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'2-7-2 formation is the future of football''

A Paris Saint-Germain legend who currently manages the U-19 side has expressed his intention to revolutionise football with a 2-7-2 formation.

Thiago Motta, who is currently making waves within the development ranks of PSG has said that football’s main formation will soon be 2-7-2 and he wants to pioneer the attack-minded movement.

Talking to Gazzetta dello Sport, the former FC Barcelona midfielder who also played under Jose Mourinho during his time at Inter revealed that he holds aspirations of managing PSG, whom he won 18 major titles with over the course of six seasons before announcing his retirement at the end of last season.

“My idea it to play offensively. A short team that controls the game, high pressure and a lot of movement with and without the ball,” he said.

“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 Samuel and Chiellini, born defenders.”

Later in the interview, journalist Andrea di Caro asked if he was talking about a 2-7-2 formation:

Later in the interview, journalist Andrea di Caro asked if he was talking about a 2-7-2 formation:

“No, the goalkeeper counts as one of the midfield seven. For me, the attacker is the first defender and the goalkeeper is the first attacker.

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