AC Milan – Torino: The Rossoneri End Their Rotten Run Despite Disappointing Performance (1-0)
Milan looked to end a disastrous run of form of four straight losses and seven matches without a win when they took on Torino, who were now just one spot behind them in the table. The pressure was starting to show in Stefano Pioli's tactical decisions as he switched up systems in the previous couple of matches, so all eyes for on his choices this time around.
Tactical analysis and match report by Neel Shelat.
Milan's derby loss last weekend was symptomatic of their issues since the turn of the year. Their title charge has been completely derailed on the other side of the World Cup break, and they have even dropped out of the Champions League spots now.
Torino, on the other hand, were looking to benefit from Juventus’ points deduction as they occupied the best of the rest spot. If Inter go on to win the Coppa Italia, seventh place will offer European football for next season, so it is absolutely worth fighting for. The disgraced giants were only four points behind them, though, so Torino were in an uphill battle.
Milan persisted with the back three system they used last week, so Ciprian Tătăruşanu had Pierre Kalulu, Simo Kjær and Malick Thiaw ahead of him between wing-backs Alexis Saelemaekers and Theo Hernández. Sandro Tonali was joined in midfield by Rade Krunić with Brahim Díaz not too far ahead of them. Rafael Leão operated off Olivier Giroud, mostly on the left side of the attack.
Torino lined up in their usual 3 . . .