Real Betis – AC Milan: Suso leads Milan’s second half recovery against toothless Betis (1-1)

Learning from their previous duel with Betis, Milan started adjusted into a 5-3-2 lineup, reverting from their usual 4-3-3 shape. Their plan only clicked until the second half, by adjusting the positions of Çalhanoğlu and Suso. On the other hand, Betis displayed their strengths and weaknesses. Their buildup from the back is rock solid, but they struggle at consistently creating dangerous chances.

Coach Gennaro Gattuso has a rebuilt Milan as a side who execute a slow careful buildup and defend in a conservative defensive block. This well-defined game plan has yielded them decent results in Serie A, where they are currently in fourth place.

Betis have suffered from a disappointing start to their season. The team’s collective mechanisms in defense and buildup look more solid than ever. However, Quique Setién's team struggle at translating their possession dominance into more and better chances. This, combined with a bad finishing streak, has led Betis to become the second poorest goal scoring record in La Liga and a disappointing fourteenth place in the table.

Betis’ lineup for this game can be described as a 3-5-2 shape. Giovanni Lo Celso, William Carvalho and Sergio Canales were the central midfield trio, with Joaquín and Antonio Sanabria up front.

For Milan, Gattuso learned the lesson from his previous duel with Betis. For that game, it was easier for Milan to defend and play against Betis by shifting formation from their usual 4-3-3 to a 5-3-2, and that’s exactly . . .

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