Giampaolo: “Milan need to completely reorganize everything up front, we are sterile, the result annoys us a lot”

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Marco Giampaolo during Udinese-Milan at Stadio Friuli on August 25, 2019. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Marco Giampaolo was very disappointed with his team’s performance against Udinese and admitted that 4-3-1-2 may not suit his players.

Giampaolo’s official debut at Milan turned out to be a disaster. The Rossoneri lost 1-0 to Udinese at Stadio Friuli, failing to register even a single shot on target.

Udinese did not have to pull an amazing game to beat a Milan side that simply never looked like scoring. Serie A begins with a heavy defeat for the Diavolo, who already find themselves at a disadvantage compared to their rivals for 4th place.

“Aside from the result, because losing is never good – especially if you are Milan, the game gave me a lot of indications,” Giampaolo told Sky Italia after the game. “You can read the things that the team does more or less well also in terms of the characteristics. I go beyond the result, which is negative, and will try to analyze deeper on how the match progressed, our interpretation of certain tactics and different characteristics. In defeat there are a lot of ideas to think about.

Rodrigo Becão celebrating during Udinese-Milan at Stadio Friuli on August 25, 2019. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

“The team’s attitude? There wasn’t laziness. Possession needs to develop into attacking moves more, but it probably wasn’t our fault as such, but rather because Udinese have certain characteristics when defending that make it difficult to play against.

“The market? I don’t care about it, especially after a defeat. It would be a lack of respect towards the players. I reflect on the game, on the ability of the three upfront to develop what I ask of them. The inspiration I get from this game is the specificity of our strikers in doing certain things over others.

Suso during Udinese-Milan at Stadio Friuli on August 25, 2019. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

“The penalty appeal? This is also a detail that could’ve shifted the outcome of the match. My vision is of a different team. The hand-ball in the penalty area, I think, should continue to be up to the referee’s interpretation. That was a penalty according to the new rules, but the dynamics must be evaluated as it happens, everything should be according to the sensibility of the referee, also with the help of the VAR.

“The three strikers? It’s not just Suso and Castillejo that need to be reorganized, also Piątek. He has the movements of a lone striker. Suso is extraordinary, he can play there too but he probably has different characteristics. You have to put the players in the right conditions.

“Going back to 4-3-3? We have to work on it, we’ll certainly be different from the next game because we don’t want to risk distorting the players. It’s not their fault, they have tried really hard, but I mustn’t try to transform their very nature. That is not my job. I have to make the most of these players and their qualities. Piątek is better at finishing as a lone striker.

Krzysztof Piątek during Udinese-Milan at Stadio Friuli on August 25, 2019. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

“Until today, we didn’t see that so clearly. I thought at the start that it was just Suso becoming a trequartista, but we have to look beyond that, take some principles and try to completely reorganize everything upfront. Even if we had won the game, that would be the case. We are sterile, I don’t like the movements in attack, this team is not suited to this football.

“The work done so far? I am not throwing anything out, it’s just that I have to focus on some other details from now on.”

Ilija Nestorovski celebrating during Udinese-Milan at Stadio Friuli on August 25, 2019. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking to MilanTV, Giampaolo said: “The game is clear, beyond the result because when Milan lose it’s not good. The game gave me so many indications, the team tried to do what I ask, the territorial supremacy, taking half the pitch, being a protagonist. We were never good at the offensive solutions. We have to work on this. It’s not the guys’ responsibility but it’s for specific characteristics. I go beyond the result to understand how to put them in the best condition.

“Individuals? I have to think about putting them in the best condition. Maybe I ask them some things while they have other characteristics. Up to now the team has shown me great availability and then I have to understand the best solution based on the characteristics of the matches. I have to work in this direction.

