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István Tóth: the Italian system

Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2021-06-25 18:22:26


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István Tóth also starts with a drawing. The figure below outlines the location of each player set up in the Italian system.
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— As you can see, — says Tóth — in the Italian system, the back guard is in the middle, the wing covers are out on the edge, and the striker line is playing in a deep W-shape.
— This system is not very simple and there are many versions. Let’s start by describing each role on the defender. The defenders, as can be seen from the drawing, they are usually inside, and one is always a defensive reserve, but sometimes both. They don’t have a specific person to catch. Then later I will come back to when and which defender will catch the winger and when the centre-forward.
— It is the duty of the centerhalf to catch the opponent's centre-forward. If the centerhalf advances in the attack, the defender whose side is unloaded is taking over. So if the ball is on the right, the left back is for the opponent’s centre-forward. If the opponent's centre-forward is very dangerous, then of course the centerhalf can't go much forward.
— The essence of Italian defense is change, which must be very quick and determined. Now let's look at the position of the Italian defense when we attack. Let's say on the right. The situation is illustrated by the following figure:
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Colaussi Piola Biavati
Meazza
Ferrari Serantoni
Andreolo
Foni
Locatelli Rava
Italy 1938 Explanation:
While attacking on the right flank, for example, the left half-back — Locatelli — would drop deep to cover the opponent's left winger, with Foni going to the side to cover the right winger. Ferrari, the left insider, would also drop to the left side of the centerhalf — Andreolo. On the forward line, Meazza would act as an up-front insider. Tóth continues:
— As you can see, in Italian defense, at least three defenders play even when we attack, but one of them is always the edge cover on the unloaded side. This is in line with the midfielder in the middle because the Italians played a lot of ambush. This wing cover complements the quarterback to three. In the current figure, the center cover does not go much forward and encircles the opponent's center striker together with the left back. On the attacking side, the connector tries to catch up, but on the other side, our connector is much further back. This figure otherwise depicts the attack at the moment of its launch, say the right-wing defender had just advanced it to the right-wing. As the attack progresses, of course, the whole company comes forward, the opponent's liaisons rush back to their own goal, so by the time our quarterback reaches the halfway line, only the opponent's three forward battles will be left out.
— The most common form of defense in Italian defensive system is formed by the two half-backs over the wingers, the centerhalf cover on the centre-forward, and the connectors reaching the defenders when they catch up.
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