And so we play yet another game in the Coppa Italia. The 4-2-3-1 formation won by quite a large margin, and it’s clear that it should be given every chance for the players to gain familiarity with it, especially in the Coppa Italia.
Neto beats out Gianluigi Buffon for the spot between the posts, by a rather slim margin. Max confirmed that the Brazilian goalkeeper would get the start, so a majority of voters will get their wish.
In defense, Leonardo Bonucci leads the way with the most selections, with Giorgio Chiellini selected as his central partner. To either of their their sides, Stephan LIchtsteiner and Alex Sandro were selected. Kwadwo Asamoah did make a decent push, however, with 69 votes.
Asabob in for Sandro to give the Brazilian some much-needed rest!
For the midfield pivots roles, Sami Khedira and Miralem Pjanic were the players selected. That’s good, considering that Claudio Marchisio and Stefano Sturaro weren’t called up so we don’t have to shuffle the results around at all.
Khedira isn't good enough, we have to sell him at the end of season as Lemina, Asamoah, Rincon. We have Kostanos or Vitale.
In front of those two, Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala, and yes, Marko Pjaca, were selected to play behind the lone striker. There was plenty of support for Pjaca:
Pjaca to keep him in good form
I'd like to see Pjaca starting here, but Allegri should not rotate too much.
Pjaca on the right. It'll be a more open game and I think he'll do well against their somewhat weak defense.
Pjaca for Cuadrado, he's been far from his best, and clearly needs a rest.
Pjaca from the start instead of Cuadrado. We could use again some of his left foot cutting inside from the right.
Pjaca should play more
And Gonzalo Higuain starts up front. Not much to say there.
It is very difficult to rotate the four attackers with only five viable options in Allegri's 4-2-3-1. Perhaps sit Cuadrado and start Pjaca on the right?
I do think there’s merit to this statement. At what point does this formation become unsustainable based on the players we have available? Does one injury up front basically end its viability? For now, it makes sense to run it while it’s hot, but only time will tell.
I had the same lineup, I don’t think that now is the time to rotate. I would much rather see rotation done against Udinese on Sunday.
BWRAO & Anthony’s Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Neto; Alex Sandro, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Stephan Lichtsteiner; Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic; Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala, Marko Pjaca; Gonzalo Higuain.