Thiago Motta became the main talking point of the footballing community after he said that he would be introducing a 2-7-2 formation for Paris Saint-Germain under-19s.
It was suggested that the former PSG, Inter Milan and Barcelona star’s ‘super offensive’ formation would see the ‘keeper be used as one of the seven players in the midfield.
Now, Twitter user coachdogge has broken down a match of PSG under-19s and found that people were reading too much into the idea that the ‘keeper would be one of the midfield seven.
“Thiago Motta’s comments on a 2-7-2 formation ‘where the GK is one of the midfield seven’ made headlines a while ago,” reads the tweet.
“But this is laterally read, as it consists of two players in each outer corridor and seven players (including GK) occupying inner and central corridors. Still nice relations!”
The 36-year-old former Brazil and Italy international provided Gazzetta dello Sport with an insight into his coaching philosophy.
“My idea it to play offensively,” he said. “A short team that controls the game, high pressure and a lot of movement with and without the ball.
“I want the player that has the ball to always have three or four solutions and two teammates close by to help. The difficulty in football is, often to do things simply but to control the base, pass and get free.
“I don’t like the numbers of the field because they trick you. You can be super offensive with a 5-3-2 and defensive in a 4-3-3.
“Depending on the quality of the guys. I had a game a while ago where the two full-backs ended up playing as the 9 and 10. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like people like [Walter] Samuel and [Giorgio] Chiellini, born defenders.”
Would the 2-7-2 formation work in any of Europe’s top five leagues?
Source: Pulse Ghana