Genoa CFC – AC Milan: Milan Edge Out Four Red-Card Thriller (1-2)
This game had it all: a goalkeeping howler, a penalty save and let’s not forget the small matter of four red cards. Marco Giampaolo’s Milan career was on the line before this fixture and his tactical switch up yielded more questions than answers, but he managed to escape the Stadio Luigis Ferraris with all three points.
Tactical analysis and match report by Tom Quartly.
Marco Giampaolo’s position as manager of AC Milan had not got any less tenuous, as a 3-1 defeat last time out against Fiorentina had gotten him just one sour result away from the sack. What was interesting an hour before kick-off was the tactical alteration he had employed. Deterring from his usual 4-3-1-2 shape, Giampaolo preferred a 4-3-3 formation. This was a bold statement from the Milan manager as he usually enjoys using a midfield diamond, with Ismaël Bennacer in the regista role and Suso just behind the two forwards.
Instead, a combative duo of Lucas Biglia and Franck Kessié allowed Hakan Çalhanoglu to operate in what can potentially be seen as his best role: a mezza’la A mezza’la is a more proactive midfield player that works in a wide capacity as a number ten. on the left of the three. It gives him room to trouble the halfspaces If you divide the field in five vertical lanes, the halfspaces are the lanes that are not on the wing and not in . . .