Davide Calabria and Kevin Lasagna during Udinese-Milan at Stadio Friuli on August 25, 2019. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

“The missing penalty of Piątek? The result annoys us a lot. But my evaluation would not have changed even if we had drown with the penalty. I have to do a serious analysis, understand in which aspects the team has to improve and what is good. I have to be objective: they can grant the penalty and it’s a draw, but it doesn’t lead to different evaluations on my part.

“Borini said that there’s trust in the coach? The road to work is always the best one. When you lose it is right that there is controversy, but we must have our heads down, to play football better than today without losing sight of the possibility of being protagonists. Only work will put us in this condition. Today I played two players that I trained once and a half, I don’t know their mental characteristics or even their experience.”

Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Mato Jajalo during Udinese-Milan at Stadio Friuli on August 25, 2019. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

The coach also held a post-match presser: “Where did Udinese put Milan in trouble? Udinese played the game on our mistakes. They waited for us and broke away. We weren’t as good. I didn’t like the offensive movements of the front three, because maybe they are not in the nature of those three attackers. Udinese played the game I expected them to play. We had a territorial but sterile dominance.

“If I’m thinking about changing the formation? It is the characteristics of the players that allow one thing to be done over another. A difficulty has emerged in interpreting the things I ask due to the characteristics of the players. We need to understand which dynamics need to move better.

Samu Castillejo and Samir during Udinese-Milan at Stadio Friuli on August 25, 2019. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

“Why the players did not express my football? We had difficulties with the offensive solutions. You must have more solutions to subvert opponents who are dense. Maybe we need to put the three up front in the best conditions for them. We must have a different offensive danger.

“If this game puts everything in question again for Suso who was often celebrated this summer? Castillejo is the one who best interprets the things I ask of him. He does things right. The other two, especially Piątek, must be put in the best conditions. Maybe he plays better on his own. We need to build something different up front. I go beyond today’s game. I know what the offensive developments of a team that has to go vertically are. I already imagine what needs to be done. I have to move something.

Marco Giampaolo during Udinese-Milan at Stadio Friuli on August 25, 2019. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

“The new arrivals? We need to train them all. Bennacer did one training session, Leão three. I don’t know their characteristics very well. It’s something I already knew and that goes beyond today’s game. The push of the fullbacks? When you have a team that closes down, it’s difficult. I have to put them in a solution to express themselves better.

“Why was this Milan not the same of the summer friendly matches? The team knows how to do things to a certain extent. We had a good dominance, but we were not dangerous. That’s where we need to review some things.”

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I didn’t watch the game so I won’t act smart but recognizing a mistake and player’s natural abilities on field is a positive thing (e.g Suso, Piatek and Castillejo)

We already have players suited for 433 or 4231 with Suso, Castillejo, Leao being able to play on wings. There’s only LW to fill and Correa can fill that. Sure, my picks would be Everton or Dani Olmo to fill that wing.

One thing concernes me – is Giampaolo able to implement his ideas with a formation he never used before?

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Of course he can; you can play any style with any formation, and any seria a coach knows how to adapt this things.

The problem is that our whole transfer strategy was focused on the 4-3-1-2, because mgmt and a lot of fans here seem to think that’s the magic formation. If you consider the fact that 80 mil would have easily given you a solid DM and LW, and now at best we have to play players out of position having spent much more than that.

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Bennacer is a solid DM. Better than Bakayoko especially when moving the ball forward to build up the attacking play. It would be great to see Bennacer and Bakayoko together in a 4231 formation. If Milan were to acquire Correa or Everton Soares for the left wing with Suso or Leo on the right Milan will be solid on both wings. So either a 4231 or 433 would work for this team. I’m still confident Giampaolo will get it right and already he has shown that he is not stubborn to stick with something that isn’t working the entire season… Read more »

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

Leao, not Leo, is used to play as LW not RW. Are u speaking from books ?

Big Dig
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Big Dig

There is only one Major problem and it’s Suso. The sooner everyone knows it the better. We need protest. I will gladly lead the way. Lol I am tacking this with laughs but I am serious Milan is going nowhere with Suso in the starting 11 this season.

victor
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victor

You mean, Milan will get nowhere without Suso.

