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It is time for Milan to run with the 3-5-2

Is the 3-5-2 formation the answer?

SS Lazio v AC Milan - Serie A Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

Andre SIlva’s hat-trick, Calhanoglu’s outstanding performance, and last but not least, the 5-1 ‘manita’ alone speak volumes about last night’s game. It is a given that it’s a little too soon to tell, and besides, Austria Vienna is no Juventus, but all that aside, it’s screamingly obvious Milan just looked extremely good tonight. An almost spotless performance if it weren’t for that one goal conceded- but which took close to no shine from the game, at the end of the day. The team looked together, looked gelled, looked like they knew what they were doing, and had a clear idea of how to go about nailing it down. Personally, I can’t wait for the home game against Lazio. We will have hit our top level by then, hopefully.

The defence, while not put to the test too much, looked nearly watertight. With three men guarding the goal at all times, the wing-backs have more freedom to roam upfield, without having to constantly worry about leaving a gap in defence. But they, by definition, have defensive duties all the same, which means 5 defenders when needeed, with two of them looking to sprint upfield on the break.

It’s very much about the players you put on the pitch together, and last night Montella seems to have hit the nail on the head. There was no end of creativity coming from Calhanoglu, and no shortage of finishing touch, thanks to Silva’s unwavering resolve in front of goal.

All things considered, the team looked even-keeled. Balanced, there’s no other word for it. It may have had something to do with Calhanoglu’s just being inspired tonight or Silva’s determination, or. it may have had every bit as much to do with the formation. So naturally, we’ve got to pop the question: is the 3-5-2 system the answer?

Poll

What’s your take?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    4-3-3
    (10 votes)
  • 78%
    3-5-2
    (414 votes)
  • 19%
    Alternate it depending on the game.
    (105 votes)
529 votes total Vote Now