Sky: Giampaolo considered major tactical change ahead of derby

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Marco Giampaolo had thoughts of deploying a three-man defence against Inter, a report claims.

The Rossoneri take on their neighbours on Saturday night at San Siro in what everyone hopes will be another exciting instalment of one of football’s most storied rivalries.

Milan have started the 2019-20 campaign with two wins out of three, but the Nerazzurri have had a perfect start with nine points out of nine, something Giampaolo’s side will be looking to bring an end to.

There are some uncertainties surrounding both the formation and the starting XI that the head coach will choose to square off against Antonio Conte’s favoured 3-5-2.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via @teammilanac on Twitter) recently claimed it will be a 4-3-2-1 formation with Ante Rebic and Suso supporting Krzysztof Piatek.

However Sky Italia – as cited by – make the claim that Giampaolo was ready to try and adapt to Davide Calabria’s ban by switching to a three man defence.

Nonetheless, the outlet state that it was merely an idea, and that Milan will line up with a four-man defence as expected, with Andrea Conti replacing Conti. 

Meanwhile, Sky add that Lucas Paqueta could play from the first minute in a 4-3-3, possibly as part of the midfield – meaning Rebic could still start as a winger. 

Giampaolo has some doubts and continues to try different systems and line-ups during training, the report concludes.

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