Playing 3 behind, Hernandez would advance in the middle as in France. Median: Bennacer, Tonali and Kessie behind Brahim
A goalkeeper who is already a certainty, nine defenders, nine midfielders, six forwards: twenty-five players used by Stefano Pioli during the season, according to the division that makes him the official Rossoneri website. But adaptability is the characteristic of many team representatives: a gift, together with the breadth of the squad, which allows Milan a huge variety of solutions. Pioli can decline his eleven in multiple versions: it is not just a numerical exercise, the arrangement of his will allow you to surprise your opponents, going beyond the scheme and distribution by now tested. The coach’s ability to involve all the players in the squad is also an additional resource: Romagnoli in defense remains more than an alternative to Kjaer and Tomori, in the middle Tonali is at the level of Bennacer and Kessie, no longer a luxury change, in front of the goals of Rebic and Leao will not disappear once the area is filled with Giroud, who is close to returning, and Ibra, shortly after.
What if Pioli no longer wants to choose two of Romagnoli, Kjaer and Tomori? Seeing them at the same time on the pitch would not be a defensive solution but an idea to surprise and at the same time advance Theo Hernandez on the line of the midfielders. From there began his pursuit of a leading role in Nations League champion France: Theo started as a left-handed winger in the 3-4-1-2 against Belgium, and in the final he scored the winning goal. It was repeated with Spain: the crossbar denied him the second goal in the tournament, the assist for the doubling of Mbappé led him to be decisive again. For Deschamps, that is Theo’s ideal role, a solution that Pioli could propose to Milan: better than anyone else he knows the qualities of Hernandez, who is very fast in the sprint and decisive in the goal zone. The four-man median could be completed on the other side by Saelemaekers: he plays with such intensity as to allow him to cover an area of the field even wider than the current one.
The midfield could open up to three interpreters: once Bennacer has recovered his centrality, and Kessie will be back in the best of condition (another 90 minutes on the field yesterday, and in goal from a penalty against Malawi), Pioli should make a heavy renunciation : Tonali, in constant growth, today is irreplaceable. The median could then foresee them all, with the double director and giving up the external ones. In the 4-3-1-2 there would then be room for Brahim Diaz on the frontline and for two forwards. Two strikers, when Ibra and Giroud will finally test their coexistence, but also one of the two paired with Rebic or Leao. Rafa’s speed breaks the games if he can free himself in the wing, as happens today, but as he would in 4-3-3. And also to Rebic, a precious spare bomber in the absence of the center forward, an alternative range of action will be found: second striker or even an added attacking midfielder, in an unusual 4-3-2-1. When Messias is recovered, the possibility of choice will increase even more: like many of his colleagues in the squad, the former Crotone also has qualities that allow him to cover more roles. As well as Florenzi, another injured in the group.
Among the merits that the fans, more or less illustrious, recognize the coach is that of being followed by the team: what he proposes is welcomed with enthusiasm. A collaboration that, when the squad is even wider, will allow you to experiment with new territories. And once again the participation of all will be decisive: today Pioli used nine of the ten defenders in the squad, with the exception of Conti. Kalulu, Ballo-Touré, Florenzi and Gabbia also played. In midfield he expects to find Bakayoko and Krunic, to whom he has already given space, and to understand if the market will cut Castillejo, so far on the sidelines. In attack, Daniel Maldini has already imposed himself, while Pellegri is looking for the first goal, but it is a change that the coach has exploited in three different circumstances in A. In this Milan there is room for everyone, and everything is possible.
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