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    2013/2014 Serie A Tactical Preview

    So I just wanted to take the liberty of predicting the formations for all the teams in Serie A; it won’t be thorough, and only for bigger teams will it display substitute XIs, but certainly take it with a pinch of salt.

    This page will be updated as the transfer mercato progresses.
    Also note that it’s organized alphabetically.



    Atalanta

    Colantuono generally sways between a 3-5-1-1 and a 4-4-1-1 type tactic.
    So I’d be confident in seeing:

    Consigli
    Matheu Stendardo Canini
    Cigarini
    Giorgi -- Carmona -- Bonaventura -- Brivio
    Livaja - Denis

    Or:

    Consigli
    Nica Matheu Canini Brivio
    Giorgi - Carmona - Cigarini - Bonaventura
    Moralez
    Denis

    Don’t be surpised to see Migliaccio or Baselli in a DM position and Capello, Stendardo, or Yepes as starting CBs. Expect Raimondi, Biondini, or even Kone to sporadically star in the CM positions, and De Luca to play instead of Livaja.

    Also, in the 4-4-1-1 type tactic, Livaja can play instead of Moralez behind the CF.

    Tbh I think a 3-4-3 would accommodate all their star players into the starting lineup, but I can see that the coach would be concerned about defensive depth:

    Consigli
    Matheu Stendardo Canini
    Cigarini
    Carmona - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Bonaventura
    Moralez
    Livaja - Denis - De Luca

    Note that there's a possibility of Baselli or even Giorgi in the RM position instead of Carmona.
    Also, expect to see some appearances from Matteo Ardemagni in the CF position, who was absolutely brilliant in Serie B, having scored 23 goals with Modena last term.



    Bologna

    Pioli has occasionally used a variant of the 3-5-2 with the Rossoblu (it being very popular in Italy atm), but for the most part has used something along the lines of 4-2-3-1.

    Stojanovic
    Garics Sörensen Cherubin Morleo
    Taider - Della Rocca
    Kone - Diamanti - Christo.
    Bianchi

    Don’t be surprised with Antonsson starring as CB or RB. Expect appearances from Abero as LB.

    Also, there’s a likelihood of Krhin or even Garics starting in the central midfield with either Taider or Della Rocca (depending on how much depth Pioli wants in the MF), because that doble pivot may not be strong enough defensively.

    Expect sporadic appearances from Alibec in place of Diamanti, and Acquafresca as CF instead of Bianchi.

    So an alternate starting XI looks like:

    Curci
    Antonsson Sörensen Cherubin Abero
    Garics – Krhin
    Kone - Alibec - Yaisien
    Acquafresca



    Cagliari

    Pulga’s men did very well last year in the second half of the season, but their starting lineup looks unclear because of the possible departures of Astori and Nainggolan. So I’m going to simply assume they’re not available next season. If they do stay, however, then the formation and the starting XI will not change.

    Cagliari used a 4-3-3/4-5-1/4-3-1-2 type tactic under Pulga as a manager, and it looks likely that they will continue.

    Agazzi
    Pisano Rossettini Murru Danilo
    Conti
    Ekdal - Cabrera
    Cossu - Sau - Ibarbo

    Unless they find a replacement for Astori in the defence, then likely Murru will have to take his place. However, if a new CB comes in, then Danilo will be relegated to the bench (with Murru as the starting LB). There is also a possibility of Ariaudo to take Astori’s place.

    Also note that Cabrera was brought in to the club as the replacement of Nainggolan, but expect some appearances from Cossu in this area also.

    The attack line is much more definite. Don’t be surprised to see Cabrera on the attacking wings with the departure of Thiago Ribeiro.

    A 4-2-3-1 type tactic can, however, accommodate all their best players atm, and it doesn’t really require Conti to be on the pitch (considering his viability for injury at 34).

    Agazzi
    Pisano Rossettini Murru Danilo
    Dessena - Eriksson
    Ekdal - Cabrera - Ibarbo
    Sau

    Overall this section is very inconclusive, because key players may either stay or leave, and Conti’s position in the starting lineup is uncertain.



    Catania

    Rolando Maran has expelled Montella’s 3-5-2 system, and instead installed a 4-3-3/ 4-2-3-1 type tactic at the club.

    Andujar
    Bellusci Spolli Rolín Monzón
    Izco
    Tachtsidis - Castro
    Barrientos - Bergessio - Gomez

    Or:

    Andujar
    Bellusci Spolli Rolín Monzón
    Tachtsidis - Izco
    Barrientos - Castro - Gomez
    Bergessio

    New acquisition Fabián Monzón will certainly take Marchese's spot in the squad (as LB), and don't be surprised if Pablo Álvarez becomes a starter as RB. Also expect to see some appearances from Izco in a fullback position. Biagianti will have appearances as the DM in the team instead of Izco or the CM instead of Tachtsidis on occasion. Don't be surprised to see Almiron in the starting lineup occasionally instead of Tachtsidis. Alexis Rolín will also take the starting berth of Legrottaglie in the starting eleven.

    Castro will start in place of Lodi, but expect to see Catellani in the LW as well (who’s back from a loan at Sassuolo). If Gomez leaves, I’d predict an attacking trio of Catellani, Castro, and Barrientos behind the CF (from left to right on the field).

    Substitute XI:

    Frison
    Alvarez Legrottaglie Gyömber Capuano
    Biagianti
    Almiron - Tachtsidis*
    Keko - Maxi - Catellani

    Or:

    Frison
    Alvarez Legrottaglie Gyömber Capuano
    Tachtsidis* - Biagianti
    Keko - Leto - Catellani
    Maxi

    *Catania don't have a substitute player in this position



    Chievo Verona

    Giuseppe Sannino is coming in from Palermo, and it looks certain he’ll use something along the lines of the 3-5-2, although don’t be surprised to see a 4-4-2 type tactic in the season.