Big Dog
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Big Dog

In that case, Viktor SMARTY PANTS, tell me where has Milan been with SUSO over the past 4 seasons?

Before you answer me please do KNOW that Suso and the left wing has been our main channel of attack by 60-70% with way too little conversions. This is why Calhanoglu couldn’t blossom in his natural position because he had no trust from the coach nor from his team.

Ps. I actually did’t think you were smart. I was only being sarcastic. I hope you are clever enough to know that.

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Ted I respect your opinions as you always give something to the blog. But “get a grip” you said, its” preseason” you said.

We clearly weren’t ready for the first match. Does this means that all is doomed of course not, but until we start winning consecutive games I won’t calm down.

Honestly I never followed Giampaolo’s career but if he is as good as some say he definetely can morph its formation.

Big Dog
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Big Dog

Milan squad is broad it could use 433 and 4231 other than 4312. I would like to see Giampaolo use 433 or 4231. But it would be useless if Suso remains as a starter. Every other attacking player will be frozen out in favor of Suso. Same old story. Susos way or no other way. This has made Milan a one way street.

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yourBoss

If you think this team will do better without Suso then why are the others not delivering when Suso is struggling? It’s not his fault that Milan is made one way street. Blame the coaches for depending on him to much. He would do much better with sharing the burden with others and no winger in this team can bench Suso in a 433

Big Dog
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Big Dog

If you think this team will do better without Suso then why are the others not delivering when Suso is struggling?

Because………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….60-70% of Milan attack has been from Suso and his wing!

Ps. You should give me your name and change your to “YOUR STUDENT”.

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dapito

BIG DOG, i’m totally 1.000.000% agree with you.. suso is one of big problem for milan… so many times (i forget how much) i wrote suso movement so easly to anticipate and if opponet guard him, he become lazy and dont wanna fight…

And his attitude show how he didnt deserve to use our jersey… why?? never gave nothing and want renew his contract with big salary…

Big Dog
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Big Dog

Dapito, yeah Sosu doesn’t deserve to be wearing our Jersey. He is a disgrace and shame to Milan. We Seriously need to protest his departure for a solid AM. If the club no longer knows what to do, they can rely on the fans. Seriously I am out for smart protest via social media. We should intelligently highlight the wayward attitude of Suso and ask for players who are Da Milan. Six years without CL and now it’s seems to be yet another year Zero. We going to almost a decade with CL.

Assim
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Assim

I don’t know how we gonna fix this , but , one thing is for sure , this loss was good , good timing , one reason is besause it’s too early and we must know our place , know that we are not there yet , expectations can be a burden most of times , last year we had a good game against Napoli , then beatten Roma , then did nothing special. Now at least we know we have to fight for our spot. The other reason is , transfer window is still open , it’s obvious now… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Last year we were 1 point away from our goal. Let’s see how much we get this season. And a lose is kise is lose mate; nothing good comes from losing.

Assim
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Assim

We could have won 4 0 and thought that we are set to go , and then find out some players are useless in october and start to panic. Everything has good and bad results , someone who never lost is someone who never learnt. Besides , let us judge Giampaolo as Giampaolo only , he lost 1 game so far , but people start talking about the all the losses we suffered since 2012 , this is not fair , Madrid last 2 or 3 years started the season horeibly , no good games , nor good results ,… Read more »

dejan10
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dejan10

Thanks for this, Assim. The collective response appears to be to run around with your hands in the air frothing at the mouth. On match day #1.

