Tuttosport: Three-man defence not permanent – Pioli will revert to old system in time

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli will proceed with the three-man defence for the time being but it is not a permanent solution, a report claims.

Today’s edition of Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan) focuses on Milan and in particular on the new tactical structure which has given positive responses. While the Rossoneri are certainly more solid now having won three games in a row 1-0, there is still the feeling that the performances are not particularly convincing.

It has brought the best out of players like Malick Thiaw who until a week ago seemed to be a mysterious object but is instead proving to be an excellent purchase. Despite this, the three-man defence remains an alternative solution.

As soon as the right moment comes, Pioli will opt for a return to the old formation he used, namely the 4-2-3-1 which allowed Milan to win the Scudetto in the past season. For Pioli, the turning point is not seen strictly linked to the change of formation but from the attitude on the pitch, and he still believes in his original system.

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  1. Of course he will, because he has to prove that the losing streak was players fault and that his coaching brilliance should never be questioned.

    1. I don’t think that’s it. I think he believes the 4-2-3-1 is the best formation for the players he has at his disposal. We DID win the Scudetto deploying that formation so I don’t see why we need to all of a sudden become dogmatic in playing this new formation and never returning to what worked so well for us before. Hopefully this new formation will be a tool in his belt that he’ll use more freely going forward when needed.

      1. Problem is, Milan doesn’t have calibre of players that had when won scudetto for 4 2 3 1 formation.
        He change formation and results had change, if he didn’t, he would lose more games and team would dropped more.
        To back at same formation first owner needs to fill gaps in adequate way in roster.

      1. No.

        I complain whenever a stupid decision is made. You can enjoy being a sheep and blindly following the club and its management, praising every dumb decision they make because that somehow makes you a true fan.

        Win or lose, is something is wrong, or dumb, I will call it out.

  2. Haahaa why? So he can put players back in positions they aren’t best in?

    Theo is best as a wing back? Tomori and Kalulu seem to thrive as RCB and LCB since they’re fast but bad in the air. No it doesn’t benefit Calabria but Saelemaekers is better at wing back and Calabria will learn in time. Also our wingers suck besides Leao so why go back to a formation with wingers..? Saele is a bad winger, messias is a bad winger, rebic used to be good but not anymore so besides Leao we have no good wingers so why again do we want to revert? I swear Pioli is the worst tactician.

  3. 4231 formation would be good if we have strong double pivot player like Cashie and Ben, Tonali was good but now is underperformed, need to be resolved along with attacking fielder. On the other hand, 3-man defense provide better protection, but number of goal outcome weren’t good either, something to think about.

  4. I think it’s better to be flexible and not fixed to a set formation. We simply don’t have the depth to perform 4-2-3-1 at the highest level week in-week out. When we won the Scudetto, we have Kessie-Tonali-Bennacer in rotation, who are around the same level, so no loss of quality. Now, with all due respect, we’re only left with Bennacer and Tonali, and keep playing them every games will inevitably drain them.

    The same with forward lines, we simply can’t rely on Giroud on every games, and when he’s also drained and on goal drought, it would be hard to win games unless the others stepped up.

    Keeping the opponents guessing on which formation we will field would also benefits us IMHO. As our current 4-2-3-1 is kinda found out for the time being.

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