Juventus centre-back Giorgio Chiellini says a technology of Italian defenders have been “ruined” by Pep Guardiola’s ways.
Guardiola performed for 2 seasons in Italy however has by no means managed within the nation. Nonetheless, Chiellini says his work at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now Manchester Metropolis has been mirrored in younger defenders.
Talking this week as Italy put together to face Sweden in a World Cup playoff, Chiellini mentioned Guardiola’s affect has led defenders to worth distribution over marking.
Coining a brand new time period for “the Guardiola means,” Chiellini mentioned: “Guardiolismo has ruined many Italian defenders a bit — now defenders know the best way to set the tone of play they usually can unfold the ball, however they do not know the best way to mark. Sadly, that is the best way it’s.
“Once I was younger, we used to do drills to get a really feel for the person you had been making. These days, from crosses, Italian defenders — and I can solely actually discuss for Italian defenders, I’m solely comparatively about overseas gamers — do not mark their man.
“It is an excellent pity as a result of we’re shedding our DNA a bit and a few of these traits which had made us excel on the planet.”
Regardless of his issues, Chiellini mentioned he believed Italy remains to be producing younger defensive expertise, together with the likes of Juventus’ Daniele Rugani and Mattia Caldara, and AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli.
“Now, we’d like proficient gamers up entrance, however we additionally have to deliver anyone via in defence as a result of we’re by no means going to have the ability to play Spain’s tiki-taka as a result of it is not a part of our philosophy,” he mentioned.
“Anyway, there are some gamers rising behind us: Caldara, Rugani and Romagnoli have to get some worldwide expertise, however it’s regular, the truth is lots of them have already performed extra video games than I had at their age.”
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