Thiago Motta Wants To Revolutionise Football With 'Super Offensive' 2-7-2 Formation

He may have spent years under the guidance of Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, but Thiago Motta wants to head into management with a completely different mindset in terms of tactics.

Motta wants to play a 'super offensive' formation.

The 36-year-old currently manages Paris Saint-Germain's under 19 side and in a brilliant interview, the Italian says he wants to revolutionise the game by using a 'short' team who 'control the game with high pressure and a lot of movement with and without the ball.'

Oh, and he wants the goalkeeper to count as a midfielder. Genuinely.

In an interview with Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, the former PSG midfielder explained his tactic and to be honest, I'm convinced by his methods:

"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:

"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. The goalkeeper starts the play, with his feet and the attackers are the first to put pressure to recover the ball."

Motta went on to say that his goal is to manage the Paris Saint-Germain first team.

Now that would be a sight.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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