    Puggioni
    Tavares Papp Cesar
    Rigoni - Guana - Hetemaj
    Sestu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Dramé
    Stoian
    Paloschi

    Thereau looks to be too injury prone at his age for a starter, so Paloschi will take his place. Farkas may come in on occasion as a CB (for Tavares), but not very frequently. Expect appearances from Farias and Lazarevic in place of Stoian.

    Additionally, judging by the new recruits to the squad, it looks as if Sannino is intending to implement something like a 4-2-3-1 type tactic:

    Puggioni
    Tavares Papp Cesar Dramé
    Rigoni - Hetemaj
    Improta - Stoian - Lazarevic
    Paloschi



    Fiorentina

    Though Montella did well with the 3-5-2 last year and with Catania before, considering his new signings, it looks likely that he will use a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type tactic (or one of its variants). Additionally the likely losses of Ljajic and Jovetic will force a tactical change away from the 3-5-2.

    Neto
    Tomovic Gonzalo Savic Pasqual
    Pizarro
    Valero - Aquilani
    Cuadrado - Gomez - Ilicic

    Or:

    Neto
    Tomovic Gonzalo Savic Pasqual
    Valero - Pizarro
    Cuadrado - Aquilani - Ilicic
    Gomez

    There is a possibility of Roncaglia at RB or Alonso at LB. Also, don’t be surprised to see Romulo as RB as well. Fernández may take Aquilani’s place in the starting eleven, and may have sporadic appearances in the RW. Expect to see Rossi alternating with Gomez as CF.

    I’d be surprised if Montella gives Neto the starting berth as GK, so Fiorentina will probably have more activity in the mercato (for a GK and LW). Likely Illicic will arrive as the starting LW, and there are also rumors about Agazzi going to the Viola.

    Substitute XI:

    Munúa
    Cassani Roncaglia Compper Alonso
    Ambrosini
    Romulo - Fernández
    Joaquín - Rossi - Wolski**

    Or:

    Munúa
    Cassani Roncaglia Compper Alonso
    Romulo - Ambrosini
    Joaquín - Fernández - Wolski**
    Rossi

    *considering Illicic’s arrival
    ** or Yakovenko/El Hamdaoui depending on fitness

    If Pizarro does in fact leave, however, then Montella will have to find a suitable replacement, which tbh will not be easy.



    Genoa

    Liverani has just confirmed that he will use a 4-3-3 type tactic, and likely Genoa will be oriented around something like a 4-3-1-2 type tactic (with Liverani having used it as coach of Genoa Primavera before getting promoted to the first team):

    Perin
    Vrsaljko - Granqvist - Polenta - Antonelli
    Matuzalem - Kucka - Lodi
    Bertolacci
    Gilardino - Konaté

    Don’t be surprised to see Marchese in for Antonelli on occasion. Also, Jorquera may sporadically play instead of Bertolacci (as CAM). Floro Flores may star as CF instead of Gilardino (depending on the latter’s fitness). Don’t be surprised with sporadic appearances from Mandredini or Sampirsi in place of Polenta. Additionally, depending on whether or not Genoa want to maintain a counterattacking or possession style of football, Cofie may star instead of Matuzalem.



    Hellas Verona

    Mandorlini has revitalized the Gialloblu, pushing the fallen giants up to Serie A from Serie C, and I would expect them to hold off relegation this year. He has generally used a 4-5-1 formation at the club, and I wouldn’t expect any tactical difference this year. Of course if Jorginho does in fact leave, then there will be changes in the formation.

    Rafael
    Cacciatore Bianchetti González Agostini
    Jorginho
    Cirigliano - Hallfredsson
    Juanito - Cacia - Jankovic

    Don’t be surprised to see Donati as DM on occasion, or Maietta or González as LB instead of Agostini. Expect appearances from Martinho instead of Hallfredsson. Also, Cocco may come on sporadically for Cacia, and Rivas for Juanito.

    Imho the team would be much more effective with Jorginho as RCM and Cirigliano as DM:

    Rafael
    Cacciatore Bianchetti González Agostini
    Cirigliano
    Jorginho - Hallfredsson
    Juanito - Cacia - Jankovic

    Or maybe even:

    Rafael
    Cacciatore Bianchetti González Agostini
    Donati
    Jorginho - Cirigliano
    Juanito - Cacia - Jankovic

    Judging by their purchases, these two starting lineups both look very possible next year.



    Internazionale

    According to Mazzarri, he intends to implement something similar to a 3-4-3 type tactic. There are really no certainties here, especially because of all the rumored arrivals and departures.

    And whether or not he will use 3-5-1-1, 3-4-2-1, 3-4-1-2, or the standard 3-4-3 is indefinite. I’m not going to post a formation here because it will be highly opinionated, and examining all the tactical possibilities would take too long.



    Juventus

    Obviously Conte will stick to the 3-5-2, and likely there will not be many changes in the squad (except for the attack):

    Buffon
    Bonucci Ogbonna Chiellini
    Pirlo
    Lichtsteiner -- Vidal --- Marchisio -- Asamoah
    Tevez - Llorente

    Substitute XI:

    Storari
    Barzagli Marrone Peluso
    Rossi
    Cáceres -- Padoin -- Pogba -- De Ceglie
    Giovinco - Vucinic

    Barzagli will likely become a substitute in the defense, with Ogbonna taking his starting berth in the squad. Expect appearances from Pogba and Padoin in the midfield, and Marrone around the pitch (as a CB or a DM). Don’t be surprised to see Cáceres or De Ceglie on the wings on occasion.

    There is a question mark on Vucinic being a starter, because Conte may be concerned with a lack of fluidity between the midfield and the attack using only Llorente and Tevez. Also expect Cevallos to make a few appearances this term.



