In the wake of the first of two Group D games against the hosts Brazil, Italian officials are set to take a closer look at the way Italy’s team will be playing in Brazil.
The World Cup has already started, and in addition to the first game against Germany, Italy will be facing Brazil on Thursday, and the next two games against Germany and Spain are set for Friday and Saturday.
But how will Italy’s defensive line play?
Will they use their traditional 4-3-3 formation or do they look to adapt?
The answer may be both.
According to the Italy coach, Paolo Maldini, the team will start with a 4-4-2 system.
It was used in Italy’s World Cup victory over Portugal in Brazil, and it seems to have worked well.
“I don’t think it was a mistake to do it, but I think it is a little bit too easy,” Maldini told Corriere dello Sport.
“The system is too simple, so we must think differently.
We need to be more flexible.”
The 4-2-3, 4-5-1 or 4-1-4 is a well-known system in the world of football, but it is not the only one.
A system called 4-tiki-taka has been used in many different competitions, and although it is more traditional than the 4-0-4, it is far more technically demanding.
Italy’s defence is in need of some fundamental overhaul, so Maldini is hoping that his system will offer a solution.
“The 4tiki taka system has been working really well in the last few years, so this time we need to think different,” Maldetti said.
There are three basic principles that need to remain constant during the games against Brazil and Germany: