Motta’s 2-7-2 formation is the future of football

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Thiago Motta, who is currently the coach of the Paris Saint-Germain Under-19s side, has said that football’s main formation will soon be 2-7-2 and he would want to use that. Motta was recently talking to Gazzetta dello Sport and he revealed that he would want to play a 2-7-2 formation.

He says he wants to use a “short team” who can “control the game with high pressure and a lot of movement with and without the ball”. “I want the player that has the ball to always have three or four solutions and two teammates close by to help”, he added.

During the interview, Motta revealed: “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”, Motta told.

The ball-playing goalkeeper is becoming popular in the modern game. FC Barcelona Ter Stegen is a prime example of someone entirely comfortable playing the role of sweeper-keeper. But Motta wants to take this even further, and up the pitch.

Eagle-eyed readers may notice that all 11 players are included in Motta’s midfield-heavy formation of the future. “I include the goalkeeper in the seven in the middle”, the 36-year-old explained.

“For me, the attacker is the first defender and the goalkeeper is the first attacker. The game starts from the goalkeeper, with his feet, and the forwards’ pressing wins you the ball back”, he added.