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AC Milan's Massimiliano Allegri Needs to Switch to 4-3-3

Allegri needs to change his system.
Allegri needs to change his system.Claudio Villa/Getty Images
Tim FontenaultCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2012

Managers are blamed whenever a team is playing poorly. But in the case of AC Milan, Massimiliano Allegri is actually at fault and if he wants to keep his job he should consider changing formations.

Milan have played a 4-3-1-2 throughout the Allegri era, but with the new players Milan have, it may be sensible to switch to a 4-3-3.

There's no need to go on and on about the sales and departures from Milan this summer. It's time to start talking about the players that were brought in, such as Bojan Krkic and Giampaolo Pazzini.

Pazzini started alongside Stephan El Shaarawy, Milan's soon to be 20-year-old wonder, on Saturday and it looked like they couldn't work together with both as strikers.

Why not move El Shaarawy out wide?

The only thing that changes in the formation is that instead of an attacking midfielder and two strikers, there would be two wide players with a loan striker (likely Pazzini or Alexandre Pato) up top and a combination of players including Bojan, El Shaarawy, Robinho and Kevin-Prince Boateng out on the wings.

AC Milan have absolutely no attacking creativity and at the moment, a little creativity in attack would be beneficial. With questions marks on defense, especially at center back, they need to be solid in the attacking third.

Obviously Allegri's current strategy isn't working and it needs to change. For as weak as the defense is, they've allowed only three goals this season through three games, so there is potential to take control of matches. The problem is, they first have to start putting goals in the net.

It won't happen, but Allegri really should switch to a 4-3-3. If I were the manager, this would be the team I'd go with for Tuesday's Champions League match against Anderlecht:

Christian Abbiati

Ignazio Abate, Daniele Bonera, Francesco Acerbi, Luca Antonini

Antonio Nocerino, Nigel De Jong, Riccardo Montolivo

Stephan El Shaarawy, Giampaolo Pazzini, Bojan Krkic.

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