Take a snapshot of how the Mannschaft and Nazionale are playing in this year’s Euro and rewind some years ago. The contrast is flagrant. The whole philosophy has changed. Instead of reasoning in terms of preserving your own goal, Klinsmann and then Löw and Prandelli have built their strategy which prioritizes an attacking style that concerns all players, not only the offensive side. Look at Lahm, Barzagli, Abate, Hummels (a new Beckenbauer in my mind). They are all incredible defenders of course but their implication in the offensive potential of their teams is growing thanks to their coaches. I wonder the impact this has on Italian and German kids….probably a long lasting one and good news for the next Euros and World Cups for these 2 countries.
Oh and by the way, Italy and Germany have Pirlo and Özil, that makes it easier to apply these new revolutions!
Maracanazos like risk takers.
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