    Lazio

    Petkovic has used something along the lines of a 4-3-3 type tactic at Lazio, mainly with the 4-2-3-1 type tactic (and the 4-5-1 on occasion). This seems to be a likely starting lineup:

    Marchetti
    Cavanda Dias Novaretti Radu
    Onazi - Gonzalez
    Candreva - Hernanes - Lulic
    Klose

    Substitute XI:

    Bizzarri
    Konko Ciani Cana Biava
    Biglia - Ledesma
    Ederson - Anderson - Vinicius
    Perea

    Don’t be surprised to see Hernanes as a LCM, and Felipe Anderson taking the trequarista position.
    Imo because of the injury crisis Lazio experiences every year, Petkovic will alternate many of the players throughout the season (Anderson for Hernanes, Biglia for Onazi, Ledesma for Gonzalez, Ciani for Dias etc.).

    I’ve heard comments that Lazio’s team doesn’t look good on paper, but just look at the depth and balance in the entire squad. Tbh I think they can seriously challenge for CL places this year (especially with the arrivals of Biglia, Novaretti, and Felipe Anderson).



    Livorno

    Obviously Inter fans will want to keep tabs on this team, considering we’ll have some of our most promising prospects in their first team next year. Nicola has used a 3-man defense in the past, and I wouldn’t be surprised with him using 3-4-3 or a 3-5-1-1 type tactic.

    Bardi
    Bernardini Decarli Emerson
    Benassi - Luci
    Schiattarella --- Belingheri --- Gemiti
    Paulinho
    Siligardi

    Don’t be surprised to see Luci in for Benassi, and Dionisi on for Siligardi on occasion. Additionally Ceccherini or Lambrughi may start instead of Di Carli or Emerson as CB.

    Imho a 4-5-1 type tactic would work really well with this squad:

    Bardi
    Bernardini Decarli Emerson Gemiti
    Luci
    Benassi - Belingheri
    Schiattarella - Siligardi - Paulinho

    Make sure you keep tabs on this team, because its rumoured even Longo and Duncan may be loaned out here as well.



    Milan

    Allegri has done reasonably well in Italy this term with a 4-3-1-2/4-5-1 type tactic, and not much will change in the starting eleven.

    Abbiati
    Abate Zapata Mexes De Sciglio
    Poli - Montolivo - De Jong
    Boateng
    Balotelli - El Sharaawy

    Substitute XI:

    Amelia
    Zaccardo Vergara Vilá Constant
    Muntari - Nocerino - Traoré
    Saponara
    Niang - Pazzini

    Expect sporadic appearances from Strasser and Traoré in the starting lineup, and more time for Niang and Traoré on the pitch. Don’t be surprised to see Saponara in the CAM position.

    I would expect this when they use 4-5-1:

    Abbiati
    Abate Zapata Mexes De Sciglio
    De Jong
    Poli - Montolivo
    Niang - Balotelli - El Sharaawy

    Substitute XI:

    Amelia
    Zaccardo Vergara Vilá Constant
    Muntari
    Nocerino - Traoré
    Boateng - Pazzini - Saponara

    Likely they will be able to again contend for CL places, especially with their newest addition of Poli to the squad.



    Napoli

    Rafa Benitez will undoubtedly bring his 4-2-3-1 tactics to the Partenopei, and it will be interesting to see how they fare without Cavani up front.

    Reina
    Albiol Gamberini Britos Zuniga
    Behrami - Inler
    Callejon - Hamsik - Insigne
    Higuain

    The only issue with this tactic is that Mertens is on the bench to accommodate Insigne as LW (for Hamsik as CAM), so don't be surprised to see either Hamsik or Insigne on the bench at times.

    With 4-3-3:

    Reina
    Albiol Gamberini Britos Zuniga
    Behrami
    Hamsik - Inler
    Callejon - Higuain - Insigne*

    *Or Mertens

    With the recent additions in the mercato, this squad is definitely challenging for the Scudetto, and may even impress in CL. For sure this team will be playing entertaining possession football next season.



    Parma

    Next year Cassano will be very motivated to be called up for the World Cup in Brazil, so it will be interesting how he does in Parma. Donadoni typically uses soething along the lines of a 4-3-3 type tactic; likely he will go for the 4-5-1, something he also used last year.

    Mirante
    Benalouane Paletta Mendes Gobbi
    Chibsah
    Galloppa - Ninis
    Biabiany - Amauri - Cassano

    Expect appearances from Parolo instead of Chibsah or Galloppa, and Valdés instead of Ninis. Also, don’t be surprised to see Ampuero or another fullback instead of Galloppa or Ninis.

    Cerri will be definitely getting more time as CF, and expect sporadic appearances from Felipe as CB and Mesbah as LB.

    Another tactical option would be the 4-2-3-1:

    Mirante
    Benalouane Paletta Mendes Gobbi
    Galloppa - Parolo
    Biabiany - Ninis - Cassano
    Amauri

    Generally I don’t think they will do badly this year, having a relatively good squad (at least on paper).



    Roma

    Rudi Garcia will undoubtedly bring in the 4-3-3 to Roma, but there is still a hint of uncertainty about the starting lineup:

    De Sanctis
    Maicon Benatia Castán Balzaretti
    De Rossi
    Strootman - Pjanic
    Lamela - Destro - Gervinho

    Totti or Marquinho could take Gervinho's starting berth, and don't be surprised to see appearances from Florenzi in the MF and Bueno in the attack.

    Substitute XI:

    Skorupski
    Torosidis Burdisso Romagnoli Dodô
    Bradley*
    Taddei - Florenzi
    Marquinho - Bueno - Totti

    *Can also play in Strootman’s position (RCM)

    I'm not so sure about the competitiveness of this squad, regardless of any attacking rigor it may possess up front. Tbh its GK selection is trash, and imho Goicocchea was better than De Sanctis.
    With proper coaching, this is a squad that imo can contend for CL places, although it needs improvement in the GK position (tbh Lobont or De Sanctis are not good enough, even Goicocchea was better). The RB position is also not very strong, with Maicon far past his prime, and Taddei currently being an absolute joke of a player (though Torosodis will be a good backup). The loss of Marquinhos to PSG will undoubtedly lower their chances for success in the league next season, but they will definitely be competitive.



