Cesare Prandelli hopes to reach the World Cup Final, as he explains the benefit to Italy having three formations to work in.
The 56-year-old has named his 30-man provisional squad in build-up to the competition in Brazil and has explained how he intends to line them up on the pitch.
“Being able to change becomes a resource, so we will work on two-to-three formations - the 4-3-1-2, the 4-5-1 and the 3-5-2,” Prandelli has told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“It is harder to think about the 4-3-3.
“To play three at the back is not a conservative option - it can become too defeatist if you do it with three pure centre-backs and defensive full-backs rather than wingers.
“But the wingers are offensive and one of the centre-backs is particular in that he can play the ball, like Nevio Scala did at Parma.
“Why not? Then if you play against a single striker, the three-man defence can become a four.
“I am not looking at the group table, I know that we have to progress into the knockout stages and we have to organise how to get to the final.
“I want to get to the final, then, we will see what happens.”