How the Premier League's Big Six could line up in Thiago Motta's 2-7-2 formation


Thiago Motta has plans to revolutionise football.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Under-19s coach revealed his plans for a 2-7-2, super-offensive formation in a recent interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

“My idea is to play offensively. A short team that controls the game, high pressure and a lot of movement with and without the ball," he said.

"I include the goalkeeper in the seven in the middle.

"For me, the attacker is the first defender and the goalkeeper is the first attacker. The game starts from the goalkeeper, with his feet, and the forwards' pressing wins you the ball back."

All managers are searching for the next trend when it comes to tactics and it will be interesting to see if Motta’s scheme works.

Who knows, in 10 years’ time all teams could be lining up with their goalkeeper in midfield.


How the big six would look

Of course, the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp aren’t about to change their methods now.

But if they did, just how would their teams look?

GiveMeSport has a look at how the big six could line up in Motta’s 2-7-2 system. The numbers correlate with the positions in the above image.


4. Monreal, 5. Holding, 1. Leno, 3. Iwobi, 2. Bellerin, 8. Guendouzi, 6. Torreira, 7. Ozil, 11. Mkhitaryan, 10. Aubameyang, 9. Lacazette

Arsenal FC v Leicester City - Premier League


4. Azpilicueta, 5. Rudiger, 1. Arrizabalaga, 3. Alonso, 2. Moses, 8. Jorginho, 6. Kante, 7. Kovacic, 11. Barkley, 10. Hazard, 9. Morata

Chelsea FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League


4. Van Dijk, 5. Gomez, 1. Alisson, 3. Robertson, 2. Alexander-Arnold, 8. Milner, 6. Keita, 7. Mane, 11. Shaqiri, 10. Salah, 9. Firmino


Manchester City

4. Laporte, 5. Stones, 1. Ederson, 3. Mendy, 2. Walker, 8. De Bruyne, 6. Fernandinho, 7. Silva, 11. Bernardo, 10. Sterling, 9. Aguero

Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

Manchester United

4. Lindelof, 5. Smalling, 1. De Gea, 3. Shaw, 2. Dalot, 8. Fred, 6. Matic, 7. Martial, 11. Pogba, 10. Rashford, 9. Lukaku



4. Vertonghen, 5. Alderweireld, 1. Lloris, 3. Rose, 2. Trippier, 8. Winks, 6. Dier, 7. Lamela, 11. Eriksen, 10. Dele, 9. Kane


What stands out is just how attacking those sides are. Liverpool would be able to add Xherdan Shaqiri to their traditional attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, for instance.

The Premier League is already seen by many as the most entertaining league in the world - this would only add to the fun.

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