Burnley boss Sean Dyches admiration for fellow 4-4-2 disciple Carlo Ancelotti ahead of trip to Ev


And he again had to field questions on the suitability of the system recently after the 4-0 defeat at Spurs. . . It has been labelled old-fashioned, despite it creeping back into use, with Leicester City winning the title with a variation of 4-4-2 in 2016, while Atletico Madrid have enjoyed great success at home and abroad in a similar style. . . Saturday evening sees Dyche come up against an elite coach in Evertons Carlo Ancelotti, who has built much of his success over a 26-year career in management on the traditional formation. . Ancelotti has spoken about his belief in the system at length. When I was starting out, I was wedded to 4-4-2. I have now learned to be more flexible although I still believe that 4-4-2 is the outstanding defensive system. . You have the best coverage of the pitch, it is simpler to press forward and press high, with coverage behind the pressing players. . . You can bring in the wide players to bolster the midfield so that your central players are not overwhelmed. . . When I hear other coaches saying that their team was outnumbered in midfield, I say, Look, weve got to stop thinking like this because weve got 11 players on the field and theyve got 11 if were outnumbered somewhere, they must be outnumbered somewhere else on the field. Lets concentrate on playing in these areas. . . It is a formation in which he played under Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Capello with Milan, winning successive European Cups in 1990, and as a coach, he is a three-time Champions League winner with Milan, where he won it twice, and Real Madrid. It goes to show 4-4-2 is not as outdated as many would have you believe, and Dyche smiled. Roughly speaking, broadly speaking, hes used a version of 4-4-2 down his career, if you look back, I think hes played it a lot. . . Varying clubs, varying winning sides and varying achievements. . Its easy to throw it around, and I have no problem with that, but it is a version of 4-4-2. . . We get called simple, and stuff like that, and Im not remotely saying that, not suggesting he is simple in his format, I just think hes not afraid to play simple and put a simple format out. . Of course, there is still flexibility within that, youve still got players coming off the lines, coming off their shape, which we try and do as well. . . Sometimes it is displayed differently here, but Ive got no problem with that. . . Dyche prefers to utilise two strikers where possible, and Ancelotti is similar – to the extent where he turned down the chance to sign Roberto Baggio at Parma, and also allowed Gianfranco Zola to leave for Chelsea, because he felt they didnt fit the system. . . The one time he did change was at Juventus, moving to 4-2-3-1 to accommodate Zinedine Zidane, and he currently has Everton sixth in the Premier League, four points from a Champions League berth, with two forwards in Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, who have 30 goals between them in all competitions. . Dyche added. If you look down the varying sides hes had, on and off, he has often gone to a version of 4-4-2 with two strikers, and how that operates. . . I can only imagine, when you get to his level of the market, I dont think you get too worried about what people think of the shape you play, tactics – he certainly doesnt need to brand himself up, neither do any of those very successful managers. . . His record speaks for itself. Ive always spoken very clearly about Jose Mourinho, whatever peoples opinion of him, his record speaks for itself, you only have to look at his trophy cabinet to see he knows what hes doing. . . He will format the team as he wishes. As these guys get more rounded, I dont think Carlo would be too worried if you said it was a 4-4-2 or not. . Fair play to the strikers. Theyve taken it up. Maybe theres a different feel about things. . . Carlo has played a lot with two strikers, or a variant at a lot of his clubs. Lets put it this way. Its very helpful if youve got players up front who are scoring goals. . . Thats something I definitely know about football. Its helpful.

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