Centre midfield, or centrocampista, is the single most important position in Italian football.
Over the last decade, Serie A teams have adopted the diamond 4-4-2 formation but in recent months the craze of the 3-5-2 formation has swept the peninsula.
Either way, the side with the best collection of three centre midfielders will often assume the initiative in the match.
Before revealing my list, the criteria should be explained.
Players who would be classified as trequartistas, or attacking midfielders, such as Francesco Totti or Wesley Sneijder, should not be considered.
Here are my top 10 centre midfielder in Serie A.