Sky: The XI Pioli tried in training ahead of Napoli game – return to four-man defence

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli appears to be working on the switch back to a four-man defence based on the clues from training today, a report claims.

According to reports from Sky (via MilanNews), this morning at Milanello Pioli worked above all on a four-man defence with Simon Kjaer and Fikayo Tomori as the two centre-backs and not Malick Thiaw.

Davide Calabria was on the right side of the defence and Theo Hernandez on the left, with Ismael Bennacer and Sandro Tonali in the midfield double pivot in what is indeed a 4-2-3-1 rather than a 4-3-3.

Rafael Leao is certain of his spot on the left, while as playmaker Brahim Diaz is the slight favourite over Rade Krunic, and on the right it should be Alexis Saelemaekers but Alessandro Florenzi being used there cannot be ruled out. Olivier Giroud was the centre-forward, as expected.

Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Theo; Tonali, Bennacer; Saelemaekers (Florenzi), Brahim Diaz (Krunic), Giroud, Leao.

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  1. No let’s just get it right Milan need no 10 at all cost I mean a playmaker and passer but krunic and Diaz are very capable for that role so krunic will not play defensive midfielder so krunic and Diaz will as attacking midfield

  2. We are going to win this game against Napoli ,and knock them out of the champions leauge .
    Well why not remain optimistic and hopeful ,great news Olivier Giroud will be back ,and let’s see rafeol leao at his best ,he has got immense talent .
    It’s still AC Milan for me ..

    1. You got to be joking this eleven is going no were Napoli wlll there arse !cant wait to see what excuse pioli comes up with this time.

  3. So we drop the 3 CB ploy and bring Calabria back into a back 4 – genius!
    This Xl looks flimsy to me:
    Only two in midfield because, let’s face it, the Saladmaestro and Diaz are puny and useless and no help at all in mf
    Maignan, Florenzi, Kajaer, Thiaw, Theo, Krunic, Bennacer, Tonali, Diaz (on right), Giroud, Leao.
    Tomori should be benched until he get’s his confidence back, right next to Calabria

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