WITH various reports surfacing from an array of media outlets within Italy, the word is strong that Allegri has been tinkering with multiple formations during the much needed International break.
Dogmatic in his approach, the Livorno-born tactician seems to have a fetish with his beloved 4-3-1-2 formation – in all fairness, one which has been rather successful for Milan during the past decade. However, the current crop of players at his disposal don’t seem to be functioning well within this particular footballing deployment.
Every coach is different, and that is by all means fine by me; however, there must come a time where one must comprehend having a Plan B, or even a Plan C, is beneficial. And, it looks like Allegri has finally opened his mind just that little bit to explore alternative options. I’m thrilled… well, more relieved than anything.
Personally, looking at the current Milan roster, I have to say, a 4-2-3-1 formation would dovetail quite gracefully. We have an abundance of wide attackers which can drift out wide or cut inside and play more central, if need be. Two pure strikers who can occupy the sole forward position – in a rotational system, of course!
With the logical purchase of De Jong, we have good options in the centre of the park to command and dominate the midfield. Montolivo alongside either De Jong or Ambrosini, would be the best option.
As for the defense, we still need to find the perfect balance. There are many contenders to slot in, all of which are capable of performing well. The tricky part is establishing chemistry, but that takes time in order to achieve. If we work together as a team – defend and attack as one unit – I’m positive we could really surprise a lot of people, most importantly, each other.