Couldn't find a thread about it, but this subject really interest me. I wanna see what other fans are thinking about it.
So we are well known for our hard-core defending style, never had any issues with it myself (I love counter attacking football), but now that we are out of top tier football, and cannot afford any world class players to make us title (or make that CL place) challengers, I am thinking whether we should continue playing like that.
For good counter attacking football you need good defense, and great forwards, we have neither currently. In result, we just concede a shit load of goals, and get dominated by lesser teams. Many times because we are just trying to sit back and play long balls. I am not saying possession football will ensure us better defending, but surely we won't have to be under-attack everytime we lose the ball, so often. That also comes with pressure making which we barely apply.
Many other Italian fans consider us to have small-club mentality.. mainly because we always cared for the lesser trophies aswell (Italian cup & uefa), but I think some of it is also because of our style. Like, sitting back against Bolgona at home. Being dominated by Siena.... etc.
INB4 I am being labeled as "Go support Barca if you want attractive play you gloryhunter" - I love counterattacking style as I said, but I can't see us succeeding at it with such players, so all I care for, is the best for the team.