Christmas tree growing in football world

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With the development of football, new formations on the field are emerging in an endless stream. In addition to the classic formations such as 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 3-4-3 and 4-5-1, which are still widely used today, such as 4-2-3-1, 4-3-2-1, 4-3-1-2 and even the 4-6-0 without front tactics of Rome and Barcelona have perfectly inherited the classics. It is particularly worth mentioning here that there are“christmas tree”Known as the 4-3-2-1 formation, Ancelotti once performed this formation to its peak during the Milan period coached by Carlo Ancelotti. 1. The prototype of the Christmas tree Although Ancelotti once performed the Christmas tree formation to the extreme when he coached Milan, the true creator of the 4-3-2-1 formation was actually Fabio Capello who was in charge of Milan in the mid-1990s. The 1995-1996 season can be said to be the most brilliant period for Capello in Milan. On the surface, the formation formed by the Italians in that season was still 4-4-2, but in practice, the defensive midfielders Desailly, Albertini and winger Lentini played the role of the three midfielders. The winger Savicevic wearing the No. 10 jersey and the typical half-ball star Baggio No. 9 played the double attacking midfielder role; the single forward was played by the legendary Weah. This seemingly not very classic Christmas tree once brought Milan the league championship trophy. 2. Ancelotti's Christmas tree time entered the end of 2001. Ancelotti, who led Juventus twice to win the Serie A runner-up, replaced the Turk Trim as the head coach of AC Milan. The Christmas tree formation also reached its peak in the hands of Ancelotti. After taking over Milan, in fact, An Shuai used two formations most often, one is 4-3-1-2, and the other is 4-3-2-1, which is the Christmas tree formation. The former is often used in the league, but in the Champions League, Milan's sharp weapon is the 4-3-2-1 Christmas tree. In the 02-03 season, Ancelotti officially took over Milan's first full season. Milan had Inzaghi and Shevchenko as strikers, and even Thomasson and Rivaldo were sitting on the bench, so most of the time Ancelotti used a 4-3-1-2 formation. In the Champions League final of the season, Milan beat Juventus 3-2 on penalties, and the formation was 4-3-1-2. Inzaghi teamed up with Sheva to start and played the whole game. In the following seasons, Shevchenko's strong outbreak made Ancelotti gradually choose the 4-3-2-1 Sheva single arrow tactics. The Christmas tree tactics enabled Milan to win the Serie A championship in one fell swoop in the subsequent 03-04 season; but after the nightmare in Istanbul in the 2005 Champions League final, President Pei once ordered Anshuai to use double forwards. Unexpectedly, Sheva went to England in 2006, and Milan's striker was stretched. Under the last resort, Ancelotti restarted 4-3-2-1 in the 06-07 season, but this has achieved another period of glory for Anshuai and Milan. 3. Analysis of classic Milan Christmas tree battles As we all know, Ancelotti adopted the most standard Christmas tree formation when Milan avenged Liverpool in the 2007 UEFA Champions League final. Dida continued to guard the gate; Odo, Nesta, Maldini and Jankulovski lined up in the defense; Pirlo, Gattuso, and Ambrosini formed the three midfielders; Kaka and Seedorf partnered in the front midfielder; The 4-3-2-1 formation requires that both defenders must have a very good assisting ability, and at the same time be able to perform their duties defensively. At that time, Milan's two main full-backs, Odo and Jankulovski, completed their own tasks very well; among the three midfielders, Pirlo was the top priority. Milan's core not only assumed the main task of organizing the offense, but also the brain center of the team; , The breakthrough of the latter is a sharp weapon for Milan to destroy the city. Inzaghi, a phenomenal killer who wanders around the edge of the opponent's penalty area, has no doubt that his main task is to complete the final blow. 4. Milan’s Christmas tree creates the peak of Kaka Of course, it cannot be denied that Kaka has a very high football talent, but it is worth noting that in Milan in 2007, it was also the 4-3-2-1 Christmas tree tactic that maximized Kaka’s football talent. In Carlo Ancelotti's Christmas tree formation, Kaka was given considerable freedom and the Brazilian successfully played“retrace forward”this role. For this role, Kaka was not used to it at first, but with Anshuai's continuous training, the Brazilian finally became the world's top player in this position. Kaka's most important honors so far: the top scorer in the Champions League, the European Golden Globe Award, and the World Footballer were all won that year. 5. The continuation of the Christmas tree During Milan's transition to Leonardo, the Christmas tree formation is still occasionally used by the Brazilians. In the first half of the 2009-10 season, when AC Milan challenged Udinese away, Leonardo chose to use Inzaghi as the lone striker, Seedorf and Ronaldinho also served as the standard Christmas tree formation of the attacking midfielder. However, the Brazilian coach's understanding of 4-3-2-1 is obviously not up to Ancelotti's height. Milan's 4-3-2-1 in Leonardo's era is far worse than that in Anshuai's era. . In addition, when Mourinho was in charge of Inter Milan, he also used a 4-3-2-1 formation and achieved good results. In the second half of the 2008-09 season, in Inter Milan's away game against Lecce, Mourinho neither used the longest 4-3-3 nor adopted the 4-3-1-2 he has already played. Following Ancelotti's example, he formed a 4-3-2-1 formation. Ibrahimovic was the single striker on the spot, with Stankovic and Figo behind the Swede. The 3-0 score in this field became Inter Milan's game with the most goals since entering 2009. After that, the madman also used the Christmas tree formation of Balotelli forward, Stankovic and Sneijder as double attacking midfielders. In addition, the French team in 1998 and Rome during the Spalletti period have also tasted the sweetness of the 4-3-2-1 Christmas tree. Even after leaving Milan to take over Chelsea, Ancelotti tried to continue to try the 4-3-2-1 formation, but the Christmas tree at this time was no longer comparable to the Milan period. 6. Ancelotti's Christmas tree in Chelsea The reason why Ancelotti was unable to use the Christmas tree formation freely at Chelsea had a lot to do with the characteristics of the Blues players at that time. First of all, 4-3-2-1 requires that the two full-backs are relatively strong in assisting ability, Ashley Cole can be competent, but Ivanovic on the right side is relatively weak in breakthrough ability; In this regard, Chelsea has never had a brain player like Pirlo. However, in filling the two wings, the energetic Blues midfielder can meet the needs; Excellent passing ability, but also the unique ability to have long-range shots or inserting in the back row. The latter is something a Lampard-led midfield can do, but Chelsea have also been lacking a creative player when it comes to delivering the ball to the forwards. The problem on the front line is not so big. Drogba's strong ability to seize opportunities, return headers and protect the ball can just meet the requirements of the single arrow in the Christmas tree formation. Therefore, in order to create a perfect Christmas tree formation, the assisting ability of the full back, the field control ability of the core of the three midfielders, the versatile role of the front midfielder and an excellent center forward are all indispensable and important factors. In order to maximize 4-3-2-1, players like Pirlo, Kaka, Seedorf and Shevchenko must exist at the same time, and none of them can be missing. This is why the Christmas tree during the Milan period can become a classic, and then no matter in Inter Milan or Chelsea, this classic cannot be replicated.


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