Jose Mourinho has pointed out how England should set-up against Italy ahead of the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.
Gareth Southgate so far has made full use of his vastly talented squad by tinkering his formation and starting line-up depending on the opposition.
England have predominantly set-up in a 4-3-3 with Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice being constants in the base of the midfield, though Southgate switched to a back-three against Germany to nullify the wing-back threats.
New AS Roma boss Mourinho believes England will again opt for a 4-3-3 in the final in order to counteract Italy’s biggest threat – their three-man midfield.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Mourinho said: “I think I didn’t make many mistakes trying to predict what Gareth would do in every match. Changing the system against Germany was pure pragmatism.
“They keep the back four against Denmark and looking at the way Italy play I don’t see that changing.
“The power of Italy is in the midfield. That midfield is the engine of that team. It is there that they have all the control of every game.
“I don’t see any need in going to a back five. They should keep the great couple of Phillips and Rice.”
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Nicolo Barella of Inter Milan has been one Italy’s stars of the tournament with his energy and technical ability, while the more familiar Jorginho has enjoyed an extraordinary peak in form.
With PSG star Marco Verratti completing the trio, England will need to ensure they have enough numbers in midfield to avoid being overrun.
Phillips and Rice are the linchpins of this England side and Southgate will mostly likely opt to include Chelsea’s Mason Mount, who offers defensive work as well as an offensive threat.