Pre-season training has begun in earnest at AC Milan, with Filippo Inzaghi attempting to leave his mark as manager of his former playing club.
Guarded optimism surrounds the Rossoneri, as Inzaghi appears to be serious about installing a new program aimed at returning Milan to the summit of Italian football.
Indeed, Inzaghi has spoken of his desire to implement a mentality similar to that of Diego Simeone's impressive Atletico Madrid side the past few seasons.
"Last season in Spain nobody thought Atletico Madrid could beat Real Madrid and Barcelona to the Liga title," he stated to reporters (via Football Italia), "I didn’t call Diego Simeone, but I watched Atletico and its organisation. I will try to bring my own methods. I like 4-3-3 or 4-4-2."
That mentality, of course, relies heavily upon his players buying into his system. The personnel at Atletico is no match for the talent on hand at Barcelona and Real Madrid, and there is no competition financially either.
Regardless, a winning team was forged by an inspirational manager succeeding in bringing the best out of his players, and this is the model Inzaghi will aim to replicate at Milan.
While the transfer market will continue to churn out rumors until the end of August, Inzaghi seems to have a plan in mind as it pertains to transfer dealings.
Using his preferred 4-3-3 as a template (he used this with the Milan Primavera prior to becoming Milan manager), here is a glimpse at how Milan's lineup may look heading into next season.