Tuttosport: Pioli to use tried and tested formula vs. Juventus – no Leao, Rebic as a false nine

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is studying one solution in particular ahead of the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against Juventus, a report claims.

Next Friday the Rossoneri will travel to the Allianz Stadium to face Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg knowing they must score at least once, having drawn the first leg 1-1 at San Siro and with away goals in effect.

There are plenty of selection problems for Stefano Pioli who will be without suspended trio Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Theo Hernandez and Samu Castillejo as well as injured defender Leo Duarte.

According to Sunday’s edition of the newspaper Tuttosport (via MilanNews), the training games at Milanello over the last few days have given very precise indications on what the formation is likely to be: the 4-2-3-1.

An away goal is needed and Pioli therefore needs incisive men players in the attack. Ante Rebic therefore is expected to act as a centre-forward, or rather, as a “false nine”, with license to drift wide and create spaces for his team-mates.

Behind Rebic there will be Paquetà, Calhanoglu and Bonaventura, a trio of midfielders, with Bennacer and Kessie the defensive midfield duo.


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