Giampaolo reportedly set to use 4-3-2-1 against Brescia, Bennacer in the regista role, Suso-Çalhanoğlu behind Piątek

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Ismaël Bennacer during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Marco Giampaolo is going to change the formation and use Krzysztof Piątek as a lone striker on Saturday, it’s reported.

Milan’s performance on Matchday 1 against Udinese was certainly one to forget, as the Rossoneri failed to even get one shot on target and returned from Stadio Friuli with zero points.

Coach Marco Giampaolo admitted after the game that the 4-3-1-2 may not be suitable for the players he has in his squad, and so La Gazzetta dello Sport this morning reports that the Diavolo boss is likely to change the system against Brescia on Saturday (18:00 CEST kickoff).

The temptation to go back to the 4-3-3, which this Milan squad practiced for two years, exists, but La Gazzetta expects Milan to use 4-3-2-1 against Brescia at San Siro, where around 50,000 fans will be this weekend. In addition to the formation, some changes will also be made in the XI.

Fabio Borini and Samu Castillejo should return to the bench, while Hakan Çalhanoğlu is expected to move up the pitch and play as one of the trequartisti alongside Suso, behind the sole striker that is Piątek. In the role of the regista, Ismaël Bennacer is believed to be given his first start after impressing in the few minutes he played off the bench against Udinese on Sunday.

Franck Kessié and Lucas Paquetá should complete the midfield. Giampaolo will be trying this line-up in training in the upcoming days and he’ll hope to see a much-needed reaction from his players.

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Piatek did well last season playing as a lone striker but going back to his Genoa days, he played in a 3412 next to Kouame where he showed his best performances

nick
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Unfortunately, our team is not suited for a 3412. Unless we get a defender like Demiral and proper trequartista like Bruno Fernandez I don’t see how this formation would work. In my humble opinion I think a 4231 would be ideal for the players we have. Paquetá needs to be in a more advanced position behind Piatek. The 4321 might work but if we sign Everton Soares I’m just not sure we would have the right balance in midfield using this formation. Another season and Milan is struggling to get the right formation that works best for the team. Management… Read more »

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Exactly you just said the thing which I wanted to say Paquetá needs to be on left side Piatek beside Suso….this is his natural position closer to forwards and providing that defense cutting passes like the one he did in last Match and if Giampaolo is opting for hakan I think it’s again useless, Bonaventura would have been a preferred option in that position…..but well let’s see midfield lols solid Kessié can provide some steel on one side with Bennacer in middle and Paquetá on other (but then he needs to be allowed to move forward with ric rod covering… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Nick, mgmt can also be replaced by people who actually understand football

Soheil
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Soheil

I don’t think he has any problems playing in two forward formations. Our main problem is not making any opportunity for him. Not even a single pass that leads to a half chance goal. We should be realistic. He is a great finisher but that’s it. He can’t score when others don’t provide

Rossi
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Rossi

Thats right Piatek is a finnisher who needs service, he is not Zlatan type of player who can create by him self or muscle his way thru. No matter the formation he cant play with his back towards goal, he is some one who need service to score.

Rokes Rossoneri
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Rokes Rossoneri

Exactly. Same as cutrone. Haha

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Just get a decent LW, and forget these formation nonsense: 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 makes no real difference (I would actually describe our formation last year as more of the latter than the former). Leao could be a good sub on that spot btw.

The Big Dog
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The Big Dog

First of all what kind of formation is 4321 where you play with 2 trequartistas? It’s just as odd as Giampaolo who is quickly showing his gross incompetence. After the disgraceful last week, he himself said that our players needed to play in their natural positions. So how is Suso still in the AM role and Calhanoglu playing in the same unnatural role any different? The scheme: My understanding of Giampaolo is that this Guy has only used 4312 all his life where he relies on one vertical line regista and trequartista and a center forward with no need for… Read more »

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Farac_milan

Giampaolo’s formation needs a Theo hernandez and might suit conti more than Calabria. I think he used the wrong players last sunday but I don’t think we should stop supporting him. A 4-3-1-2 with Theo, Romagnoli, Caldara(other cb?), Calabria, Bennacer, Kessie, Bonaventura, Paqueta, Piatek and Correa is a strong line up. Try Bonaventura as trequarista and Calhanoglu. Give Leao some playing time as second striker and striker and keep Castillejo as a back up. Suso can leave, and after the last match Borini should only be used in attack when all other options are unavailable. Maybe even try a midfield… Read more »

The Big Dog
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@Farac You’re right. But like I said the first half of the season will tell us if Giampaolo can used our promising squad to get a good results. After Juventus we have the best promising squad in joint position with Inter even with Lukaku and Sanchez. Hopefully we shall see. I don’t give my optimism to gamblers.

