunic can be an engine type player tbf but Dominguez is needed. I actually see Adli doing really well in a 3 player midfield

  3. Please Acmilan what we need to be mindful is the attacking department like the No 10 somebody to be a deputy to pulisic then a right wing,left wing and centre forward if the coach want to get one defensive midfield after rejinder no problem but as Acmilan fans I just said what Acmilan need to stand strong and successful this 2023/24 season

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