Stefano Pioli said there would be radical changes to shake Milan out of their crisis and that also means a change of system for Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina.
They take on arch-rivals Inter at San Siro on Sunday at 19.45 GMT, just a couple of weeks on from the humiliating 3-0 defeat in the Supercoppa Italiana in Riyadh.
It has been a dismal run for the Rossoneri in 2023, as since fumbling a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Roma in stoppages on January 8, they have crashed out of the Coppa Italia to 10-man Torino, lost the Supercoppa 3-0 to Inter, then managed one point from the last three Serie A games, including a 4-0 defeat to Lazio and 5-2 to Sassuolo.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Pioli set his men out in a 3-4-3 formation during today’s training session, which lasted 40 minutes longer than their usual routine.
It wasn’t the only change, as Milan also tested a 4-3-3 approach, different to his traditional 4-2-3-1 that helped secure the Scudetto last season.
Simon Kjaer was brought into the defence to replace injured Fikayo Tomori, while Brahim Diaz hopes to flourish with the switch to 4-3-3.
That role starting from the right to cut inside was after all where Brahim Diaz gave his best and the pressure is on to deliver, otherwise Milan might reconsider the option to buy him from Real Madrid for €22m.