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Alexmilan

Calhanoglu is a natural trequartista ! This is his main position where he played at Hamburg or Leverkusen, not mezzala, not regista or left winger ! So take it easy with Calhanoglu trequartista in unnatural position ! Suso is more adapted to switch as second striker than trequartista, so this time Giampaolo is on the right track ! I don’t understand why he didn’t choose from the start this line up

Gman
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Gman

You should now that trequartista is not a position but a trait/characteristics. Hakan was moved down to the midfield in his last season in Bayer because he became slower with the ball at his feet.

Soheil
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Soheil

The kind that brought us too many UCL trophies! Strange comment! 4-3-2-1 (known as Christmas tree) is the famous formation used mostly by Carleto (& the name of his famous book). It’s very fluid formation that can easily change to 4-3-3 or 4-3-1-2 in any time in the game. It’s not a bad shift considering our players.

Soheil
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Soheil

You wrote such a long comment that I can’t read to the end but you don’t even know how we won our last 2 Champions league!!

F1j1 milano
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F1j1 milano

Seriously impressed with this guys tactical analysis

Titus Omotara
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Titus Omotara

This is called the Christmas tree formation and it was used during ancelotti days with kaka and seedorf behind inzaghi…. A very good formation if the two 10s behind d striker are really skillful

dapito
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dapito

we cant compare 4-3-2-1 Mr. Ancelotti with milan squad right now… Mr Ancelotti have 2 walls, gattuso and ambrosini… 2 great wing…. oddo/cafu right serginho/kaladze/janku left.. and one director, mr pirlo… and 3 players for attack (kaka, inzaghi and seedorf) then you can compare with our squad right now…. suso no, hakan no, borini no and etc

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

Why the hell Giampaolo didn’t play the same 4-3-2-1 against Udine, we never know ! Why the hell to play Bennacer and Leao when we were losing the game and the pression was big instead of using them from the beginning ? Why Borini midfielder and starter before Kessie and Krunic ? Why Suso trequartista before Calhanoglu and Paqueta who played as trequartista at previous clubs ? Why Suso was not tried as second striker like Quagliarella ? Why not Andre Silva instead of Castillejo ? WTF was the first representation against Udine ? A mascarade ? Giampaolo was the… Read more »

The Big Dog
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The Big Dog

@Alexmilan LOL! Your questions were spot on. What like more was the fact that you also knew the answer to those questions. LOL

Anyone who gives you a thumb down for your comment is sadly because you were too harsh with Moron calling or they are not very smart to figure all the things that Giampaolo could have done to prevent the embarrassment of last weekend. These where my main reasons for writing Giampaolo off in the first place.

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

The fact is that I appreciate Giampaolo, but what he did was insane, I was really shocked how amateur he could have been at that game ! Unreal ! Borini when you have Kessie, Krunic, Bennacer or even Jack. Castillejo who played badly every friendly in this preseason when you have Leao or Andre Silva ?? No shot on target in 90 minutes against Udine ? What was that ? Gattuso outsmarted Giampaolo all the time except last game against Sampdoria.

Big Dog
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@Alexmilan Sure! Don’t you think it would be better to field Leao, Piatek and possibly Everton in 433 since Calhanoglu and Suso have not been ideal as a winger? My point is that both are not fast enough to be wingers. That is why our attack in 433 would be slow like last season unless Giampaolo has in mind to slowly replace those two players with Leao and possibly Correa or Soares. These players are quicker, more aggressive and dangerous.

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

You cannot exclude Suso from the first eleven, because we don’t have better players. He has technique, dribbling, a fantastic shot with the left foot, ability to deliver assists. You can say he’s slow, lazy, selfish, but he’s good, part of the first 11 !

donbotsane
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donbotsane

FUCK YAAAA!!

Meer-1
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Meer-1

I am wondering, a top coach is one who changes accordingly and rotates their players accordingly to the match conditions…..remember allegri when we were playing arsenal at home and beat them then those Barça matches how allegri use to change formation in middle of the matches to slow Barça tempo and make them sweat hard…..saying that why didn’t Giampaolo changed his tactics when he knew things weren’t working the way he wanted in first half…..he would have changed the formation and probably unsettle udinese and sneak a goal and park the bus like José use to do…..my point is 10… Read more »

Soheil
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Soheil

He actually did change that. We switched to 4-3-3 in last 20 minutes.

