Ex-Barca star lands Serie A job


Former FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta has earned his first senior management role with Serie A side Genoa.

Motta, 37, replaces Aurelio Andreazzoli, who was sacked after just four months, with the club currently languishing in the relegation zone.

The former Italy midfielder only retired from professional football in 2018 and his only experience in management was earned with the PSG U19 side, where he made global headlines with his 'revolutionary' tactical philosophy.

"My idea is to play offensively," Motta told La Gazetta about the 2-7-2 formation. 

"A short team that controls the game, high pressure and a lot of movement with and without the ball. I want the player that has the ball to always have three or four solutions and two teammates close by to help.

"The difficulty in football is, often to do things simply but to control the base, pass and get free."

Motta added: "I don't like the numbers of the field because they trick you. You can be super offensive with a 5-3-2 and defensive in a 4-3-3.

"Depending on the quality of the guys. I had a game a while ago where the two full-backs ended up playing as the 9 and 10.

"For me, the attacker is the first defender and the goalkeeper is the first attacker."

It remains to be seen whether the former Inter midfielder will opt for the high risk attacking line-up with the club in its current precarious position.

His first challenge arrives in the form of newly promoted side Brescia on Sunday.