    Sampdoria

    Delio Rossi has been a known advocate of a 3-5-2 type tactic at both Fiorentina and Sampdoria, and he occasionally uses something similar to a 4-3-1-2/4-3-2-1 type tactic. Nevertheless, there is a lot of uncertainty in the starting eleven because of possible departures.

    Sergio Romero
    Gastaldello Salamon Regini
    Palombo
    De Silvestri -- Obiang --- Krsticic -- Poulsen
    Eder
    Gabbiadini

    Expect to see Rodriguez in the RWB position or Costa/Berardi as LWB. Palombo could be starting as a CB with Renan in the DCM, but it doesn’t seem likely. Pozzi and Sansone could also sporadically star in the attack instead of Eder and Gabbiadini.

    With 4-3-2-1:

    Sergio Romero
    Rodriguez Gastaldello Salamon Berardi
    Obiang - Palombo - Krsticic
    Wszolek- Eder
    Gabbiadini

    If Obiang is sold, then imo they have a serious problem, because I don’t see someone like Soriano or Maresca to be able to fulfill his role in the squad (which will be very large with the departure of Poli).



    Sassuolo

    Di Francesco’s men were great last year, having topped the Serie B table. He has used an offensive 4-3-3 type tactic both last year, and the year before with Lecce.

    Pomini
    Rossini Acerbi Terranova Longhi
    Magnanelli
    Missiroli - Kurtic
    Berardi - Zaza - Alexe

    Don’t be surprised if Bianchi starts in the midfield, or Gazzola as RB. I’d expect a new addition for GK (they’re linked to Pegolo and Frison); Pomini is definitely not Serie A material.

    Though this team definitely lacks the physicality and consistency for staying in Serie A, I’ll be looking to see how the attack fares in the league (Zaza, Berardi, Kurtic, Missiroli).

    With 4-2-3-1:

    Pomini
    Rossini Acerbi Terranova Longhi
    Magnanelli - Kurtic
    Berardi - Missiroli - Alexe
    Zaza



    Torino

    Giampolo Ventura’s side had a few interesting performances in the beginning of the season. He’s one of the pioneers of the 4-2-4, and certainly we’ll see him use it again this term.

    Padelli
    Darmian Bovo Glik Rodríguez
    Gazzi - Brighi
    Cerci - Immobile - El Kaddouri - Farnerud

    Don’t be surprised to see Meggiorini or Barreto instead of El Kaddouri, or Bellomo or Meggiorini in the LW position. Expect to see Basha play in the central midfield, and there’s a possibility of Ventura using Moretti or even D’Ambrosio in the LB position rather than a LCB, though I don’t think it’s likely.

    With 3-4-3:

    Padelli
    Bovo Glik Rodríguez
    Darmian - El Kaddouri - Gazzi - Brighi
    Cerci - Immobile - Farnerud

    Ventura’s priority on the mercato atm is to find a new GK (Padelli is not starting material), and if possible, another DM and LW.



    Udinese

    Francesco Guidolin has been very successful with the 3 man defence during his tenure at Udinese, and it is unlikely that he will change the general tactic. Like many other teams, the starting eleven is still very uncertain because of possible departures, but they won't be considered in my prediction.

    Brkic
    Heurtaux Danilo Bubnjic
    Basta - Allan - Badu - G.Silva
    Pereyra - Di Natale
    Muriel

    Don't be surprised to see Gilberto Silva or Pereyra starting on the pitch, and expect a few appearances from Bruno Fernandes and Jadson in the season. Di Natale may not be a starter next year, and I'd expect Maicosuel or Lazzarri to be in his place, with Pereyra or Lopez in the RF position.

    Substitute XI:

    Kelava
    Angella Naldo Dommizzi
    Widmer - Jadson - Fernandes - Pasquale
    Maicosuel - Lazzarri
    Lopez

    The squad is very uncertain, because of the loans Udinese will make to Granada and Watford (probably at least one of Nico Lopez, Jadson, or Bruno Fernandes will go on loan).




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    If Rafa tries using Insigne as a false 9, he may as well start packing up his office now, because he won't last long

    Really amazing how many teams are using the 3-5-2 these days. I suppose it helps with spacing against teams who keep 11 men behind the ball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADRossi View Post
    If Rafa tries using Insigne as a false 9, he may as well start packing up his office now, because he won't last long

    Really amazing how many teams are using the 3-5-2 these days. I suppose it helps with spacing against teams who keep 11 men behind the ball.
    I can't think of anything else Benitez will do with Napoli (tactically speaking); without Cavani, they only have Calaio for a CF. Additionally, keeping both Hamsik and Insigne in the squad will not allow Mertens to be in the starting lineup. So 4-3-3 with a false 9 is the only tactic Benitez can possibly use to get the most out of his starting lineup.

    And tbh 4-5-1 is probably the most common formation in the league, with 3-5-2 a close second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADRossi View Post
    If Rafa tries using Insigne as a false 9, he may as well start packing up his office now, because he won't last long

    Really amazing how many teams are using the 3-5-2 these days. I suppose it helps with spacing against teams who keep 11 men behind the ball.
    The wingbacks are higher up the field compared to the fullbacks, so it helps stretch the play a lot more. In Italy, wingers seem like a dying breed, so even though back 3s are weak against defending width, they won't really be exploited in that league.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pencilpal View Post
    So I just wanted to take the liberty of predicting the formations for all the teams in Serie A; it won’t be thorough, and only for bigger teams will it display substitute XIs, but certainly take it with a pinch of salt.

    This page will be updated as the transfer mercato progresses.
    Also note that it’s organized alphabetically.