Meer-1
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Meer-1

Really may be I didn’t that notice the only thing I was looking and observing was no player had any definite role they were running all overnight the park let’s keep our finger cross and hope for the best on Saturday

Soheil
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Soheil

Yeah the only noticable change was susu on the right side. We played really bad in general & I don’t think it was related to formation. It’s mostly related to player He chose + our players still are on Rino’s defensive tactics. I didn’t see giampaolo,s high pressure system.

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This certainly would make more sense to me than if we was to return to the 4-3-3 formation as it wouldnt compromise the transfer moves we have allready done over the summer, but then again we certainly would need a very strong left wing to be bought as well. I believe we can pretty much forget everything about signing everton soares not because i doesnt want us to buy him but Gremio owns only 50% of his rights so if we are to buy him from them for 40 mil then we would only own half the player so expect… Read more »

nick
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nick

There are rumors that Bakayoko might return to Milan before the transfer window close.

So Bakayoko, Everton Soares and Correa might end up at Milan. Only time will tell I suppose.

Soheil
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Soheil

The only way that I accept that Maldini knows what he are doing is if he brings back Baka. He was one of the few positives from last leason & he is not appreciated in Chelsea. We can buy him for cheap + fans already love him

nick
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nick

Totally agree Soheil.

Ashraf
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Bakiyoko called milan management and said please i want to come back but for me he must rot Chelsea’s bench because he was thinking Chelsea is bigger than us

Soheil
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Soheil

you are one crazy dude!

Alliance
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Alliance

There’s only one quick solution for our problems and his name is Zlatan.

Milanista
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Milanista

I actually agree with you… He should have been brought in last season to stabilize the team. He creates chances out of nothing and doesn’t need service to do so. He also demands 100% out of his teammates without being a negative and poisonous presence like Higuain. Piatek, although I don’t blame him, is starting to do the same thing. Pout and pout. This is why bringing in a natural leader who’s experienced is so important. The team has none of that right now. Biglia has experience but he’s not THE leader. He’s a good vice leader of some sorts.

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Don vito

I am really sad we r reverting to a System other than 4-3-1-2. My love fr this system is unshaken cos it gives u d opportunity to play possession base futbal and it is Milan’s DNA. It also gives u more attacking options and ability to counter attack. Our problem is Suso, he needs to be sold cos he is too slow, predictable and only suits one system that does nt allw fr dynamism, he needs to be sold. I started follwing Milan in Ancelorti’s era, hope we all remember Rui Costa- Inzaghi- Shevchenko nd sometimes, Seedorf- lnzaghi- Shevchenko then… Read more »

dapito
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dapito

agree with you… giampolo must trust with his new players…. juat sell all clowns in milan… then mr giampolo can fit his new strategy…. as long the clowns still in milan dont you ever we can dream champion league or get serie A…

Soheil
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Soheil

Actually Milan in Carleto Era played with 4-3-2-1. I think you can find the interview on internet when he said that they started the game with 4-3-1-2 so Berlu be satisfied but they revert to 4-3-2-1 after 10 minutes. (We never had any sane owner!)

makavelli
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makavelli

@soheil lol. truth tho

tio
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tio

now we’re talking

jhas1111
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jhas1111

————————Donnaruma—————————–
Conti —————- Leo ————– Romagnoli – Theo
Kessie – —–Benacer/lucas – Boneventura/chanalogulu
—————————-paqueta—————————–
———————-leao————-piatek———————

Use the players correctly damn….. Play Lord borini who tuched the ball 13 times in 90minutes,
what do you expect.

dapito
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dapito

every team has 3 side to attack meanwhile AC Milan makes crazy dream get champion leaque poistion with one man LAZY SUSO whom bring ball from right side to center and make crossing or kick ball… and it happens so many times until referee whistle blow end games….

MilanEstonia
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MilanEstonia

I dont understand all the negativity and hate here. its been just one game and we’re all going crazy already? bashing the whole management? Yes its frustrating season after season, but, if all we’re gonna do is be negative even without giving change a chance then all we’re gonna get is negativity. so many plastic child fans here tbh.

dapito
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dapito

its not about one games… we talk about 3 seasons nightmare milan… and it happen AGAIN when milan vs udinese… we become negatif because Milan never changed and always make same mistakes… thats why me and the other friends very mad about this situation…