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Well my response to you Dejan is “told you so”; how’s that bucket of cold water feel?

yourBoss
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yourBoss

Yes Masacchio is weak and the goal was his fault as always! . You must always place the guy among the negatives right? I have no idea why people here think Masacchio is not good

Ash
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Ash

disappointing performance, perhaps unlucky with handball at the end with VAR but overall to be honest Udinese was the better team. Start of the season is always hard and first 5-6 games always have a couple of upsets, this was a wakeup call and reality check for us. Biggest issue is our lack of creativity and inability to get Piatek involved. I don’t know if Correa is the answer but perhaps playing 4141 can take pressure of him, bring paqueta and hakan closer to goal and give us width. I think signing Olmo for 20-25m is more sensible than correa.… Read more »

Ashraf
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Play paquata and Hakan again that is nonsense

Donadoni
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Donadoni

Lack of creativity / quality in the midfield and an inability to get the front two / three involved in play, this has been our main issue now for over half a decade. It’s becoming ridiculous. We now have Borini as a midfielder, it’s approaching borderline trolling at this point. Is Correa the answer to all our problems? Clearly not. Will he blossom and become a star at Milan? Quite possibly. The one thing I do know for certain: we need creativity in the worst way. Also required is someone with the ability to go past a man / dribble,… Read more »

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yourBoss

“The inability to get the front two / three involved in play” Well said mate. People look at our attackers and say oh they can’t score or assist. Lol .How can any attacker do anything when the play in midfiel is slow and predictable and you are all marked before the ball reaches you. Even Castillejo didn’t play as bad as people are making him out to be yesterday he was trying too hard if anything. Midfield just couldn’t get the ball up field smoothyl

Emmy Apache
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If this coach is talking about up front only it means he doesn’t know what he’s talking about of even his job the midfielders are cabbage with Calabria full of mistakes
Rodríguez is not even average today
The problem is that the so called 4312 is porous and senseless. No plans no motive no aim nothing just run round the field

Saeed Duaale
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Saeed Duaale

Bruno Fernandez 3 asset first game we need a real playmaker other wise forget champions league sell hakan , borini ,casitilico even Suso we r not going any where with those shit players

EL YANTS
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EL YANTS

Borini and Castelejo and Calabria and Laxalt should go…Suso should find himself and caoch play him the right position. Most important we are STILL MISSING AND NEED a play maker (Modric) some one with creativity that can control and link up play and supply the attackers

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

For the one million’th time – a 4-3-1-2 needs a great number 10, and Suso’s simply not that. How a “tactical genius” like Giampaolo misses this obvious fact is beyond me.

Assim
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Assim

James is out of market. Bruno Fernandes too expensive for us. Eriksen? not even in dreams. Ozil is in the past , finished , and has high salary. Our only option might be Ziyech , fir 25M would be a bargain , and definetly better than Suso , but i don’t know what’s goind on behind the scenes. Also , Samp was performing better with worse players , there is also the fact that players are still learning the new style. They have always known defensive football only , they can’t change 100% in one month. There are many reasons… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

There were good options for a number 10 in the market, Assim. But if we can’t get any, than we should’ve stick to what works for the players we have

paqueta10
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paqueta10

very well said!

Raven
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Raven

Scapegoating? Or maybe the best sale of smoke in the league.

The Big Dog
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The Big Dog

Man you nailed it. That is what I have been nagging about for ages. The game is sterile because Of Suso lazines and immobility and inability to create space. Remove him and 75 percent of our problems will be fixed. That is why I think Giampaolo is clueless maybe the worse coach. I think he is not a flexible coach. He only knows one way to play, relies more on organization and tactics and Fantasy above quality and logic. So he can’t a genius at all, at least not yet. I didn’t watch the game I didn’t want to be… Read more »

EL-BASH
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EL-BASH

no more 4 3 2 1 we need 433

Milanista
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Milanista

In this game we were destined to lose in a 4-3-1-2. Putting Hakan as regista where he hasn’t played a game there was a bad move. Biglia, for all the faults he has, has been stellar in distributing the ball in midfield this preseason, which masked a lot of the midfield attacking faults. Hakan played way too high, and did not play the role of an anchor in midfield. He kept creeping into Suso’s space, enabling Suso, who’s novice at the position, completely usless. He should have put Bennacer there from the start, or have changed formation altogether to start… Read more »

Niels8
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Niels8

Now finally we know why he still fielded Castilejo,,though I could not believe he really thinks that way.. I thought everyone agree that Samu never played well during the preseason, nor did he in tonight’s match… I really am speechless.

