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post #1 of (permalink) Old January 10th, 2017, 19:33 Thread Starter
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4-4-2 vs 4-3-3


Abate --- Paletta --- Romagnoli --- De Sciglio
Suso --- Locatelli --- Pasalic --- Bonaventura
Lapadula --- Bacca



Abate --- Paletta --- Romagnoli --- De Sciglio
Kucka --- Locatelli --- Pasalic
Suso --- Bacca --- Bonaventura

Montella's 4-3-3 has proven to be effective on the whole, but a case could be made for 4-4-2 being a worthy alternative.

  • Lapadula is a good foil to Bacca and their styles of play compliment each other. As good as his movement and finishing are, Bacca can sometimes look a little isolated in a 4-3-3. Having Lapadula alongside him would allow him more opportunity to ghost into spaces
  • Niang is not good enough as a winger in a 4-3-3. In a more central role alongside Bacca/Lapadula he may improve
  • Locatelli alongside Pasalic/Kucka/Bertolacci has potential too. Kucka perhaps the least suitable choice as he is better suited to a 4-3-3.

The successful switch of formation against Cagliari led me to consider this, and although I don't think Montella should make a full switch to 4-4-2 as the main formation, it looks like it could be a decent alternative at the very least.
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