MilanEstonia
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MilanEstonia

I know its 3 seasons of horror and IT IS FRUSTRATING! But chill out, as much as YOU , i also want the best season to happen. But its a new season, not even 5 games in. Lets be patient and give some time will ya? and then we can start analyze what can be changed. AND pls, all this news outlets saying Gianpaolo will change this, that is all BS. We dont know whats gonna happen. Gianpaolo probably just said maybe we have to change formation to suit players we have, OR maybe its just he’s giving hints to… Read more »

dapito
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dapito

you said changed?? look at when vs udinese, new coach still believe with same squad… now you see the result… we cant changed with same players… we brought new players and he still use 4 clowns when againts udinese?? what a joke…

Andrea
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Andrea

I’m not sure it matters what the formation is. What matters is that the manager advocates this formation all summer, spends all summer tailoring the squad to play it, and then after 1 game changes his mind. Now what? We need to buy and sell to suit the new formation! in a 4312, where does Leao play? Only backup to Piatek. its the lack of continuity that worries me, that’s why our squad is an unbalanced mess because every new manger changes the structure.

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

Why not stay with 4 3 1 2 and put your full strength team out there and see how it goes?

Anybody else starting to get a little worried about transfers? I mean there’s only 4 days left and we’re continued to be linked with new people every day. This Correa saga has been going on for weeks and still haven’t wrapped him up. Now the names of bakayoko and Soares appear. I know it’s not easy but we need to close the deal asap. This is getting ridiculous

nick
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The problem with 4312 is that we need a proven trequartista like Bruno Fernandes. He has a price tag we can’t afford around north of 70m. I’m not a fan of playing any of our players out of their natural position but I was really hoping that Suso could adapt to the trequartista role. unfortunately, like Giampaolo I was wrong. Milan need to abandon the 4312 formation unless we are planning to acquire a proper AM player before the transfer window closes. Highly doubt that is possible. With the players we currently have it would be more beneficial to adapt… Read more »

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

Why Calhanoglu, Paqueta and Bonaventura cannot play as trequartista and we should give up with 4-3-1-2 just because Suso can’t play there ? Why only Bruno Fernandes ? Regarding Bakayoko and Everton…with what money ? They can’t bring Correa with 40 mil and can bring Bakayoko with 35 and Everton with at least 45 mil ??? After not exercising the option to buy for Baka, Chelsea will give him us just for money ! Everton now costs over 45 mil ! With what money ? Maybe one of them to come, even if I’m sceptical

Agustinar
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Agustinar

what is the difference between 4321 to 433 if the player still the same?

Soheil
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Soheil

In 4-3-3 the attacking mids (or wingers) go to the wings and cross or cut through. That is against Giampaolo’s system that likes to keep the ball in the center to create space. In 4-3-2-1 the attacking mids stay behind the Penalty Area and center midfielders or Wing backs go to the wings. I don’t think in our situation it makes any difference. In 4-4-2, 4-3-3- 4-3-2-1 or any other formation, our only attacking system is pass to Suso and see what he will do and we all know what he do.

makavelli
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makavelli

which is very annoying. how can the coach even think of changing formation after just one game? and also because of a one direction player(suso), to my own knowledge i think we have 3 natural trequartista… paqueta, bonaventura & hakan… hakan & paqueta were trequartista at their former clubs before milan changed their destinies… smh and suso has never been a trequatista before now…

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

The wingers are not wingers, are fifty fifty, they have more freedom behind Piatek. In 4-3-2-1 the wingers can play wingers, trequartista and second strikers, in 4-3-3 they play only wingers !

Agustinar
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Agustinar

So in 433, mezzala has more freedom to go up to support the attack or as shooter from second line. This suits to Paqueta, Bona or Calha, not Kessie. And the regista need to be strong in helping the defense. In 4321, mezzala has little freedom which is suit to Kessie, but will hinder Paqueta’s ability. But the regista need to be more creative which is suit to Bennacer. It’s seems a dilemma. Well, I think one formation will succeed if it has the right players, like Barcelona with their 433 (Xavi-Iniesta-Busquets). If not, team need to be flexible depends… Read more »

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Nana

For the first time let us see calhanoglu as a trequartista. Not too much pressure on him either. When coaches prefer a one footed player in suso who is a winger, and sees him asa number 10 instead of the former then I don’t get it. That our number ten in two years have been played out of position and some fans still hates him. Would u guys do da same to Roma if he played at right back. over reliance on suso has had huge negative impact on this team. Instead of him, play paqueta with calhanoglu and let… Read more »

Oluwashevy
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everton soares is the difference