Cocor
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I remember Gatuso spent the all season searching for a formation he never get its till we’re fifth

nick
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nick

Exactly. Giampaolo is not stubborn and he realizes that he has to get out of his comfort zone with his 4312 formation. When you don’t have a full squad during preseason it is hard to determine how quickly players will adapt to a different formation. Not making excuses but key players like Paquetá, Kessié and Bennacer weren’t available so he played the players that he worked with during preseason. I didn’t agree with starting Calhanoglu, Castellijo and Borini ahead of Kessie, Bennacer and Leo but he’s the coach not me. Let’s see how Giampaolo reacts to today’s loss against Udinese.… Read more »

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

Who is Leo ?

dejan10
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dejan10

I think most fans on here are suffering from collective amnesia (coupled with collective hysteria). The genius had us playing like frightened schoolgirls for nearly two seasons. Now that the coach has no previous connection to Milan, all of a sudden he’s useless after one game.

Soheil
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Soheil

I want my “LIONS” back 🙂

Raven
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Raven

Frightened schoolgirls and we were top 3 in spg for nearly two seasons. But hey, never mind that’s in the past, the tactical genius no one asked got us none today with his delightful attractive play. But of course he is letting his genious idea to sink in for 3/4 of the season. Oh wait he has so much balls that got scared after its first game in a BIG freaking team and will erase two months of training as surprise surprise didn’t work for us. FFP pal, it wasn’t the best decision to change formations when you have FFP… Read more »

Soheil
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Soheil

just because our current coach “could” be stupid, it doesn’t mean our previous coaches are genius! I could be wrong but nearly 500m & hours of our time, spent and we are still at “Year Zero” so In my point of view… fuck them (all of them)

Rossi
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Rossi

The year zero is a choise of the menagment, i would have prefered to stick with 4-3-3 and splash on a LW, but since they chose to go with year zero i dont understand how can people expect results in such a short time, this hysteria over one loss makes no sence at all. Boban said himself dont expect fireworks rightaway.

Big Dog
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Big Dog

@Rossi. In the past you would have been right. Now it’s only the coaches fault.

Cocor
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Why he didn’t change formation in the second half, Because the team wasn’t played sh☆t for 90 minutes

Blanx_milanfan
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Blanx_milanfan

Giampaolo will not improve on last year’s position…. I will say it again… Playing Samu up top and Borini in the midfield shows he is miles off…. He kept saying we can’t judge results based on pre season but look at this…. No shots on target…Calabria is not a defender… We are all glad that Maldini is back but he is in the wrong place… He should be the assistant or defensive coach because we are seriously lacking since Tassoti left. No one challenged the header today… The one player was surrounded by 4 milan players and he still scored.

Peter
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Peter

Well said. Borini ahead of Kessie is a joke. It would have been better playing Silva along with Piatek.

paqueta10
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paqueta10

suso is not that “world class”, just sell him and get correa..just made same mistakes over and over again, bought striker, defender, and decent midfielder, when actually what we need is class playmaker and Agile LW who can also play as SS

Ted
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Ted

And another thing – a battling midfielder like Kessie is a must!

Donadoni
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Donadoni

Turning into a complete farce. Can anyone say they saw the line-up and didn’t potentially see this coming? Said it last week before the game, a hard team to break down that plays a defensive style, perfect banana skin match to slip up on, and that’s exactly what has happened. I didn’t think he would actually use that midfield and stick with that pre-season front three. And it would seem the only reason we saw Paqueta was due to Biglia’s injury. Also said this was a gamble, and it has backfired spectacularly. I hope we don’t have a case of… Read more »

Meer-1
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Meer-1

With out proper number 10 treques you won’t go anywhere…..battles are won in middle of the park…no creativity no through passes no quick exchanges I am totally disappointed by players in general they perform worst than pre season matches…..I was shocked as if we were playing Barcelona….realising mistake one thing but coach you wasted time and transfer window…with out proper set up at the start of the season….well to be honest I am not disappointed we lost it’s a manner of how we lost…..

