Sky journalist: Pioli will switch to three-man defence; sign centre-back in January

By Oliver Fisher -

Sky journalist Peppe Di Stefano expects AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli to switch to using a three-at-the-back formation.

The Rossoneri have not had a great deal of success from a tactical standpoint so far this season both under Marco Giampaolo and new boss Pioli.

Under the former, Milan opted to go with a 4-3-1-2 formation to start as they had worked on all preseason, however that was changed to a 4-3-2-1 formation in the second game and eventually a 4-3-3.

Pioli has continued the use of that system in his two games so far though it does tend to function as more of a 3-2-2-3 in possession.

More change may be afoot though due to Milan’s problems in finding consistency at right-back, and Di Stefano has told Sky Italia that he believes the change to a three-man defence is imminent.

“My impression is that they go towards a three-man defence, with a right-back who will form part of the central defense,” he said, as per

“This is why in the last hours we talk about Duarte, and in January Milan could look towards a defender.”

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