The star light of “Sanzhong Wei” is dim, where does the charm of the competition go?
After all, Scaroni did not use three centre-backs in the final, and the routine against Holland did not apply to France. Argentina controlled the game with a four-back system, and the excellent performance of the previous 75 minutes laid the foundation for the final victory. From the 1986 World Cup to the glorious peak of the 2002 World Cup, to the comeback of the 2014 World Cup, the stage of the World Cup witnessed the ebb and flow of the three centre-backs. This kind of charm which originated from the big game has been redefined by various famous coaches during the trip to Qatar.
[the craze that began with the World Cup, a gift from the King of the Ball]
Before the eighties of the last century, the formation of four defenders occupied a dominant position in football for a long time. With the rise of utilitarianism, the number of strikers in the trend formation continues to decrease, and an era of ultra-conservatism came at the 1986 World Cup. In order to highlight Maradona’s core role and adapt to the anoxic, hot and unbearable combat environment on the Mexican plateau, Bilal gave up most of the main forces during the 1982 World Cup, promoted a number of functional players and launched a three-centre-back / five-back formation. Maradona left the hand of God and the drama of several people for the world, and Bilaldo became a master of tactics, reaching the height of Menotti.
At a time when the King’s team made history with economic tactics, Piontek’s Denmark showed the world the strong plasticity of the three-centre-back structure with offensive football. The exemplary role of Argentina and Denmark led the trend, from the popularity of the World Cup in Italy and the United States to the strongest voice of the times played by Brazil and Germany on the final stage in the summer of Japan and South Korea. The three-guard formation competed with the four-guard system at the turn of the century. During this period, all the family teams have used the three-centre-back formation in the world competition, and Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and South Korea have all created the peak record in the team history by virtue of the three-centre-back formation.
The 2002 World Cup final was the brilliant culmination in the history of the development of the three central defenders.
[the exclusive battle of the competition, the patent of the dark horse team]
The formation design has a natural counterpoint advantage, and the concept of giving priority to strengthening defense is suitable for the tournament cup. The “split” structure makes role players and superstars very comfortable, thanks to the favor and promotion of the “Little World Cup” powers. the three-guard formation completely restrained the four-guard formation for a long time. However, with the reversal of the situation of the “Italian-western decision” in the UEFA Champions League, the 4231 formation quickly became popular, the single arrow + five midfield became the regular configuration, and the three-back formation, which was originally aimed at limiting double strikers, quickly curled up in a corner of the times.
Timber VS Lisandro-Martinez, the three-centre-back formation can maximize the advantage of a short centre-back.
The rise of ball control tactics has given the three centre-backs a chance to be reborn, and Prandelli’s Italian performance in Euro 2012 proved that blocking the backcourt space with five defenders was the best way to deal with the Tiki-Taka. In the 2014 World Cup, Van Gaal, Paul Pinto, Herrera and Sampoli interpreted the three centre-backs in very different ways, with the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Mexico and Chile all beating expectations. British powers such as England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland have also tried the three-centre defence, which has become a landscape in Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.
Sampoli, Herrera, Pinto, Van Gaal… Managers of all styles choose the three-centre-back structure as the tactical blueprint. After years of silence, the third centre-back made a comeback in the Brazilian summer.
Formation arrangement has become more conservative, the functions of some key roles have changed, the concept of ball control tactics has been integrated into it, and zone joint defense has completely replaced man-to-man defense. Thanks to the innovation of different styles of managers, there have been a lot of changes in the formation of three centre-backs / five defenders in the new era. Different from the club events with large overall load but average intensity (single game), the international competition has a compact schedule, little room for adjustment, great consumption and intensity in a single game, and the tacit understanding between players is not as good as that of the club. weaving a complex offensive system is far less simple than building counter-defense tactics, and the three-guard formation is easy to be used as a tactical blueprint because it is easy to “pile people up” in the backcourt.
