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Pep Guardiola's tactics have 'ruined' Italian defenders - Giorgio Chiellini

Pep Guardiola's tactics have 'ruined' Italian defenders - Giorgio Chiellini
From ESPN - November 9, 2017

Juventus centre-back Giorgio Chiellini says a generation of Italian defenders have been "ruined" by Pep Guardiola's tactics.

Guardiola played for two seasons in Italy but has never managed in the country. Nevertheless,Chiellini says his work atBarcelona, Bayern Munich and now Manchester City has been reflected in young defenders.

Speaking this week as Italy prepare to face Sweden in a World Cup playoff,Chiellini saidGuardiola's influence has led defenders to value distribution over marking.

Coining a new term for "the Guardiola way," Chiellini said: "Guardiolismohas ruined many Italian defenders a bit -- now defenders know how to set the tone of play and they can spread the ball, but they do not know how to mark. Unfortunately, that's the way it is.

"When I was young, we used to do drills to get a feel for the man you were making. Nowadays, from crosses, Italian defenders -- and I can only really talk for Italian defenders, I am only relatively interested about foreign players -- do not mark their man.

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