    Atalanta

    Colantuono generally sways between a 3-5-1-1 and a 4-4-1-1 type tactic.
    So I’d be confident in seeing:

    Consigli
    Matheu Stendardo Canini
    Cigarini
    Giorgi -- Carmona -- Bonaventura -- Brivio
    Livaja - Denis

    Or:

    Consigli
    Nica Matheu Canini Brivio
    Giorgi - Carmona - Cigarini - Bonaventura
    Moralez
    Denis

    Don’t be surpised to see Migliaccio or Baselli in a DM position and Capello, Stendardo, or Yepes as starting CBs. Expect Raimondi, Biondini, or even Kone to sporadically star in the CM positions, and De Luca to play instead of Livaja.

    Also, in the 4-4-1-1 type tactic, Livaja can play instead of Moralez behind the CF.

    Tbh I think a 3-4-3 would accommodate all their star players into the starting lineup, but I can see that the coach would be concerned about defensive depth:

    Consigli
    Matheu Stendardo Canini
    Cigarini
    Carmona - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Bonaventura
    Moralez
    Livaja - Denis - De Luca

    Note that there's a possibility of Baselli or even Giorgi in the RM position instead of Carmona.
    Also, expect to see some appearances from Matteo Ardemagni in the CF position, who was absolutely brilliant in Serie B, having scored 23 goals with Modena last term.



    Bologna

    Pioli has occasionally used a variant of the 3-5-2 with the Rossoblu (it being very popular in Italy atm), but for the most part has used something along the lines of 4-2-3-1.

    Stojanovic
    Garics Sörensen Cherubin Morleo
    Taider - Della Rocca
    Kone - Diamanti - Christo.
    Bianchi

    Don’t be surprised with Antonsson starring as CB or RB. Expect appearances from Abero as LB.

    Also, there’s a likelihood of Krhin or even Garics starting in the central midfield with either Taider or Della Rocca (depending on how much depth Pioli wants in the MF), because that doble pivot may not be strong enough defensively.

    Expect sporadic appearances from Alibec in place of Diamanti, and Acquafresca as CF instead of Bianchi.

    So an alternate starting XI looks like:

    Curci
    Antonsson Sörensen Cherubin Abero
    Garics – Krhin
    Kone - Alibec - Yaisien
    Acquafresca



    Cagliari

    Pulga’s men did very well last year in the second half of the season, but their starting lineup looks unclear because of the possible departures of Astori and Nainggolan. So I’m going to simply assume they’re not available next season. If they do stay, however, then the formation and the starting XI will not change.

    Cagliari used a 4-3-3/4-5-1/4-3-1-2 type tactic under Pulga as a manager, and it looks likely that they will continue.

    Agazzi
    Pisano Rossettini Murru Danilo
    Conti
    Ekdal - Cabrera
    Thiago - Sau - Ibarbo

    Unless they find a replacement for Astori in the defence, then likely Murru will have to take his place. However, if a new CB comes in, then Danilo will be relegated to the bench (with Murru as the starting LB). There is also a possibility of Ariaudo to take Astori’s place.

    Also note that Cabrera was brought in to the club as the replacement of Nainggolan, but expect some appearances from Cossu in this area also.

    The attack line is much more definite. Don’t be surprised to see Cossu or even Cabrera on the attacking wings.

    A 4-2-3-1 type tactic can, however, accommodate all their best players atm, and it doesn’t really require Conti to be on the pitch (considering his viability for injury at 34).

    Agazzi
    Pisano Rossettini Murru Danilo
    Dessena - Eriksson
    Ekdal - Cabrera - Ibarbo
    Sau

    Overall this section is very inconclusive, because key players may either stay or leave, and Conti’s position in the starting lineup is uncertain.



    Catania

    Rolando Maran has expelled Montella’s 3-5-2 system, and instead installed a 4-3-3/ 4-2-3-1 type tactic at the club.

    Andujar
    Bellusci Spolli Rolín Monzón
    Izco
    Tachtsidis - Castro
    Barrientos - Bergessio - Gomez

    Or:

    Andujar
    Bellusci Spolli Rolín Monzón
    Tachtsidis - Izco
    Barrientos - Castro - Gomez
    Bergessio

    New acquisition Fabián Monzón will certainly take Marchese's spot in the squad (as LB), and don't be surprised if Pablo Álvarez becomes a starter as RB. Also expect to see some appearances from Izco in a fullback position. Biagianti will have appearances as the DM in the team instead of Izco or the CM instead of Tachtsidis on occasion. Don't be surprised to see Almiron in the starting lineup occasionally instead of Tachtsidis. Alexis Rolín will also take the starting berth of Legrottaglie in the starting eleven.

    Castro will start in place of Lodi, but expect to see Catellani in the LW as well (who’s back from a loan at Sassuolo). If Gomez leaves, I’d predict an attacking trio of Catellani, Castro, and Barrientos behind the CF (from left to right on the field).

    Substitute XI:

    Frison
    Alvarez Legrottaglie Gyömber Capuano
    Biagianti
    Almiron - Sciacca
    Keko - Maxi - Catellani

    Or:

    Frison
    Alvarez Legrottaglie Gyömber Capuano
    Sciacca - Biagianti
    Keko - Leto - Catellani
    Maxi



    Chievo Verona

    Giuseppe Sannino is coming in from Palermo, and it looks certain he’ll use something along the lines of the 3-5-2, although don’t be surprised to see a 4-4-2 type tactic in the season.

    Puggioni
    Tavares Papp Cesar
    Rigoni - Guana - Hetemaj
    Sestu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Dramé
    Stoian
    Paloschi

    Thereau looks to be too injury prone at his age for a starter, so Paloschi will take his place. Farkas may come in on occasion as a CB (for Tavares), but not very frequently. Expect appearances from Farias and Lazarevic in place of Stoian.

