Hey, believe it or not I like Italian football. I think it's a whole eduction on how to cover and defend - nobody touches the Italians on the purely tactical aspects of the game. But even within the Italian footballing philosophy, I thought Trappatoni was excessively defensive. I've seen Italian football organized in more balanced ways - that's what I'm saying.milano77 said:Now u see my point, it is quite naive of u to call Trap or Italian football cowardish. It is their style of play. U can't do anything with that. Only u can switch off the TV when they play.
But many of us actually like Italian football. Must be quite a strange remark for u. but thats the fact. :angel: Ciao
I appreciate Italian football because IMHO they are to defense what Brazilians are to attack: the whole world could learn something about defense from the Azzurri, just as the whole world tries to copy Brazil's attacking patters and moves. Italy, like Brazil, is a standard of excellence regarding an aspect of the game.
Having said that, I admit that the word "coward" is a very strong one, as fangul pointed out. But it just leaps to mind, I tried to find a better one 'conservative', 'withdrawn'... - but when I think of Vieri alone up front without help from Montella, Fiore, or anybody else... it just seems like a waste. Trap seems 'cowardly' because a manager with defenders like Italy's - Nesta, Cannavaro, Maldini etc - really shouldn't bother protecting them so fiercely, because they could do the job without so much coverage. Like they say, 'The best defense is offense'. But I understand that it's a matter of philosophy. I just think Trappatoni overdid it.
Let me underline that I never meant to insult Italians when I use the term 'coward'. I was aimed at a football manager and his game strategies, which I found excessively concerned with defending minimum goal leads. Not to mention those last minutes against Mexico, particularly offensive - because a man who's running la Squadra Azzurra should be ashamed for laying down his arms and forgetting that the Azzurri should always strive to be number one.
Trap was perfectly happy with the second spot in the group stage, and it brought Italy to a decisive playoff against the 1st-placed team from the other group. Trap probably thought it was the best possible choice of opponent - and boy, was he wrong.