Friday, November 10, 2017

Pep Guardiola's tactics have 'ruined' Italian defenders - Giorgio Chiellini

Guardiola played for two seasons in Italy but has never managed in the country. Nevertheless, Chiellini says his work at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now Manchester City has been reflected in young defenders.

Speaking this week as Italy prepare to face Sweden in a World Cup playoff, Chiellini said Guardiola's influence has led defenders to value distribution over marking.

Coining a new term for "the Guardiola way," Chiellini said: "Guardiolismo has ruined many Italian defenders a bit -- now defenders know how to set the tone of play and they can spread the ball, but they don't know how to mark. Unfortunately, that's the way it is.

"When I was young, we used to do drills to get a feel for the man you were making. Nowadays, from crosses, Italian defenders -- and I can only really talk for Italian defenders, I am only relatively interested about foreign players -- don't mark their man.

"It's a great pity because we're losing our DNA a bit and some of those characteristics which had made us excel in the world."


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