Should Italy use Napoli's 4-4-3 Formation?

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    Given Italy’s unexciting form lately in the European World Cup Qualifiers, they are having trouble being consistent and are barely winning games under Ventura’s current 4-2-4 system. Their recent results showed them drawing 1-1 against a very poor Macedonia side and edging a 1-0 win over Albania this evening. Heading into the playoff round, the Italy coach needs to shake up his lineup to get his players going into a winning rhythm that fans have been accustomed to seeing in the past. Noticing Napoli’s beautiful attacking football this season in their perfect Serie A record under Sarri’s 4-3-3 formation, might be a tactic that could very well benefit Italy’s success. It would be interesting to see if the national team could emulate this and create that attacking build up Napoli-like play that has been lacking in their game.

    Earlier today, the Napoli president spoke to the media today at the annual Calcio Festival slamming Ventura’s formation suggesting him to switch his tactics. He claimed that “It’s difficult to be in charge of a national team, especially Italy, because the coach has to put together players from different clubs and even leagues,” De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia and Mediaset Premium.

    “It doesn’t give you a group at your disposal to work with for any period of time. You’re also under pressure to play or not play various people, so it’s a crazy situation. Don’t forget, Antonio Conte ran away from the Nazionale as quickly as he could.

    “Having said that, I would like to give Ventura some advice: leave the 4-2-4 to one side. It’s a system that is unknown to most of the players in the squad and makes things more complicated than they need to be”. ADL’s comments hold lots of truth as most players do not have experience playing this formation which is becoming apparent in Italy’s poor form as of late. Using Napoli’s 4-3-3 formation in the future and improving their squad selection could just be that spark that the Azzurri are looking for going forward. Most fans would like to see some drastic changes be made right away but would this be the appropriate time to experiment given the importance of qualifying into the 2018 Russia World Cup?

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