Tuttosport: How Milan could line up without Ibrahimovic – Pioli eyes formation change

By Isak Möller -

Ahead of the resumption of the season, Stefano Pioli is studying the best formation for AC Milan. Just a few days ago, the 4-2-3-1 seemed a certain choice but then Zlatan Ibrahimovic injured himself in training. 

Today’s edition of Tuttosport (via Milanlive.it) dedicates an entire page to the possible choices of Stefano Pioli. Ibrahimovic’s injury is a problem, although less serious than first expected. Still, the striker could miss up to a month.

The 38-year-old has since returned to Sweden to be with his family. Yesterday, he was at Milanello to get instructions from the medical staff. In ten days, he will come back and undergo further checks.

Without Ibrahimovic, there is an emergency in attack: only Rafael Leao and Ante Rebic remain, but they are hardly target players. That’s why Pioli is also considering to add Lorenzo Colombo, the Primavera forward.

Furthermore, he could switch to the 4-3-3 formation. Leao would be the centre-forward, with Rebic and Samu Castillejo providing the service on the flanks. In the midfield, Kessie could be sent to the bench as the newspaper has Bonaventura ahead of him.

However, it’s difficult to imagine this scenario, also because a more likely solution would be to have Rade Krunic on the right. The Bosnian would guarantee greater physicality, which is needed in this department.

Possible Milan XI (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Bonaventura, Bennacer, Calhanoglu; Castillejo, Leao, Rebic.

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Tags AC Milan Stefano Pioli Zlatan Ibrahimovic