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All the facts you should know about AC Milan’s new head coach Stefano Pioli (Part 2)

Personality

Stefano Pioli is having an incredible personality despite may be lacking past success in form of top placements in the table and trophies. This is one thing you can’t fault him for and very striking to Gennaro Gattuso is surprisingly enough.

Pioli is a very caring and empathic human being. He creates an affectionate and deep bond with his players so many players admire about him.

There are many signs of his kindness, like just to be the first one new players talk to by meeting up them at the train stations or airport in the middle of the night. All of his honesty, kindness, grace and empathy combines into his players who are ready to go to war for him. He has also bought sandwiches for fans who stopped to serenade him at a gas station as a sign of appreciation.

Pioli has also never been one to refuse for responsibility. He has always been the first one to take the blame when the team goes through rough spells or a common denominator from wherever he has been.

Even if it is the fault of his players, he never lets them become solely accountable. It’s a really admirable personality trait whose much like Rino Gattuso. This can probably explain why his players are so keen on him.

But above all, when Davide Astori’s shocking and tragic death in 2017, Pioli handled the situation surrounding that we simply can’t forget. Stefano Pioli was a supporting pillar in the middle of the darkness and a beacon of light during one of Fiorentina’s darkest moments in their history.

He is seen as a icon simply and club legend by many Fiorentina supporters because of the way he brought through it all with his impressive grace and empathy to the team, fans and the city of Florence. As a tribute to his former captain and late friend, Pioli put a tattoo “DA13” on his arm.

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.