Tuttosport: Pioli has two players per position in attack – now he must rotate effectively

By Oliver Fisher -

One of AC Milan’s big problems last year was that the back-up options to the starters never proved to be up to par, especially in attack.

When there is a tight schedule and games are played every three days it became quite a headache for Stefano Pioli, who quite clearly only trusted the same group of 12-13 players, and mass rotation cost points.

One of the missions of the 2023 summer window was to add depth to Milan’s squad, and as Tuttosport reported this morning (via MilanNews), it has been achieved thanks to the work of the Rossoneri management.

It is especially the case in attack where there are now alternatives that are up to par. On the right side there has been a major upgrade with the farewells of Junior Messias and Alexis Saelemaekers and the arrivals of Samuel Chukwueze and Christian Pulisic.

The latter, among other things, can also be used in other roles in attack, namely on the left and also as an attacking midfielder. Luka Romero must also be added to the American and the Nigerian, after an impressive season.

The centre-forward position is made up of Olivier Giroud and the last summer arrival Luka Jovic, but Noah Okafor can also easily be used in this position, who starts as the first alternative on the left to Rafael Leao.

Therefore, the Rossoneri now have two players per position, as requested by Pioli at the start of the transfer window. Now it will be up to the Rossoneri coach to make the most of the players he has been given, and to rotate effectively.

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    1. Yes! The Problems from the Last two season werde times, where some were injured an we didnt have the quality from the bench. Espacially in the attack

    2. We got rid of all the negativity from the team and replaced them with a new group of hungry players. I am glad our club feels like a real family now unlike teams like Juventus and Man United. It’s time for us to win another trophy this season, that would truly be the icing on the cake.

      1. A ‘family’?

        A family doesn’t dump 50% of its members!

        A family is for life. Modern footballers are a couple of seasons if you’re lucky.

        And the media loves banging on about young players and ‘potential’. We had one of the youngest sides to win the league.

        Milan 2021/22 were the youngest team in the three-point era (since 1994/95) to win the Scudetto.

        So what did we do?

        Dismantled the majority of the squad in just two years.

  1. Problem last season was that Pioli never gave trust to players outside of his favourite set up.

    If he had given more minutes also to fringe players, I am confident that the result would have been better.

    He had a couple of games where he rotated almost the whole team, using a B-team to allow his favourites to rest. Anyone surprised that a bunch of players that hadn’t been used for several months all of a sudden would perform??

    Last years team had also a lot of talent, but it was for sure Pioli’s fault that they never really took off. Learn from your mistakes or this will be his last year in charge.

    1. He sure is partially to blame, but the lack of quality was also pretty clear. We didn’t have a right flank, no good striker outside of Giroud, no substitute to Kessie and CDK didn’t really took off.
      And one proof of that is that pretty much no team was willing to pay a good fee for our players or get them on a permanent deal.

      1. We had Saelemaekers who played 32 times in Serie A when we actually won the title.

        Therefore by definition we had a right winger who was capable of playing in a title wining side as evidenced by the fact that he in actual fact played in actual title winning side,

        Everything else is opinion. Highly questionable at that given the facts.

        I wouldn’t use the transfer market as a basis to judge anything. Most players who were signed this summer failed somewhere but the eternal belief of the transfer market is that players will remarkably find form at a new club.

    2. Thank you.

      And to think SempreMilan can do amazing write ups on tactics but then repeat the same myths just to drive transfer speculation.

      Man City rotated in the league cup last season and went out. No team can.

  2. does anyone know if we can move the game against inter forward or have we already submitted an application for this? otherwise we would play newcastle three days later

  3. Once the rotation starts that will be the big test.

    I’ve no idea why we need 2 players for every position. Are we planning on having two different starting line ups for the league and Champions League?

    Are we planning on playing the subs maybe once a month???

    2 perfectly formed players per position is just an excuse to sign more players. We took a punt on Jovic because apparently we couldn’t ever imagine Okafor could play in more than one position.

    When it comes to the transfer market you just can’t get enough punts. It’s like gambling. Just one more signing will do. Ok one more. Last win seriously. One for the road…….

  4. I hope Pioli brings 2 – 3 players in and out at time for everyone to have ample minutes. As opposed to what happened last season with the wholesale changes in certain games that cost us.
    I hope Pioli has learnt his lessons

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