Now then, outside of a dominant and brilliant youth set up, Maresca was more conservative with his lineups. LCFC’s new coach was actually at Parma in Serie B for a short time: his first match being 07/21 and final being 11/21.
Again, the Italian opted for identical formations and playing-styles throughout his Parma tenure: a 3-5-2. Though short lived and ultimately unsuccessful, this time illustrates a critical point for the Foxes: just giving Enzo Maresca half a season, with little backing, and not allowing the coach to play to his own style, would be fatal to both Leicester and the head coach.
However, with the right players, the correct developmental philosophy from the senior down to the youth sides, supported well from the board, Maresca can improve players, build a strong team, and importantly, win matches. Winning matches is what matters.
MarescaBall is an aggressive, ever-dynamic and shifting team with each player a uniquely suited individual in their own right. As an example of how the King Power side have already seen this, we should remember how critical Ricardo Pereira, Youri Tielemans, Wilfred Ndidi, and later Jonny Evans would be to how that 4-1-4-1 under the Northern Irishman actually performed. Without them, the side were limp as no one else could do it.
This is the gamble of signing up our new manager. Maresca could be well backed and have the right players to set out a positive, cultured, and tactically intricate style of play where each role is expressive and critical. Or, minus the backing we fallback towards the Parma outcome: limp, defensive football lacking any penetrative or dominating force.