Sky: Pioli tries new formation in training ahead of Juventus game – Brahim Diaz up front

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli tried a different system in training at Milanello today in view of the six-pointer against Juventus this weekend.

Sky reports (via MilanNews) that news has come from Milanello about an important potential tactical change for Sunday’s match against Juventus. This morning, among the various approaches used, Pioli also tried the 4-4-2 with Alexis Saelemaekers on the right, Hakan Calhanoglu on the left and Brahim Diaz alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front.

Pioli has actually deployed such a system before, as we saw the 4-4-2 in action in a couple of recent home games during which Ibrahimovic was injured, namely the ones against Genoa and Sassuolo.

Pioli spoke after the Genoa game about how he wanted Rebic to essentially play close to Leao to support him up front, and it became apparent that a 4-2-2-2 (basically a 4-4-2) was being used against Sassuolo, as we picked out in our tactical analysis of the game.


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9 Comments

  1. Zoro Caloro says:

    This is essentially a 4231 with the AM playing SS instead… it will function the same. Not impressed. If we did anything I’d rather gain midfield stability running a 4312 and play tonali, kessie, and bennacer. With hakan in the hole at AM and Ibra and Rebic up top together.

    1. Juro says:

      I agree. But with Leao as the second striker to Ibra. RW is our weakest position. Tonali Kessie Benacer and Hakan are our best midfield 4. But I would have preferred Pioli try this in previous games and NOT for most important game of the season. And some one pls help Theo and make sure Chiesa doesn’t burn him again this game.

      1. Juro says:

        And Diaz has barely played in the last 10 games lol. Pioli that’s enough. Need a new coach for next season

      2. Agustinar says:

        agree

  2. Dan Asiedu Asare says:

    Please tell Milan coach Pioli , his mistake is Alexis who can not score goals and he have Leao, Diaze and always rely on Alexis who do all the antiques and waste the ball. He should drop Sealermaker. Leao and Diaze will give better results on the right wing than Alexis. If he can put him in the back why can’t he try this two boys all this days .If he wants to win he drop Sealermker and play Leao or Diaze.

  3. Cesar says:

    UNFORTUNATELY AC.MILANA, PIOLI STILL FASCINATES THE PUBLIC WITH HIS NONSENSE. ON THE EVE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT MATCH, THEY CHANGE THE TACTICS IN 4-4-2 AND IT’S VERY FUNNY BECAUSE THE PLAYERS COULDN’T FIGHT 4-2-3-1. NOW IT IS CLEAR MILAN WILL BE DEFEATED BY JUVENTUS BECAUSE OF PIOLI. I HOPE THAT THE MANAGEMENT OF MILAN HAS A NEW COACH

  4. Barty says:

    i think the best formation we need against a team like juventus is
    DONA

    CALABRIA AJER TOMORI THEO

    BENA

    KESSIE CAL LEAO

    IBRA REBIC

  5. Milan Fan says:

    New coach next season

  6. Benjamin says:

    Pioli has done a great job for the team. If he wants to change formation I believe it is for the good of the team. Just allow Pioli and his boys to do there thing and bring the result.

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