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Botafogo manager Hungaro discusses tactical change and importance of Mario Bolatti

Argentina's Mario Bolatti could be a key player for Botafogo
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Botafogo’s new manager Eduardo Hungaro has talked about the tactical change he might make this season following the departure of key players.

Clarence Seedorf has quite publicly retired from playing football to become AC Milan head coach, whilst Rafael Marques is expected to depart Rio de Janeiro soon.

With that in mind Hungaro wants to implement a 4-3-2-1 formation, which is a contrast to last season’s 4-2-3-1.

Lance reported comments that the Botafogo manager made during an interview on Brazil television.

The 50-year-old coach said: “There is a tendency to change system. Losing Rafael and Seedorf, I think it is important that the system suits the players we have.

“I imagine a tripod (instead of a double pivot) in front of defence with Jorge Wagner at the front as attacking midfielder.

“And then two men up front. I am pointing towards that direction.”

An interesting change then from the former Fogão youth team boss, who talked about Mario Bolatti as a key player in the system.

He sees the Argentine, on loan from Internacional, as the most defensive midfield out of his central trio and has been impressed with the 28-year-old thus far.

“In my design, the five has to be the ace of the team,” said Hungaro.

“It is something I have seen a lot. Bolatti has impressed me positively. I have placed him in front of the defence, so that we have a good outlet ball, it all starts through him.”


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