Tuttosport: Pioli studying formation options as Milan trio will take part in AFCON

By Isak Möller -

In January of next year, the African Cup Of Nations will begin and three AC Milan players will take part in the competition. They will miss at least three games and Stefano Pioli is thus considering some options. 

The players in question are Fode Ballo-Toure, Ismael Bennacer and Franck Kessie. The midfield tandem will be a bit decimated and it’s clear that Sandro Tonali will be the point of reference. Tiemoue Bakayoko and Rade Krunic will be fighting for the spot next to him.

As highlighted by Tuttosport (via MilanNews), the trio will at least miss the games against Roma, Venezia and Spezia. Depending on how it goes in the competition, they could also miss the clash with Juventus, which isn’t ideal.

Pioli is studying a few options for the team. The priority is the 4-2-3-1 formation, of course, also because Milan have adequate players to cover for the absence of Bennacer and Kessie. But the 4-4-2 shouldn’t e completely ruled out, but it will depend on the game.

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Tags AC Milan Fode Ballo-Toure Franck Kessie Ismaël Bennacer Stefano Pioli


  1. In my estimate we will most likely keep playing our usual formation throughout this time if we hasnt gotten a lot of inury issues brooming over our heads while kalulu playing on the left back but the Venezia or spezia matches should give an opportunity of a few minutes to kerkhez later in the games if we are safe and sound on the score sheet.

  2. Why not try out a 4-1-3-2 or a 4-1-2-1-2 when Bennacer and Kessie are missing. We would also see a Ibra+Giroud pairing in that case. Tonali would then have to lie deep and provide long balls.

  3. If you believe in a formation change, then I can sell you an Island in the middle of a pond. Do you know how long we have been hearing of a formation change?
    They wrote “Tonali will be the point of reference, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Rade Krunic will be fighting for the spot next to him”. When I reality it’s Krunic who will be the point of reference with the other two fighting for a place next to him.

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