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AC Milan Manager Stefano Pioli Testing A 4-4-2 Formation Possibly To Accomodate Ibrahimovic and Giroud

The game plan needs to adapt to the players but hopefully one or two solid reinforcements arrive.

AC Milan Training Session Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/AC Milan via Getty Images

Calcio Mercato are reporting that AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli has been testing out alternate formations in the pre season thus far. The manager is likely reacting to the shortages of players available due the numerous commitments for national teams this summer. A new set up doing the rounds is a 4-4-2 given the manager now has Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud at his disposal and no starting attacking midfielder. The chance to have the two veteran strikers up front must be intriguing and this takes the pressure off Maldini and Massara to sign a top attacking midfielder. The focus would then have to be just a right winger who is technically gifted and fast to make use of the wing.

The idea is interesting but the big gap in the argument is a scenario when either of the strikers gets injured or they both do given their age. This would lead to chaos as there is no depth behind them following the departure of Lorenzo Colombo. Rafael Leao and Ante Rebic would be options but they flourish on the left wing more than as strikers.