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Jonathan Wilson: Italian teams remain wedded to tactically narrow formations

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In terms of tactics, the most important factor in Tottenham Hotspur's victory over AC Milan last week was that its wide players were able to exploit the width left by Milan's narrowness. As a corollary to that, Spurs had the pace and energy to ensure that its numerical disadvantage in central areas didn't mean it had to cede control over possession. Milan's only three league defeats this season have come against sides who play with attacking width -- Cesena and Juventus -- and Roma, a team that usually deploys a 4-3-1-2, but deployed its trequartista, Jeremy Menes, in wide areas in that game.


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Milan basically only have old and slow players and are vulnerable to high tempo and Allegri isn't a tactical masterpiece. That's all there is to it. Milan can never win against an opponent that plays at a higher tempo than them, just watch every loss they've had this season.
 
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