England and Belgium held a mirror dialogue with Belgium in the 2018 World Cup finals.
[the hustle and bustle is followed by silence, and the mass murder degenerates into a hidden weapon]
With the weakening of the momentum of the three central defenders at the club level, the national team, which mainly plays the three central defenders, is also in trouble. The 2018 World Cup, the Netherlands, Italy, Chile, Wales and Northern Ireland all lost in the qualifying stage, the three centre-back camp suffered a major blow. Mexico, Russia, Morocco, Iran and Nigeria have tried three centre-backs in the heat and returned to the four-back system after entering the group stage.
The three-centre-back craze in the Premier League quickly dissipated, which affected Southgate’s team to return to the four-back formation.
The success of England and Belgium in the Russian summer did not bring the three centre-backs to a wave again. France and Germany did not have a good effect on using the three-centre-back system in Euro 2020, and only the Netherlands persisted in using the three-centre-back formation. When Van Gaal first returned, he preferred the 433 formation, which represented Dutch football culture, to avenge Turkey and beat teams such as Montenegro and Norway. After entering 2022, Van Gaal used the opportunity of the warm-up match to test the formation of the three central defenders, and achieved good results, only then made up his mind to restart the way to win the battle.
When Van Gaal led the Netherlands to the semi-finals of the World Cup eight years ago, Van Gaal chose to play both sides of the formation strategy, N-de Jong, de Guzm á n and Venaldom and others joined forces to consolidate the backcourt of Fraer, de Frei and Indy. Avoid the worries of Robben, Sneijder and Van Persie when attacking. The orange three centre-backs counterattacked with astonishing sharpness, leaving a classic example of washing the defending champion Spain. Three into the palace to coach the national team again, Van Gaal is faced with the Dutch talent structure upside down, the use of five-guard system can allow more excellent defenders to appear on the stage.
Attacking madman Stojkovic unexpectedly put on a five-guard bus, partly taking man-to-man defense, giving people the feeling of cutting feet to fit shoes.
In the group stage of this World Cup, teams that use the three-centre-back / five-back formation have a poor record. Stojkovic rarely reined in his edge in the face of the strong enemy Brazil, but the setting of the reverse wingback failed to lock up the opponent’s arrowhead characters. Roberto Martinez tried various combinations of defenses in three games, and could not break the knot between the old centre-back and the back. Ragraj tried the three-centre-back system in the semi-finals, thus ending Morocco’s dark horse road. Murat Yagin put out a three-halfback system in front of his old opponent Portugal, and Switzerland suffered the worst defeat in the knockout stage of the team history contest. Mori Baoyi used the three-halfback system in two consecutive games. The Blue Samurai changed his fate only through a deep interpretation of the replacement rules under extremely passive circumstances.
In the first two rounds of the group stage, the team using the three centre-back formation had a poor record, and only the Netherlands was barely supported by “hard power”.
The starting point and the mode of operation are different, but the results are more or less the same. The coach of the “second line” team has encountered trouble when using the three centre-back system.
The staffing requirements of the three-centre-back system are higher, and the selection of the national team has obvious limitations compared with the club. With the departure of Sanbaoli, Pinto and Herrera, most of the experts who play the three-centre-back coach in the club (Conte & Tucher). Even the experienced Van Gaal can not lead the Netherlands to break through the cage, which is enough to prove the difficulty of manipulating the three centre-backs.
With the landing of the five-change system, all kinds of coaches are opening up new frontiers of tactics. The formation of three centre-backs is not omnipotent, but as a backhand, it can make a lot of changes.
Although it will not be the first choice for many coaches when arranging troops, the three central defenders will not die out as a result. Thanks to the landing of the five-exchange system, various coaches have a larger space for back-hand adjustment. With the flexibility of retreating to block the restricted area and liberating the two wings, the three-center defensive formation will always be in the bag of each coach and become a kill move in the subsequent adjustment stage.
(cat’s eyes watch the ball)