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All the facts you should know about AC Milan’s new head coach Stefano Pioli (Part 4)

Put high press

Pioli’s teams tend to up the pitch to increase the pressure on the defending team to move as many players as possible by vercrowding the opposition’s half.

Pioli usually pushes his entire team high then even more to enhance the pressure whilst out of possession. Pioli’s teams are notorious for pressing on the opponents to win the ball back as high up in the pitch as possible using furious and immense. The pressing also continues in possession.

It also relies on Pioli’s players to create something which need enough creativity and not just stand on the opposition half. This is not accomplishing anything with the possession, very tiring for a defence to be exposed to repeatedly, knocking the ball from side to side.

Develop the youth

Pioli is an excellent manager when it comes to maximising the potential of his squad and developing his young players.

Throughout his years at Fiorentina, Inter and Lazio, Pioli has especially improving his young players and had really good results at man-managing his players. The most obvious is the rise under Pioli’s reign at Viola of Federico Chiesa at Fiorentina on the list.

There was Felipe Anderson, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Nikola Milenkovic, and Keita Baldé At Lazio, plus he helped nurture Giovanni Simeone at Fiorentina.

The 53-year-old coach is also really good at getting the best out of his senior players such as Antonio Candreva, Lucas Biglia, Jordan Veretout, Cristiano Biraghi, Marco Parolo and Luis Muriel.

Pioli also historically has not taken too long at implementing his ideas and is capable of quickly instilling in a squad a good atmosphere. His biggest accomplishment is finishing seventh in Serie A which hasn’t impressed the past three seasons. He can duplicate that 2015-16 season that gave Lazio the third place, yet one can hope that this criticism motivates and fires on Pioli even more to succeed at Milan.

All the facts you should know about AC Milan’s new head coach Stefano Pioli (Part 1)

It’s official announced that this summer just over a 100 days after the former got signed, Stefano Pioli has replaced Marco Giampaolo as AC Milan’s manager.

This article will give you more information about the new coach, his personality, formations and tactics, his strengths and weaknesses here belows.

A man-marking approach

When defending Pioli often opts for a man-marking approach instead of the zonal-marking approach. One thing is for certain and that is that it demands bigger responsibility from the defenders so it’s a risk although this has its ups and downs.

There is often not a team-mate there to cover the ground which you’ve just given your opponent, as if you lose your man. This puts increased pressure on his defenders who can not make any mistakes.

His formation

Between 2014-2017 during his tenures with Lazio and Inter Milan, Pioli’s favorite team deployment is a 4-2-3-1, especially when he coached the latter. However, after succeeding Paulo Sousa Pioli switched formation into an attacking 4-3-3 when he took over Fiorentina.

The two formations have been similar that he seem to prefer alternatively great crossers and two fast and technical wingers. There’s usually a complete striker which is skilled at scoring through headers and with both feet centrally between the wingers. During his Fiorentina days Giovanni Simeone occupied and in Inter Mauro Icardi played that role perfectly.

Occasionally at the back Stefano Pioli has used different variations of three. This has mainly been against two types of opponent: Firstly, lower table teams to have as many players as possible on the opponents half where Pioli’s team can play possession based. Secondly, he needs to rely on counters with those that are playing possession and ball moving based football.