Eusebio Di Francesco discusses tactical adjustments Cagliari made against Sampdoria. ‘Nahitan Nandez can do a job wherever you put him.’
Tommaso Augello’s red card in the first half proved decisive, with Joao Pedro’s penalty and a Nandez counter-attack securing the 2-0 victory.
“I wanted to make the team a little more balanced and dynamic with Nandez in midfield. We were more solid, but not as inventive going forward, so I made more changes and introduced another attacking player for the second half,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“Today, aside from the advantage of having an extra man, we defended better compared to previous matches in which we weren’t determined enough.
“The great thing about Nandez is how versatile he is, as he can do a job wherever you put him and above all is ready to do the work in any role. I believe that in a 4-3-3 formation, his natural position would be in the three-man midfield.”
Di Francesco moved away from that 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1 most recently so he could use Joao Pedro behind the striker, and it paid off with five goals in as many games.
“Joao Pedro is a striker who plays like a trequartista. The most important thing is that the wingers run hard, if they want to play together.”