Sas
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Sas

Playing 4312 we never work, we need to play 433 or 4231, even Andr pirlo said play paquita closed to the striker not at front of defenders, suso is not a playmaker is a winger

Soheil
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Soheil

our situation is extremely similar to Napoli & Sarri. when he started, he insisted to use 4-3-1-2. it took him 5 or 6 games as I remember to understand that napoli can’t play with that formation. yeah Ideali a good coach should resolve this in pre season. I still don’t get why we can’t play with different formations. Allegri’s Juve played 4 or 5 formations and we can’t even play one! I hope Giampaolo get it right soon or it will be another year with regret and another legends to hate (Maldini & co)

Soheil
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Soheil

based on what we have. a plain 4-4-2 (with wingers) is the best formation. that’s the only formation that we can put all good players in original positions. but who am I but the PES guy 🙂

Ashraf
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We don’t have any player can play 442 in midfield

Soheil
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Soheil

WTF!!!!!

Agustinar
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Agustinar

Milan lost because of wrong formation. Udinese use 3421 which is strong in the center of the field. Milan attack their strongest area. Milan should change to 442 formation and attack wide

Niel8
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Niel8

Agree. Udinese was really compact in the middle. Milan’s midfield was actually correct, as the Mezzala were playing wide. What I dont understand is why the fullbacks instead played more to the middle. If they had attacked from the side, they might have had better chances.

Meer-1
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Meer-1

Fullbacks were more pinned back and in middle because Udinese was playing with 352 formation….they were massacring us with numbers in middle of park….they were attacking with their wide play and hence getting and forcing our full backs fall back….did you notice how ric rod and Calabria were forced to concede and misplace paces because they were under constant pressure…..our mid field borini hakan and Paquetá was totally lost…..Paquetá needs to be up a pitch closer to forwards to see his magic work and in return he was forced back tactically by our coach and then hakan he is not… Read more »

victor
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victor

Milan was B.O.R.I.N.G. When Milan had the ball, they spent half the time with those sterile lateral passes in our own area. And Suso must be given back his spot on the right wing, immediately. Mister, we supporters don’t care about your ideas; what we want is to see our players perform well. To do that, they must be in their natural habitat.

Ted
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Ted

I don’t think a plain 442 will work for Milan. For that you need strong wingers or wide midfielders that are ready to track back which we saw last year that Suso and Castillejo are not able to. Hakan did it but he is not a winger which was evident in his final third. They don’t have the fuel to track back and at the same time perform an offensive action. Also, it is evident Piatek performs better as a lone center forward, moving freely and creating space for himself. If it must be then they should revert back to… Read more »

Sziklamester
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Sziklamester

I watched this game and what is the conclusion so far the tactic not worked very well because the players were put on wrong places. If they don’t play in their natural or most played positions then the game could turn out bad. This team is trying to find the light but it is at least a 10 years old story and always there were changes but nothing really happend there. The problem is every new manager tries to build up this team but this team consists a lot of players whom far from the Milan quality both in technical… Read more »

