Once again, the foolish stereotypes about Italian soccer have come back. This time, however, what makes the situation very sad is the fact that they have not come from regular fans or journalists. Instead, it came from a relevant coach who has been among the soccer elite for quite a while now: Andre Villas-Boas.
The former Tottenham manager make this misstep during a recent interview with Gazzetta dello Sport . In a nutshell, he inexplicably brought back the concept of Catenaccio despite the fact that invokes a system that has not been used in many years.
“Cesare Prandelli has changed something compared to the classic style of the Azzurri, proving they don’t just do Catenaccio,” he proudly said, with a tone that only experts are able to express. In reality, however, the 36-year-old authentically insulted the great work done by many managers and teams of a nation that, quite honestly, has written the history of the sport.
In just a sentence, he proved that he simply doesn’t know the legacy left by coaches in the last years such as Marcello Lippi, Arrigo Sacchi, Carlo Ancelotti and Fabio Capello. Saying that Prandelli revolutionized Italy from Catenaccio is basically attributing that system to all of their previous coaches, which is just not true.
Even in the case of Roberto Donadoni, who really didn’t have a memorable adventure with the Azzurri as a manager, it is a mistake to bring the system up. For many years, Italian teams have sometimes achieved results while not playing the type of soccer that most fans like. After all, being able to defend well doesn’t directly relate to playing defensively.