Rodgers and Di Matteo’s differing perceptions - originally posted on Soccerlens.comWhen Brendan Rodgers tries it, we are in awe of his ‘fresh and innovative’ philosophy on the beautiful game, trying to create from midfield, one-touch passing his way to success.
When Roberto Di Matteo tried it, he lost his job.
Rodgers and Di Matteo: Both innovators, but with varying success
The beginning of this revolution, that has made its way onto our shores, came to light in July’s European Championships final, where Spain proved to the world that once again they are the team to beat on the big stage, and did so throwing the rule book out of the window.
Eyebrows were raised when they fielded a starting XI with no recognised strikers on the pitch against an in-form Italy side, despite talented goalscorers Fernando Torres, Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente available for coach Vincente Del Bosque to choose from.
This was our first glimpse of this previously inconceivable 4-6-0 system, which now ...