Rosso Joburg
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Rosso Joburg

Too much talk about formation here. Changing formation is not a silver bullet that will solve what is wrong. The main problem is how slow we are transitioning from defence into attack. The passing between our back line and midfielders is dreadfully slow. It’s not easy attacking against 10 players behind the ball. I really can’t blame our front 3 much they never got quick ball and were never in any space. They marked Suso out of the game and we had no 2nd option. Borini and Paqueta did absolutely nothing today except pass the ball back to Hakan or… Read more »

yourBoss
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yourBoss

I have never really wanted 4312 but I wouldn’t say formation was the reason we played that poor. They just simply didn’t play it right. The back 4 were too flat therefore providing no withd. Fullbacks should be overlapping more with the regista dropping a bit deeper collecting the ball from the CBs and dictating the play .The running of the fullbacks will allow the deep laying playmaker more options to either pass short to his fellow midfielders or spread it out wide to the overlapping fullbacks. Whether Calhanoglu doesn’t know that he was supposed to make himself more available… Read more »

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Meer-1

You nailed it perfectly it all started with hakan as registra he was not fit for that position…..players playing in that position should have fallen back closer to our cb’s and dictate play through passes and hence allowing Paquetá and headless chicken borini to move a bit up the pitch closer to Suso and forwards easing pressures in middle of park by forcing their midfielders and wide players track with them…..this would have allowed our full backs to make those sneaky runs behind but I still can’t get over what exactly hakan was going or suppose to do…..one bad player… Read more »

Agustinar
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Agustinar

thr referee was awfull

Meer-1
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Meer-1

We don’t have those players who can play with that 4312 formation remove Suso and get either bona or Paquetá there…..get hakan or bona in mezzela on one side with kessie on another….play biglia or Bennacer in middle of the park at least Bennacer even though didn’t had much training sessions with team would have been better option instead of hakan……with two forwards of Piatek and Leao let’s pray and hope for the best with 4312 formation……this is on what the team is currently made of with no transfers…..thank god it was Udinese if it was Napoli lazio Roma juve… Read more »

Ewaen
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Ewaen

Giampalo is to blame for the biggest error. First, you gamble playing 4 players in an unfamiliar position when you have players who it is their natural position on the bench.(Suso, Borini, Calhanoglu, Castillejo). Every milan fan knows a half fit Kessie is better than a fully fit Borini for a mid field position, yet you play Borini. Calhanoglu plays as a make shift DM in two half matches, you trust him to start a match in an unfamiliar position, but new players who have trained with you for up to two weeks, you dont trust them to start a… Read more »

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

This is what I’m saying. Maldini first job was getting a manager that plays a 4*3*1*2 after that he sold and purchased players he thought were right cause that’s the direction we’re going in. Lastly, we trained for two months just that formation. So who failed here after game one that we look set to change back to a 4 3 3? Suso was horrible in my opinion. Never mind the midfield 3, we had two players that shouldn’t have played that position so it was evident it would fail and hopefully he realised that. Suso was terrible. I can’t… Read more »

Lando
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Lando

if they are going to back to 4-3-3 then they need a proper left wing this time right wing will be occupied by suso and samu as a back up i don’t know if leao can be played in left wing but dude seems fast so maybe they can try it forget correa, i hope milan can get a pacy left wing, maybe names like everton soares, or deulofou or the left wing from nice that we were rumoured to sign on january and i think it’s safe to keep silva as piatek’s back up maybe milan can sacrifice player… Read more »

Rivaliano
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Rivaliano

Do they really training or what…next he will play castillejo borini calabria hakan rr…and we lost again and again….mamamia…Milan not in the right hand right now…this is not Milan this is AC SUSO…he set the game based on Suso…#GiampaolOUT#Soheil IN#

allu allu
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allu allu

Did anyone see Inters game ? Conte played 3-5-2!!! 3-5-2 same as Udine. This formation gives you the uper hand when it comes to manage the space.

milan4lyf
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milan4lyf

I actually like what the coach said very much. That is a sign of a good coach. He pinpointed the fact that Piatek is a better player in a lone striker situation. He isn’t good at linking up with a SS. A good coach always learns to adapt to both his own players and opponents. A formation switch could bring good results or could backfire. But utilizing our starting 11’s best positions and movements is always the priority. Do your thing coach. You are on the right path. “Why was this Milan not the same of the summer friendly matches?… Read more »