The shadow man of the opponent’s play: thus Longo gave Edera a crucial role in the defensive phase to “support” Belotti and Zaza. And against Udinese …
On the field it was the footballer of Torino, among the eleven holders, who played fewer balls and completed fewer passes. In the meantime, however, Simone Ivy he put the ball on Belotti’s foot which then entered the net at 101 km / h and shortly thereafter would also have scored his third goal in Serie A, had it not been for the oversight of Maresca, who instead of a clash between Nuytinck and Samir saw and whistled a (non-existent) foul from Zaza. The statistics don’t say it all. Behind the numbers that would tell of an ectoplasm hides a precise choice of Longo, who transformed the 20th from a flair to a helpful attacking midfielder: a shadow, more than a ghost, deputy to interrupt the opposing construction in the bud. And for this essential, in the tactical balance of a team emerged with new ideas from the forced stop.
Ivy, few balls touched but a lot of dirty work
We explain ourselves, deepening. Ivy has played 17 balls in sixty-eight minutes, reporting 8 steps. Zaza, the penultimate in these two fundamentals, managed to complete 11 passes and played 24 balls. And be careful, against Parma he had grabbed not dissimilar figures, although increased by the greater territorial dominion of the grenade: 31 balls played – nobody accumulated fewer – and 12 successful passes, better than only Belotti (10).
Yet, here as in Longo’s words, praise is and will be explicit. Because the former Primavera reinvented itself as the opponent’s screen (Mandrake yesterday, Scozzarella Saturday), the only possible way to allow eleven to hold the two peaks, Zaza and Belotti.
Longo’s words: “To support Belotti and Zaza it is necessary”
But better explained the technical grenade, after the race: “To support two attackers like Belotti is Zaza we need to make Edera play on the opponent’s play in the non-possession phase, then when we catch the ball it spreads to the right in its position. We take advantage of your enthusiasm “. And his dedication.
Sacrifice and humility now accompany the quality of Ivy. Who, we imagine, in these days will study the phase of possession of Cagliari of Zenga, taking notes on Cigarini and associates. Now he no longer thinks alone of running, dribbling and scoring: in the game of 20 there is more, there is a method to deconstruct the dribble of others.