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Milan 2-1 Bologna: Four things we learned

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Milan 2-1 Bologna: Four things we learned

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The 4-3-3 showed signs of promise, but isn’t the answer to all problems

MILAN, ITALY – DECEMBER 10: Ricardo Rodriguez of AC Milan is challenged by Adam Nacy of Bologna FC during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Bologna FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 10, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Much has been said over the course of the season with regards to the shape of the team. Former manager Vincenzo Montella began with a 4-3-3, but as calls grew louder for a three-at-the-back formation after a string of unconvincing performances, he switched to a 3-5-2 (or 3-4-2-1).

Though Montella was sacked, new boss Gattuso administered a similar shape in his first two matches in charge versus Benevento (2-2) and Rijeka (2-0), of which rendered negative results.

On Sunday, ‘Rino’ switched to a 4-3-3 that initially opened up play for the Rossoneri and created some quality chances, but soon got exposed by Bologna who were able to creep back in and make this too close for comfort.

Despite picking up the victory, there are still some questions surrounding the 4-3-3 and whether it definitively solves the bulk of Milan’s problems. Having said that, it’s likely Gattuso will stick by it over the next few matches to see if a consistency in playing with four-at-the-back is the way forward.

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