Footage shows how Thiago Motta's '2-7-2' formation looks in action

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Thiago Motta made headlines in November when he spoke about his plans to revolutionise football.

Motta’s system is an offensive one whereby his players press high and provide plenty of options when in possession.

"My idea it to play offensively. A short team that controls the game, high pressure and a lot of movement with and without the ball," Motta, Paris Saint-Germain’s Under-19s coach, told Gazzetta dello Sport, via AS.

"I want the player that has the ball to always have three or four solutions and two teammates close by to help. The difficulty in football is, often to do things simply but to control the base, pass and get free. I don't like the numbers of the field because they trick you.

“You can be super offensive with a 5-3-2 and defensive in a 4-3-3. Depending on the quality of the guys. I had a game a while ago where the two full-backs ended up playing as the 9 and 10. But that doesn't mean I don't like people like Samuel and Chiellini, born defenders."

Motta added: “The goalkeeper counts as one of the midfield seven.

“For me, the attacker is the first defender and the goalkeeper is the first attacker. The goalkeeper starts the play, with his feet and the attackers are the first to put pressure to recover the ball.”


Footage of Motta's system in action

His system was taken to be a 2-7-2 formation, looking something like this:


Footage has now surfaced of PSG’s youth team in action.

The clip debunks the idea of an actual 2-7-2 formation, with PSG instead appearing to be in more of a 4-3-3 system.

The video was posted on Twitter by @coach_dogge, who writes: “It consists of 2 players in each outer corridor & 7 players (including GK) occupying inner & central corridors.”

So it’s not as radical as it was made out to be.

But you can see how PSG's players move the ball up the pitch and try to provide more than one option at all times.

Motta clearly has his own vision for how football should be played and he’s getting the opportunity to test it out at youth level.

Click HERE to see how the Premier League’s big six clubs could line up in the Brazilian’s system.

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