Sky: Pioli experiments with a 4-2-3-1; new roles for Calhanoglu and Leao

By Isak Möller -

Ahead of Sunday’s clash between AC Milan and Lecce at San Siro, Stefano Pioli is experimenting with a few formations as the team selection will be crucial for his first game in charge. Thus far, only two different systems have been used. 

According to Sky Italia, the first choice remains the 4-4-3, which Marco Giampaolo also used the most. However, the former Fiorentina manager tried to put a spin on the formation during today’s training session at Milanello.

As stated by the report, Pioli decided to turn the 4-3-3 into a 4-2-3-1 when in possession, meaning one of the midfielders moved further up the pitch to a move advanced role. During the session, Krunic and Paqueta were tested in this position.

Another important aspect, as the report continues, is the new positions of Calhanoglu and Rafael Leao. Thus far, the Turk has been used in the midfield, while Pioli wants him on the left flank. As for the Portuguese youngster, he will compete with Piatek in the centre.

Possible XI when in possession (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Conti, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Biglia; Suso, Paqueta, Rebic (Calhanoglu); Piatek (Leao).

Tags AC Milan Pioli
Serie A Standings

Live football scores . Current table, fixtures & results.