Guardiola e Stones

Four Center Backs: The New Trend of Positional Play

What does Manchester City gain with Akanji as a midfielder in a 2-3-5 formation? How does Arsenal benefit from having Tomiyasu and Ben White orchestrating plays from the inside in the very same 2-3-5? And finally, how does this sustain itself in a model that, at the high level it is executed, should demand players with the highest technical quality and skills? Center-backs, who are undoubtedly the best in the world and have unparalleled ball-playing abilities, are capable of fulfilling these functions… Well, let’s proceed with the analysis.