Andrea Pirlo is reportedly planning a return to the three-man defence at Juventus, potentially with Alex Sandro and Danilo in more central roles.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Pirlo is open to switching back to the system that had proved so successful under Antonio Conte and at times also Max Allegri.
Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 system didn’t work as well as it could’ve done, especially at the back, where the Bianconeri conceded a massive 43 Serie A goals.
Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are old hands at a three-man defence, but there are some intriguing alternatives.
Matthijs de Ligt is out until November following shoulder surgery, while Merih Demiral and Cristian Romero have some experience of working in a three.
Daniele Rugani is increasingly likely to be sold this summer, in part due to his focus on 4-3-3.
Instead, the Gazzetta suggests Alex Sandro and even Danilo could be used in centre-back roles, but given more freedom to push forward and start moves from the back.
The three-man defence is increasingly popular in Serie A, used by Atalanta, Lazio, Inter and Hellas Verona, while Roma switched to this approach in the final weeks of the campaign, to great effect.
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