A TV pundit reveals he helped Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray get a point against Juventus. “Mancio is maniacal about these things.”
The Coach only took charge of the Turkish side on Monday and played the Champions League game on Wednesday in Turin, earning a 2-2 draw.
“We met in front of their hotel,” explained RAI television tactical expert Adriano Bacconi, who founded the Digital Soccer Project and worked with Marcello Lippi at the 2006 World Cup.
“After we got together and said hello, his assistant Fausto Salsano called and asked me to come back to the hotel with some material on Juve.
“Let us make this very clear: I gave a few suggestions which I had taken from the analysis of Juve’s games. Galatasaray had fired Fatih Terim and with him their expert in match analysis. It was an added problem for Mancini, who had barely even been there for 48 hours.
“Mancio is maniacal about these things. When we met, more or less 90 minutes before the technical meeting with the team, he already had very clear ideas,” Bacconi told Tuttosport.
“He would use a compact side with a 4-4-1-1 and Wesley Sneijder behind Didier Drogba. We discussed how to neutralise the Bianconeri’s strongest elements, particularly Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez.
“I advised him to put Sneijder there as the first line, while with Tevez it was better to put a midfielder on his movements and leave the back four in a line. That way they would block central runs and force Juve to go down the flanks.”