    Additionally, judging by the new recruits to the squad, it looks as if Sannino is intending to implement something like a 4-2-3-1 type tactic:

    Puggioni
    Tavares Papp Cesar Dramé
    Rigoni - Hetemaj
    Improta - Stoian - Lazarevic
    Paloschi



    Fiorentina

    Though Montella did well with the 3-5-2 last year and with Catania before, considering his new signings, it looks likely that he will use a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type tactic (or one of its variants). Additionally the likely losses of Ljajic and Jovetic will force a tactical change away from the 3-5-2.

    Neto
    Tomovic Gonzalo Savic Pasqual
    Pizarro
    Valero - Aquilani
    Cuadrado - Gomez - Joaquín

    Or:

    Neto
    Tomovic Gonzalo Savic Pasqual
    Valero - Pizarro
    Cuadrado - Aquilani - Joaquín
    Gomez

    There is a possibility of Roncaglia at RB or Alonso at LB. Also, don’t be surprised to see Romulo as RB as well. Fernández may take Aquilani’s place in the starting eleven, and may have sporadic appearances in the RW. Expect to see Rossi alternating with Gomez as CF.

    I’d be surprised if Montella gives Neto the starting berth as GK, so Fiorentina will probably have more activity in the mercato (for a GK and LW). Likely Illicic will arrive as the starting LW, and there are also rumors about Agazzi going to the Viola.

    Substitute XI:

    Munúa
    Cassani Roncaglia Compper Alonso
    Ambrosini
    Romulo - Fernández
    Joaquín* - Rossi - Wolski**

    Or:

    Munúa
    Cassani Roncaglia Compper Alonso
    Romulo - Ambrosini
    Joaquín* - Fernández - Wolski**
    Rossi

    *considering Illicic’s arrival
    ** or Yakovenko/El Hamdaoui depending on fitness

    If Pizarro does in fact leave, however, then Montella will have to find a suitable replacement, which tbh will not be easy.



    Genoa

    The arrival of Liverani as head coach creates a very high uncertainty in the formation he’ll use, but likely he’ll use a 4-3-3/4-3-1-2 type tactic (having used it with Genoa Primavera before getting appointed as coach of the first team).

    Perin
    Vrsaljko - Granqvist - Polenta - Antonelli
    Cofie - Kucka - Lodi
    Bertolacci
    Gilardino - Konaté

    Don’t be surprised to see Marchese in for Antonelli on occasion. Also, Jorquera may sporadically play instead of Bertolacci (as CAM). Floro Flores may star as CF instead of Gilardino (depending on the latter’s fitness). Don’t be surprised with sporadic appearances from Mandredini or Sampirsi in place of Polenta.

    Imho this would be a better option in terms of balance and depth, especially because the above tactic forces Bertolacci to the left (with the arrival of Cofie):

    Perin
    Vrsaljko - Granqvist - Polenta - Antonelli
    Kucka
    Bertolacci - Lodi
    Konaté - Gilardino - Flores



    Hellas Verona

    Mandorlini has revitalized the Gialloblu, pushing the fallen giants up to Serie A from Serie C, and I would expect them to hold off relegation this year. He has generally used a 4-5-1 formation at the club, and I wouldn’t expect any tactical difference this year. Of course if Jorginho does in fact leave, then there will be changes in the formation.

    Rafael
    Cacciatore Bianchetti González Agostini
    Jorginho
    Cirigliano - Hallfredsson
    Juanito - Cacia - Jankovic

    Don’t be surprised to see Donati as DM on occasion, or Maietta or González as LB instead of Agostini. Expect appearances from Martinho instead of Hallfredsson. Also, Cocco may come on sporadically for Cacia, and Rivas for Juanito.

    Imho the team would be much more effective with Jorginho as RCM and Cirigliano as DM:

    Rafael
    Cacciatore Bianchetti González Agostini
    Cirigliano
    Jorginho - Hallfredsson
    Juanito - Cacia - Jankovic

    Or maybe even:

    Rafael
    Cacciatore Bianchetti González Agostini
    Donati
    Jorginho - Cirigliano
    Juanito - Cacia - Jankovic

    Judging by their purchases, these two starting lineups both look very possible next year.



    Internazionale

    According to Mazzarri, he intends to implement something similar to a 3-4-3 type tactic. There are really no certainties here, especially because of all the rumored arrivals and departures.

    And whether or not he will use 3-5-1-1, 3-4-2-1, 3-4-1-2, or the standard 3-4-3 is indefinite. I’m not going to post a formation here because it will be highly opinionated, and examining all the tactical possibilities would take too long.



    Juventus

    Obviously Conte will stick to the 3-5-2, and likely there will not be many changes in the squad (except for the attack):

    Buffon
    Bonucci Ogbonna Chiellini
    Pirlo
    Lichtsteiner -- Vidal --- Marchisio -- Asamoah
    Tevez - Llorente

    Substitute XI:

    Storari
    Barzagli Marrone Peluso
    Rossi
    Cáceres -- Padoin -- Pogba -- De Ceglie
    Giovinco - Vucinic

    Barzagli will likely become a substitute in the defense, with Ogbonna taking his starting berth in the squad. Expect appearances from Pogba and Padoin in the midfield, and Marrone around the pitch (as a CB or a DM). Don’t be surprised to see Cáceres or De Ceglie on the wings on occasion.

    There is a question mark on Vucinic being a starter, because Conte may be concerned with a lack of fluidity between the midfield and the attack using only Llorente and Tevez. Also expect Cevallos to make a few appearances this term.



    Lazio

    Petkovic has used something along the lines of a 4-3-3 type tactic at Lazio, mainly with the 4-2-3-1 type tactic (and the 4-5-1 on occasion). This seems to be a likely starting lineup:

    Marchetti
    Cavanda Dias Novaretti Radu
    Onazi - Gonzalez
    Candreva - Hernanes - Lulic
    Klose

    Substitute XI:

    Bizzarri
    Konko Ciani Cana Biava
    Biglia - Ledesma
    Ederson - Anderson - Vinicius
    Perea

    Don’t be surprised to see Hernanes as a LCM, and Felipe Anderson taking the trequarista position.
    Imo because of the injury crisis Lazio experiences every year, Petkovic will alternate many of the players throughout the season (Anderson for Hernanes, Biglia for Onazi, Ledesma for Gonzalez, Ciani for Dias etc.).

