Tuttosport: Pioli to stick with the 4-2-3-1 – the XI moving forward and the alternative system

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is set to proceed with a 4-2-3-1 system which brought his side success against Juventus, a report claims.

The matches against Inter and Juventus did not bring the victories that the performances probably deserved (a defeat and a tie instead) but gave key indications to the Rossoneri coach.

As reported by Tuttosport (via MilanNews.it), Pioli will confirm the the use of the 4-2-3-1, with Davide Calabria and Theo Hernandez as the full-backs plus Simon Kjaer and Alessio Romagnoli at the centre of the defence.

Ismael Bennacer and Franck Kessié will act in the heart of the midfield, while Samuel Castillejo, Hakan Calhanoglu and Ante Rebic will play in support of Ibrahimovic from right to left.

The alternative to this formation would be the 4-4-2, with Leao alongside Ibra, but the team, with an extra striker and the presence of two attacking wingers such as Castillejo and Rebic, would risk losing balance.

Calhanoglu on the other hand gives ample guarantees (even in the coverage phase) playing as a playmaker.

Rebic is also key for the 4-2-3-1, with the Croatia international having found form in recent weeks which has convinced Pioli to keep starting him.

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