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Andrea Stramaccioni expects every outfielder to press and tackle. This blue collar approach to playing the game is the reason why Inter Milan lead Serie A with 27.5 tackles per game.
There's certainly a bit of José Mourinho in Stramaccioni, who led a mediocre Inter youth side to triumph during the NextGen Series on the back of dogged defending.
Speaking of the Special One, just imagine the awkward moment when he told Samuel Eto'o to play as an auxiliary defender.
Here's the Cameroonian forward in his own words (via ESPN FC): "I'm happy to win as a striker after winning as a defender last season."
Goran Pandev and Diego Milito also fell in line with the need to win back the ball.
The one player under Mourinho's treble winning Inter side that wasn't burdened with defensive duties was Wesley Sneijder.
Stramaccioni has one straggler in his starting XI and that's Antonio Cassano—but like Sneijder for Mourinho, Cassano has been productive with five goals and three assists in league play.
When Inter ended Juventus' 49 game unbeaten run in Serie A, Stramaccioni made one notable tactical adjustment.
From a 3-4-3, which was quite an ambitious formation to play against Juve, he subbed off Cassano for Fredy Guarín, to play as the "1" in a 3-4-1-2.
Nope, not as a prototypical No. 10, but in the Kevin-Prince Boateng mould of an athletic footballer with an eye for goal, who also works hard without the ball.
Who pick-pocketed Andrea Pirlo, accelerated deep into the heart of Juve's defence, unleashed a shot which forced Gianluigi Buffon to palm the ball straight into Diego Milito's path for Inter's vital second goal?
Would Sneijder have outhustled Pirlo? No.
The writing is on the wall for Sneijder because Stramaccioni doesn't need the Dutchman.