Monday, 7 June 2010

[WC2010] No fixed formation for Italy

Marcello Lippi has pledged a flexible tactical approach as Italy bid to put an indifferent build-up behind them with success at the FIFA World Cup.

The Azzurri have drawn with Cameroon (in March) and Switzerland either side of a defeat to Mexico as they prepare to defend their title in South Africa this summer.

But Lippi, who has experimented with different team set-ups, said: "I have spoken with the players. There are no fixed formations.

"We tried two or three structures and will choose the most suitable, taking into account the shape of players. And the modules are all relative.

"You can say we played in Geneva on Saturday with a 4-3-3, but these are numbers. Italy in the World Cup will vary. We will find the chemistry and we will be there at the World Cup. As protagonists."

Lippi also urged his side to draw inspiration from compatriot Francesca Schiavone's French Open (Tennis) triumph on Saturday, and revealed: "On Saturday afternoon, in the room in Geneva, I was glued to the TV to watch from the first to last point of the final won by Francesca Schiavone.

"(Her performance was) symbolic of my Italy: passion, determination, class and heart. In 2004 I had the example of the Olympic Setterosa (the gold medal-winning women's water polo team) as a reference point. Today it is Schiavone."

The squad will travel to South Africa on Tuesday night ahead of their opening Group F match against Paraguay in Cape Town on June 14.

Source: PA

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