Euro 2012: 7 Strategies to Counter Spain's 4-6-0 Formation

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Euro 2012: 7 Strategies to Counter Spain's 4-6-0 Formation
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One of the most eagerly awaited group-stage matches this Euro 2012 ended in a 1-1 draw between Spain and Italy on Sunday night.

The stage was already set for a fascinating tactical matchup from the moment Vicente Del Bosque and Cesare Prandelli announced their starting lineups.

Del Bosque decided to leave out all of his recognized strikers and field six midfielders in a 4-6-0 formation, while Prandelli opted to play AS Roma’s defensive midfielder Daniele De Rossi as a center-back in a 3-5-2 lineup.

As with every formation and tactical setup, Spain’s 4-6-0 brought plenty of intrigue, but it has its weaknesses all the same. And while Italy ended the game with only a point, it is fair to say that they exploited some of Spain’s weaknesses.

Here are seven ways to take advantage of the holes apparent in Spain’s 4-6-0 formation.

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