Serie A’s Slip from the Summit

The summer of 2021 has been magical for Italian Football. Gli Azzurri swept aside the competition at the Euros with their vibrant brand of attacking football. Twenty-two of their 26 man squad played in Serie A. From the outside, it would seem like the Italian league was thriving, right? A closer inspection, however, would reveal otherwise.

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Resurgence of the Back Three

One of the most notable tactical trends of the 21st Century is the decline of the 3-man defence. The popularity of the 3-4-3 formation originated during the late 1980s and early ’90s in Italy, when an influx of centre-backs occupied Serie A. Originally created as an extremely offensive formation, the evolution of the 3-4-3 into its current variations (3-5-2, being the most popular) has made it a versatile formation that can be now be used for attacking and defensive set-ups. It grew as a way to counter the most influential formation in modern football, the orthodox 4-4-2. Now many years on, this formation has become a forte to win League titles and Knockout Championships.

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