28 Sep 2020 11:50 AM +00:00

FIFA 19: AC Milan Career Mode Guide, Tactics, Formations & Tips

AC Milan have been regarded a ‘sleeping giant’ in recent seasons, with the Italian heavyweights winning just two Serie A titles this century. Backed by big money and with promising young players, the club is set to return to those heights, but they must remember how it feels to win again.

Your task on FIFA 19’s Career Mode is to bring silverware back to the San Siro once again, and with this Milan squad, it’s certainly possible. RealSport gives you all you need to know as you set up your Career Mode with the Rossoneri. 

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Team Rating

AC Milan receive a four and a half star rating on FIFA 19, which is made up by an 80 attack, 80 midfield and 80 defence.


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AC Milan’s default formation is a 4-3-3 flat, but we think you should alter this slightly into a 4-3-3 holding. Other options are a 4-5-1, 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 defend.  


Young goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma (89 GK reflexes) gets the nod of Pepe Reina in net, with the back four made up by Davide Calabria, Mattia Caldara, the emerging Alessio Romagnoli (88 marking) and left back Ricardo Rodriguez.

Lucas Biglia is in defensive midfield with Giacomo Bonaventura and Hakan Calhanoglu just ahead of him. Chief creator Suso (86 short passing) is out on the right wing, with Samu Castillejo on the left and Patrick Cutrone through the middle.

Pepe Reina, Mateo Musacchio, Ignazio Abate, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Franck Kessie, Diogo Laxalta and Kryzsztof Piatek are on the bench. 

Tactics and instructions

With two dynamic central midfielders, movement will be the key as you play with this AC Milan side. When you pick the ball up with Giacoma Bonaventura (83 dribbling) and Hakan Calhanoglu (85 dribbling), look to drive forward and beat opponents to open up space. 

The wingers can they drift inside any look to attack through the heart of the defence, with Suso (88 dribbling) and Samu Castillejo (85 dribbling) also capable of beating a man. If you don’t have full trust in striker Patrick Cutrone, don’t be afraid to shoot from range with Bonaventura (86 long shots), Suso (87 long shots) and Calhanoglu (88 long shots). 

Your full backs will be the men to supply the width, and when they do pick the ball up, there should be plenty of options in and around the box. Ricardo Rodriguez (86 crossing) has a wand of a left foot, and he will be your main outlet in this department.

Your instructions can help you achieve these tactics more efficiently, and your first port of call should be to adjust Lucas Biglia’s attacking support to ‘stay back while attacking’ to protect the back four.

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As for Hakan Calhanoglu, you need to get him into dangerous positions, so his support on crosses should be adjusted to ‘stay on edge of box for cross’ and his positioning freedom to to ‘free roam’. 

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For main man Suso, put his chance creation to ‘cut inside’ and his support runs to ‘come short’

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In your training sessions, you can grow the ability of your players, especially those not receiving regular minutes. At AC Milan the players with high growth are Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alessio Romagnoli, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Davide Calabria, Mattia Caldara and Franck Kessie

The Transfer Market

Starting transfer budget: £79 million

Starting wage budget: £208,000 a week

Who should go


The AC Milan is well balanced this season, and especially with some useful players in on loan, you don’t need to make any drastic sales in the transfer market. Antonio Donnarumma is the fourth-choice goalkeeper, and he can be let go for £350,000 which saves you £13,000 a week. 

As for outfield players, Ignazio Abate should be sold as a new right back is going to be on your transfer shortlist. Sell the Italian international for £3.5 million to free up £60,000 a week in wages.


Just one man should be sent out on loan, goalkeeper Alessandro Plizzari. The youngster isn’t going to make many appearances behind first teamers Gianluigi Donnarumma and Jose Reina, so loan him out for the next season or two. 

Who to sign

New transfer budget: £82.6 million

New wage budget: £281,000 a week

Reliable striker

After the loss of Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea, AC Milan look very light up front, especially with Krzysztof Piatek being severely underrated (15 goals in 22 Serie A games). Bring in an experienced, reliable forward to smash the goals in for you this season.

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Radamel Falcao fits the billing, with the Colombian netting 18 Ligue 1 goals for Monaco last season. The 32-year-old has an 84 overall rating on FIFA 19, consisting of stats of 91 jumping, 89 heading accuracy and 88 positioning. The number 9 costs £26 million with wages of £101,000 a week.


Alternative options

Player Age Club Country OVR POT Cost Wage
Iago Aspas30Celta VigoSpain8484£28m£40k
Andrej Kramaric27HoffenheimCroatia8384£30m£52k
Olivier Giroud31ChelseaFrance8282£17m£123k
Jamie Vardy31LeicesterEngland8282£20m£85k
Marko Arnautovic29West HamAustria8282£24m£106k

Experienced right back

It’s a similar case at right back, with Davide Calabria having a bright future but not strong enough yet to start on a consistent basis. Someone who can plug that gap for two seasons is all you need.