    I’ve heard comments that Lazio’s team doesn’t look good on paper, but just look at the depth and balance in the entire squad. Tbh I think they can seriously challenge for CL places this year (especially with the arrivals of Biglia, Novaretti, and Felipe Anderson).



    Livorno

    Obviously Inter fans will want to keep tabs on this team, considering we’ll have 3 of our most promising prospects in their first team next year. Nicola has used a 3-man defense in the past, and I wouldn’t be surprised with him using 3-4-3 or a 3-5-1-1 type tactic.

    Bardi
    Bernardini Decarli Emerson
    Benassi - Duncan
    Schiattarella --- Belingheri --- Gemiti
    Paulinho
    Siligardi

    Don’t be surprised to see Luci in for Benassi, and Dionisi on for Siligardi on occasion. Additionally Ceccherini or Lambrughi may start instead of Di Carli or Emerson as CB.

    Imho a 4-5-1 type tactic would work really well with this squad:

    Bardi
    Bernardini Decarli Emerson Gemiti
    Luci
    Benassi - Duncan
    Schiattarella - Siligardi - Paulinho



    Milan

    Allegri has done reasonably well in Italy this term with a 4-3-1-2/4-5-1 type tactic, and not much will change in the starting eleven.

    Abbiati
    Abate Zapata Mexes De Sciglio
    Poli - Montolivo - De Jong
    Boateng
    Balotelli - El Sharaawy

    Substitute XI:

    Amelia
    Zaccardo Vergara Vilá Constant
    Muntari - Nocerino - Traoré
    Saponara
    Niang - Pazzini

    Expect sporadic appearances from Strasser and Traoré in the starting lineup, and more time for Niang and Traoré on the pitch. Don’t be surprised to see Saponara in the CAM position.

    I would expect this when they use 4-5-1:

    Abbiati
    Abate Zapata Mexes De Sciglio
    De Jong
    Poli - Montolivo
    Niang - Balotelli - El Sharaawy

    Substitute XI:

    Amelia
    Zaccardo Vergara Vilá Constant
    Muntari
    Nocerino - Traoré
    Boateng - Pazzini - Saponara

    Likely they will be able to again contend for CL places, especially with their newest addition of Poli to the squad.



    Napoli

    Rafa Benitez will undoubtedly bring his 4-2-3-1 tactics to the Partenopei, and it will be interesting to see how they fare without Cavani up front.

    De Sanctis
    Zuniga Gamberini Cannavaro Britos
    Behrami - Inler
    Callejon - Hamsik - Insigne
    Calaio

    Clearly this formation does not make good use of Napoli’s players, with Mertens on the bench, and Calaio playing as the CF. There is a possibility, however, of Benitez using a 4-3-3 type tactic with a false 9, and it looks to be Napoli’s best option.

    De Sanctis
    Zuniga Gamberini Cannavaro Britos
    Behrami
    Hamsik - Inler
    Callejon - Insigne - Mertens

    Substitute XI:

    Rafael
    Mesto Fernandez Uvini Maggio
    Radosevic
    Gargano - Dzemaili
    Armero - Calaio - Pandev

    With the right tactics this squad can do well and challenge for CL, maybe even scudetto, although it needs improvement (new CF, GK, and LCB/LB)



    Parma

    Next year Cassano will be very motivated to be called up for the World Cup in Brazil, so it will be interesting how he does in Parma. Donadoni typically uses soething along the lines of a 4-3-3 type tactic; likely he will go for the 4-5-1, something he also used last year.

    Mirante
    Benalouane Paletta Mendes Gobbi
    Chibsah
    Galloppa - Ninis
    Biabiany - Amauri - Cassano

    Expect appearances from Parolo instead of Chibsah or Galloppa, and Valdés instead of Ninis. Also, don’t be surprised to see Ampuero or another fullback instead of Galloppa or Ninis.

    Cerri will be definitely getting more time as CF, and expect sporadic appearances from Felipe as CB and Mesbah as LB.

    Another tactical option would be the 4-2-3-1:

    Mirante
    Benalouane Paletta Mendes Gobbi
    Galloppa - Parolo
    Biabiany - Ninis - Cassano
    Amauri

    Generally I don’t think they will do badly this year, having a relatively good squad (at least on paper).



    Roma

    Rudi Garcia will undoubtedly bring in the 4-3-3 to Roma, but his starting lineup is very uncertain because of possible departures from the club.

    De Sanctis
    Maicon Benatia Castán Balzaretti
    De Rossi
    Strootman - Pjanic
    Lamela - Destro - Totti

    If Strootman does in fact arrive, obviously he would take the place of Bradley in the starting lineup. Also Marquinho or Florenzi could take Totti’s starting berth, depending on fitness.

    Substitute XI:

    Skorupski
    Torosidis Burdisso Romagnoli Dodô
    Bradley*
    Taddei - Florenzi
    Caprari - Tallo - Marquinho

    *Can also play in Strootman’s position (RCM)

    With proper coaching, this is a squad that imo can contend for CL places, although it needs improvement in the GK position (tbh Lobont or De Sanctis are not good enough, even Goicocchea was better). And Gervinho may arrive in the LW position, which really boosts the attack, and allows Florenzi to be in the midfield (as a substitute for Pjanic). However the loss of Marcos to PSG will undoubtedly lower their chances for success in the league next season.