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

Reports saying that talks with Correa have broken down. We better get him or everton. Otherwise we’re in for a long year again. Secondary striker is definitely needed as well as an attacking midfielder. Although we have options there like bona and paqueta if suso doesn’t produce. Possibly a midfielder too. I don’t see us making one purchase if Correa doesn’t come let alone 3

derya
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derya

Now, as per a graphic shown on Sky Italia (via @FMCROfficial on Twitter), it appears Giampaolo will keep his word and switch to the 4-3-3 which was ironically Gattuso’s favoured formation. back four would remain the same from the game in Udine, however Ismael Bennacer is set for a start at regista and he would be flanked by Franck Kessie to the right and Lucas Paqueta to the left. The front three would see Suso return to his more favoured position as a right-winger, while Krzysztof Piatek would be the centre-forward. Hakan Calhanoglu – who played at the base of… Read more »

dapito
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dapito

so i can imagine.we will attack only right side just like 2 season… what a joke

Boskic
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Boskic

What I hate the most is that the whole world knows on wednsday which formation and what lineup will be used on saturday. How on earth is that possible. By the way, I think that this change is just for suso. Other players that played out of positions were Borini(he doesnt even have a natural position anymore, except bench), Castileho who is thin and weak even for primavera standards and Calhanoglu. All of those were Giampaolos decisions cause he HAD players on the bench to play them in their natural positions. As someone said, just play the strongest squad, they… Read more »

OmarLittle
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OmarLittle

So you were happy with how Milan played in preseason and against Udinese? Lol OK

Boskic
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Boskic

Most of the people here were happy with how the team looked on the pitch in preseason. Against udinese it was disaster. I am just saying that team that played on sunday is nowhere near our strongest squad, and my opinion is that with them this formation would be perfect fit. Something like: Donna-Conti/Calabria, Musa/Caldara, Roma, Theo – Jack, bennacer, kessie- paqueta- piatek, leao/silva.

OmarLittle
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OmarLittle

I disagree i thought Milan was horrible in preseason sure they had possession in some games but that doesnt mean anything if u are on the outside and cant come to dangerous chances i mean Milan won only 1 preseason game and we faced some bad teams and didnt convince no excuses with or without Borini and co on the field

Raven
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Raven

Symptoms of overhype and unappreciated past. You’ll get used to it.

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yourBoss

They are abandoning everything already without ever trying the new players they have bought for the new formation. Madness!! You filled wingers all over in a 4312 that doesn’t require a winger characteristics with a deep laying playmaker who’s scared of receiving the ball to dictate the play and then you say the formation has failed?? 4312 is not my favorite but please explain how Duarte Hernandez Krunic Bennacer and Leao have fail in this formation? Or they were never meant to be important pillars of this new formation? Why buying them then?? Well I really hope that they are… Read more »

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

Thank you

makavelli
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makavelli

lol

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Our optimal formation is rather obvious to me. Three creators behind/to the flanks of Piatek. Before Jack got injured these three used to be Hakan/Jack/Suso. When at least two of the three where on form we could challenge any team (and beat midtable competition quite convincingly). We now have Paquetta and maybe Leao for the left to play in this triplet, but Jack is a big question mark. Samu can also play on the flanks, but he’s not much better than Borini. If mgmt can somehow thicken our options for the triplet in this lackluster transfer window, hopefully with a… Read more »

Ted
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Ted

Deal for Correa is apparently off. Now what? What formation they’ll play next game? Who to get? Do we need a second striker? Trequartista? Winger? Too many open questions, team is far from complete, they spent 2 months chasing Correa and there are only few days left of the mercato.

I said it before and I’ll say it again, Suso is no trequartista and he’ll never be, he’s just too one dimensional player suited for wing only. Too late to sell him and too late to get a real trequartista.

Cocor
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Why you guys have to believe in media, look all the lies about Angel Corea&Milan, now its Everton

Assim
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Assim

Navas Aurier Demiral Manolas pelegrini Rakitić Modric James Correa Icardi Everton BENCH : Rugani , Eriksen , Depay , Mariano … I guess you get my point now , media f%$$ed up sooo bad in predicting our moves this mercato. And journalists are not the only ones who doesn’t know shit about what’s going on this Milan’s mercato , it seems no one on earth actually know wtf is happening !! 3 days left , we will hear a lot of FAAKE NEWS during this short period , this can end up really good , or really baad , no… Read more »

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

Seriously, I’m curious to know what you guys think. Im not saying Correa is world class but definitely a great addition to this team and has the potential. But without him and if we don’t get someone like him or better, what does this mean for our season? I woke up today thinking we’ll at least be one step closer to signing him, yet with limited days left we’re scratching our heads as to who or what’s coming? What if we don’t sign anybody? What does that mean for our season? This isn’t stuff that I shouldn’t be thinking about… Read more »