Friday March 27 2015
Tacchinardi: ‘Marchisio irreplaceable’

Former Juventus midfielder Alessio Tacchinardi says Claudio Marchisio is ‘irreplaceable’ and his absence means a return to 3-5-2.

The Italian international suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament while on Italy duty this morning, and will be out for the rest of the season, including ther rest of the Bianconeri’s Champions League campaign.

“There couldn’t be worse news,” Tacchinardi told Tuttomercatoweb.

“It hurts to see bad injuries coming from the national team. At the moment Marchisio has been irreplaceable in midfield.

“He’s been playing more on the ball, playing further back in front of the defence and he’s been playing in a higher gear than [Arturo] Vidal.

“Now it’s up to the Chilean to show his quality, but the fact remains that this injury is a tremendous blow.

“Given his absence the ideal solution is to return to 3-5-2, and hope that [Andrea] Barzagli doesn’t have a relapse in defence.

“The diamond midfield means there’s more space to cover, and at this moment in time [Andrea] Pirlo [who is returning from injury] cannot do that, he has to be managed and safeguarded.

“Because of this, 3-5-2 would offer more protection.”