    Sampdoria

    Delio Rossi has been a known advocate of a 3-5-2 type tactic at both Fiorentina and Sampdoria, and he occasionally uses something similar to a 4-3-1-2/4-3-2-1 type tactic. Nevertheless, there is a lot of uncertainty in the starting eleven because of possible departures.

    Sergio Romero
    Gastaldello Salamon Regini
    Palombo
    De Silvestri -- Obiang --- Krsticic -- Poulsen
    Eder
    Gabbiadini

    Expect to see Rodriguez in the RWB position or Costa/Berardi as LWB. Palombo could be starting as a CB with Renan in the DCM, but it doesn’t seem likely. Pozzi and Sansone could also sporadically star in the attack instead of Eder and Gabbiadini.

    With 4-3-2-1:

    Sergio Romero
    Rodriguez Gastaldello Salamon Berardi
    Obiang - Palombo - Krsticic
    Wszolek- Eder
    Gabbiadini

    If Obiang is sold, then imo they have a serious problem, because I don’t see someone like Soriano or Maresca to be able to fulfill his role in the squad (which will be very large with the departure of Poli).



    Sassuolo

    Di Francesco’s men were great last year, having topped the Serie B table. He has used an offensive 4-3-3 type tactic both last year, and the year before with Lecce.

    Pomini
    Rossini Acerbi Terranova Longhi
    Magnanelli
    Missiroli - Kurtic
    Berardi - Zaza - Alexe

    Don’t be surprised if Bianchi starts in the midfield, or Gazzola as RB. I’d expect a new addition for GK (they’re linked to Pegolo and Frison); Pomini is definitely not Serie A material.

    Though this team definitely lacks the physicality and consistency for staying in Serie A, I’ll be looking to see how the attack fares in the league (Zaza, Berardi, Kurtic, Missiroli).

    With 4-2-3-1:

    Pomini
    Rossini Acerbi Terranova Longhi
    Magnanelli - Kurtic
    Berardi - Missiroli - Alexe
    Zaza



    Torino

    Giampolo Ventura’s side had a few interesting performances in the beginning of the season. He’s one of the pioneers of the 4-2-4, and certainly we’ll see him use it again this term.

    Padelli
    Darmian Bovo Glik Rodríguez
    Gazzi - Brighi
    Cerci - Immobile - El Kaddouri - Farnerud

    Don’t be surprised to see Meggiorini or Barreto instead of El Kaddouri, or Bellomo or Meggiorini in the LW position. Expect to see Basha play in the central midfield, and there’s a possibility of Ventura using Moretti or even D’Ambrosio in the LB position rather than a LCB, though I don’t think it’s likely.

    With 3-4-3:

    Padelli
    Bovo Glik Rodríguez
    Darmian - El Kaddouri - Gazzi - Brighi
    Cerci - Immobile - Farnerud

    Ventura’s priority on the mercato atm is to find a new GK (Padelli is not starting material), and if possible, another DM and LW.



    Udinese

    Francesco Guidolin has been very successful with the 3 man defence during his tenure at Udinese, and it is unlikely that he will change the general tactic. Like many other teams, the starting eleven is still very uncertain because of possible departures, but they won't be considered in my prediction.

    Brkic
    Heurtaux Danilo Bubnjic
    Basta - Allan - Badu - G.Silva
    Pereyra - Di Natale
    Muriel

    Don't be surprised to see Gilberto Silva or Pereyra starting on the pitch, and expect a few appearances from Bruno Fernandes and Jadson in the season. Di Natale may not be a starter next year, and I'd expect Pereyra to be in his place, and Maicosuel or Lopez as the RF.

    Substitute XI:

    Kelava
    Angella Naldo Dommizzi
    Faraoni - Jadson - Bruno Fernandes - Pasquale
    Maicosuel - Lazzarri
    Lopez

    The squad is very uncertain, because of the loans Udinese will make to Granada and Watford (probably at least one of Nico Lopez, Jadson, or Bruno Fernandes will go on loan).




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    How do I not know what I'm talking about? Do you mean that the post is inherently biased because of my having written it?

    And how is the post senseless?

    I'm not quite sure what you mean, and am fairly open to criticism.

    I made this thread just to show how Serie A will look like (in terms of formations), and what the starting squads will be for most teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pencilpal View Post
    How do I not know what I'm talking about? Do you mean that the post is inherently biased because of my having written it?

    And how is the post senseless?

    I'm not quite sure what you mean, and am fairly open to criticism.

    I made this thread just to show how Serie A will look like (in terms of formations), and what the starting squads will be for most teams.
    In some cases, you are completely wrong about players or tactics, which basically makes this post worthless. I mean, if half the stuff you wrote is wrong, how is it informative?

    I'll explain exactly what's wrong if I have time later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pencilpal View Post
    So I just wanted to take the liberty of predicting the formations for all the teams in Serie A; it won’t be thorough, and only for bigger teams will it display substitute XIs, but certainly take it with a pinch of salt.
    I think you missed this line while reading pencilpal's post.

    And anyways, it's his thoughts regarding the matter. No one will ever get everything completely spot on, unless they happen to be a living robot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miles View Post
    In some cases, you are completely wrong about players or tactics, which basically makes this post worthless. I mean, if half the stuff you wrote is wrong, how is it informative?

    I'll explain exactly what's wrong if I have time later.
    Bit harsh calling the post worthless due to a few mistakes. I personnally found it insightful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miles View Post
    In some cases, you are completely wrong about players or tactics, which basically makes this post worthless. I mean, if half the stuff you wrote is wrong, how is it informative?

    I'll explain exactly what's wrong if I have time later.
    I'd really appreciate you to point out what I can correct (and also for an improvement on my own personal knowledge). I tried to base all tactics off the coaches history with all their previous teams, infer based on the new recruits to the teams (and transfer fees), as well as current press conferences.

    And I don't rule in any hypothetical transfers in the tactical analysis (which is why I had to resort to a 4-3-3 tactic with a false nine for Napoli, in order for the team to retain some competitiveness).

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