Cesare Prandelli, now former coach of the Italian’s Men’s National Team, did not hesitate in finding a new job after stepping down as boss of Italy. Now, he has agreed to coach 19-time Turkish Super League champions Galatasaray.
He replaces fellow Italian Roberto Mancini, who left after enjoying a second-placed league finish behind Fenerbahce and lifting the Turkish cup. The main reason why he departed so soon is due to his yearly salary of €4 million. His replacement will be making less at €2.3 million a year. He will also receive a bonus of $1 million if Galatasaray win the Super League.
Prandelli is expected to make this team a truly dominant one domestically and in Europe. If Galatasaray can manage to win the Champions League, he will be awarded an extra $2 million. Of course that will most likely not be happening, but let’s remember that he took a disciplined Italian side to the final of EURO 2012 and helped them earn a third-placed finish in the 2013 Confederations Cup.
Prandelli is rumored to be bringing Gabriel Paletta, Matteo Darmian and perhaps Pablo Osvaldo – three Italian internationals that can get their jobs done. The former two are defenders and the latter is a smart striker with experience in the Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League. They would instantly be given chances to start for the Istanbul-based outfit.
The system that the Italian enjoys fielding the most is the 3-5-2. With this, the three center backs are usually fast, skilled and strong in the air while being capable of making the best decisions when making tackles and positioning themselves. The five midfielders are all smart and can switch positions whenever need be. The two strikers can both be targets or one could always drop back and pick up possession to create danger for himself or the other striker. This is a brilliant style that Prandelli utilized with Italy before and during the World Cup.
He also enjoys the 4-3-1-2 or a 4-4-2 diamond which involves clogging the middle of the field with players who are constantly moving and passing the ball. The wing-backs push up to be an extra option down the flanks if the play needs to be spread to create breathing room. Prandelli used this during his stint at Fiorentina.
With the contract to be signed tomorrow, Prandelli will put in a lot of time and effort to figure out which players he will keep and who else to bring to Istanbul. We can expect the players to instantly respect and adore their new leader. He is known for building special relationships with each player as this is how he gets them to perform to perfection. This is also the first ever soccer career he accepts outside of his native country.