GIORGIO CHIELLINI has accused Pep Guardiola of ruining the artwork of defending in Italy.
Juventus star Chiellini has been one of many world’s prime defenders over the past decade after being schooled within the artwork as a teenager.
However the no-nonsense Italy star says Guardiola’s trailblazing model of soccer has turned the following crop of Italians into gamers who do not know the best way to defend.
Chiellini has even coined a phrase for the development which he fears has ended the nation’s status as the most effective at stopping opponents from scoring – The Guardiola Method.
The Juve ace stated: “Guardiolismo has ruined many Italian defenders a bit.
“Now defenders know the best way to set the tone of play they usually can unfold the ball, however they do not know the best way to mark. Sadly, that is the way in which it’s.
“Once I was younger, we used to do drills to get a really feel for the person you have been marking.
“These days, from crosses, Italian defenders – and I can solely actually speak for Italian defenders, I’m solely comparatively about overseas gamers – do not mark their man.
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“It is an amazing pity as a result of we’re shedding our DNA a bit and a few of these traits which had made us excel on this planet.”
Although Guardiola has by no means managed in Italy, the impression he has made on soccer accountable for Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now Manchester Metropolis has been large.
Extra coaches need to play an expansive sport from the again, and meaning defenders who’re good on the ball.
However Chiellini says the event threatens the potential for Italy to do effectively in future years, as a result of though they’re technically good they don’t have the pure aptitude of the Spanish.
He added: “Now, we’d like proficient gamers up entrance, however we additionally have to deliver someone by in defence as a result of we’re by no means going to have the ability to play Spain’s tiki-taka as a result of it isn’t a part of our philosophy.
“Anyway, there are some gamers rising behind us: Caldara, Rugani and Romagnoli have to get some worldwide expertise, however it’s regular.
“In truth a lot of them have already performed extra video games than I had at their age.”