Sky: Pioli experiments in training with new line-up – Leao up front and Calhanoglu out wide

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli made a key tweak to the formation he tried during Friday’s training session at Milanello, a report claims.

Speaking to Sky Italia (via MilanNews), journalist Manuele Baiocchini gave some training news in view of the match against Atalanta, one which will decide the club’s top four fate and therefore it is imperative that Pioli gets his choices right.

He remarked that  Friday’s training is usually always quite indicative of what Pioli is planning to do as it proved to be for Brahim Diaz’s selection in the eleven against Juventus. The big news is that Pioli tried Rafael Leao in place of Ante Rebic as centre-forward, with Brahim Diaz the attacking midfielder, Calhanoglu on the left and the rest as usual.

Pioli is changing a lot and wants to keep everyone on their toes and it could be that Leao was tried there to give him an extra bit of motivation.

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  1. “Pioli Tries” that thing i am hearing or watching since 17 matches or so where draw or loss is all we got instead of easy win.
    In the end We Know Samu plays , Krunic plays , Meite plays or if Hauge or Tonali enters but it is minute 79th .
    If Milan Looses would Pioli would be sacked or Leao will be Sold ?????
    ( it is high time for Pioli to be called as a good manager or to be thrown to some low life clubs it’s a test for him )
    I am Already loosing hope on this one , Please bring Ralf Rangnick Please !!!!!

  2. Why??? He tried this so many times in the past and it didn’t work! You can’t make a player play in a position that he doesn’t know and expect him to perform well….honestly it’s not math!!

  3. Why is Calhanoglou the only player never dropped after poor performances… if Romagnoli… the captain… isn’t excluded, why game after game is calhanoglou given chance after chance? There’s no coincidence that his form hasn’t improved since the start of the year, no players would if they think they’re entitled to a starting spot… and that it’s guaranteed without putting in the extra work…I don’t care if he takes set pieces… he’s not nearly consistent enough and is even worse in open play… left wing, trequartista how many positions do you need to try to accommodate our “most creative” player when he has been given more than enough time to reflect exactly how many ideas he can come up with and it’s usually 0… and the team suffers relying on that… the numbers don’t lie. It took him all season to realize Brahim is a better natural CAM, now he’s finally forced him back out wide which was his position when he arrived and he showed he can’t play there either because he has no speed or work rate, if not rebic, give Hauge a chance for crying out loud, he should have rewarded him when he had some semblance of confidence after he saved piolis bald head blushes against sampdoria. First his excuse was that he was tired because the season just ended in Norway even when he was integrating well, the only time he wasn’t was when he was forced to start bigger games due to injuries and now he’s just writing him off, it’s utterly absurd and at no other club would a player like him be treated this way, another player Milan are gonna lose because this stupid coach lacks any real alternatives besides the same formation and game plan week in and out. The only players consistent enough to earn their starting positions deservedly are Donnarumma in goal, Kjaer (and now Tomori) at centerback, we have no alternative for Theo at left but Calabria and kessie (Bennacer hasn’t been the same since his injury) the best in their positions as well as the salamander and ibra, that’s about it and if there’s no consistency in every position the team as a whole is gonna suffer, that’s generally when you need to stop playing the same players in the same positions that aren’t bringing you results, anything else is just insanity. If we don’t qualify, pioli has to go, even gattuso who was actually building and improving the squad however long it was taking he went from 6th to 5th (when the team was finishing even below that before him) and because they didn’t qualify for champions league he resigned, because he’s a man of honour and integrity and he cares for the club and the fans, so why should pioli who clearly isn’t and doesn’t share the same values be allowed to stay? Because he doesn’t half the character to do the same? Why should fans waiting 10 years for any sort of improvement suffer any longer?

  4. If Milan loose the match hold pioli responsible for the defeat loea is never a central forwarder ok

  5. hopely the referee do his job well.,
    Let’s finished the last match in this seasons with 3pts.,
    sempre Milan

  6. I hope that after the match Atalanta-Milan Pioli will be fired, no matter whether they qualified for the Champions League or not. 70% of the fans want his resignation and it must be taken into account that Milan needs a new coach and new people who will help the players to be morally and physically ready every game 100%

  7. Pioli nije doma uspio dobit plasman u LP prošlo kolo protiv ekipe koja je zrela za seiju B, i tu je odma trebao dobit otkaz !!!!! Sada je sve KASNO !!!!

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