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Old 18-06-2019, 19:19   #21
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Originally Posted by Goodfella View Post
How long until the team drops the forced, impractical 4-3-1-2?

It took 3.5 games in 2012/2013.
No more than a few preseason games in 2013/2014.
8 games in 2014-2015.

I think we'll hit a post-2012 record this time. Giampaolo has used 4-3-1-2, from start, in EVERY single game in charge of Sampdoria and Empoli, with zero exceptions. He might stick to this until he's fired, and that's probably not going to happen until at least a few months into the season.

The only hope is that he mimics Sarri once again.
Giampaolo wasn't this strongly associated with 4-3-1-2 until he replaced Sarri at Empoli, and copied him, which saved his career.
4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 were his thing at Catania.
It's Sarri who was the 4-3-1-2 guy, and he tried to bring that over to Napoli, but he quickly realized it was impractical and shifted to a 4-3-3 that was a more advanced form of Benitez' 4-2-3-1.

Hopefully Giampaolo is as pragmatical as the guy who saved his career.
And hopefully Maldini and co aren't stupid enough to put all the eggs in one shitty basket, 4-3-1-2 in this case. It would repeat the mistakes of 2013, 2015 and 2017 summer mercati.
The attackers we sign need to be versatile and dynamic. Our trequartista signing needs to be a dynamic attacking player who can also play wide. As only Paqueta right now seems remotely able to play there in our current squad, and even he lacks the speed and ball carrying ability to majorly succeed there IMO.

Both of our SS signings should also be able to play wide.

Once we follow this kind of thinking then the only major difference is if we play 4312 primarily then we'll need an immense LB. We can get by with RR and wide forward systems, but not in a 4312.

It really would be silly indeed to sign specialist TQ's or specialist SS's, but the good thing is, nowadays these types of players don't really exist, as almost everyone plays with wide players and single CF systems.

So someone in the mould of Ziyech for TQ who can play wide, works extremely hard, attacks space off the ball, and can carry the ball with decent pace would be the archetype signing.
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