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Kieran Trippier would be a great shout, with the England right back among the best in the world in the position. The 27-year-old Spurs defender is rated at 82 on the game, and has stats of 91 crossing, 88 stamina and 87 curve. You are looking at a price of £24 million for him, with wages of £87,000 a week.

Alternative options

Player Age Club Country OVR POT Cost Wage
Kyle Walker28SpursEngland8484£29m£145k
Dani Alves35PSGFrance8282£4m£55k
Lukasz Piszczek33Borussia DortmundGermany8181£8m£50k
Thomas Meunier26PSGBelgium8283£25m£77k
Antonio Valencia32Man UnitedEcuador8080£9m£101k



You have some serious decisions to make over contracts expiring at AC Milan, with five players’ deals running out at the end of the season. Jose Mauri is a tricky one with a 72 overall and 79 potential, but with Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie only on loan, you will want cover next season. 

Cristian Zapata is a centre back who can come in a fill in for a few games, but aged 31 his best days are behind him. The Colombian is your fourth-choice centre half so you can afford to release him at the end of the season. It’s the same for Andrea Bertolacci who only has a 77 overall rating, and you can also wave goodbye to Ignazio Abate and Riccardo Montolivo. 

Managerial Objectives

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The managerial objectives are as you would expect for AC Milan, with the club going five years without Champions League action. Brand exposure is the one critical objective, and here you will need to earn £88 million from shirt sales and a further £18 million from competition prize money in the next three seasons. Bringing in big names and claiming pre-season tournament victories can give you a leg-up here. 


For domestic success, you will need to reach the Coppa Nazionale quarter-finals and finish in the top four of Serie A. Your continental success objective is where things get tricky, with the club demanding you to go all the way and win the Europa League

For youth development you must sign a player with a potential of greater than 75 to your youth squad. Then increase his rating by ten overall points. Get your youth scouts out early to achieve this. 

Take Milan back to where they belong

It’s paramount that you get back into the Serie A top four and achieve Champions League qualification. Juventus will be expected to run away with the title, but AC Milan have enough quality to battle and finish above Inter, Napol, Roma and Lazio. It won’t be easy, especially with juggling the other competitions, but the potential of this squad is good enough to deliver. 

Your Europa League goal is difficult, so you must try your hardest to at least reach the final. Remember that if your league form diminishes, you have a second chance of qualification for the Champions League by winning the Europa League. The Coppa Nazionale is a distraction, so give your youngsters a chance in the competition with the aim of achieving that goal by reaching the quarter-finals. 

Looking further ahead, if you continue to grow and add to this squad over the next few campaigns, you should look to launch a title challenge in your third campaign and have eyes on the Champions League the following year. AC Milan were not long ago heavyweights of European football, it’s about time they were competing once again. 

Full AC Milan player ratings

Player Age Pos Country OVR POT Value Wage
Gianluigi Donnarumma19GKItaly8394£30m£23k
Pepe Reina35GKSpain8282£4m£45k
Alessandro Plizzari18GKItaly6684£1m£4k
Antonio Donnarumma27GKItaly6667£400k£13k
Alessio Romagnoli23CBItaly8390£27m£81k
Mattia Caldara24CBItaly8086£15m£64k
Ricardo Rodriguez25LBSwitz.8083£14m£71k
Mateo Musacchio27CBArgentina8080£11m£75k
Davide Calabria27RBItaly8080£13m£46k
Cristian Zapata31CBColombia7878£6m£64k
Ignazio Abate31RBItaly7777£5m£60k
Ivan Strinic30LBCroatia7474£4m£49k
Samu Castillejo23RM LM CMSpain8286£26m£82k
Giacomo Bonaventura28CM LWItaly8282£19m£101k
Lucas Biglia32CDM CMArgentina8282£11m£87k
Tiemoue Bakayoko23CDM CMFrance8085On Loan£75k
Lucas Paqueta20CAM CMBrazil7989£18m£57k
Franck Kessie21CMIvory Coast7988On Loan£21k
Diego Laxalt25LMUruguay7879£11m£67k
Riccardo Montolivo33CDM CMItaly7879£4m£64k
Andrea Bertolacci27CM CDMItaly7777£8m£66k
Alen Halilovic22RM CAMCroatia7683£10m£53k
Andrea Conti24RM RBItaly7579£8m£51k
Jose Mauri22CM CDMItaly7279£4m£38k
Suso24RW CFSpain8385£28m£101k
Hakan Calhanoglu24LW CAMTurkey8084£17m£78k
Patrick Cutrone20STItaly7789£14m£54k
Krzysztof Piatek23STPoland7682£9m£59k
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