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As the sign showed "24 tornante" remaining, the short distance but incredible altitude still to gain became suddenly apparent.
The No9 was the centre-forward, 11 was the second striker who always attacked from the left, 7 the tornante on the right, 4 the deep-lying central midfielder, 10 the more attacking central midfielder and 8 the link-man, usually on the centre left, leaving space for 3, the left-back, to push on.
The space he left at right-back was then covered by Jair, the right-winger, chugging back when necessary to cover as a tornante - a returner.
The tornante itself can be seen as a development of something that had been characteristic of football in Argentina since the late 1940s and River Plate's
I always insist that the basis of catenaccio was a sweeper behind a four-man defence, so it's very interesting, albeit also somewhat confusing, to see that Wilson interprets the system as employed by Herrera's Inter as an assymetrical back-four assisted by a tornante.
And once you start to see that, you realise that Ramires, who has had an excellent tournament pounding up and down the right flank, offering deftness as well as energy, could be seen as a modern version of a tornante (literally, a "returner") who, like Jair in Helenio Herrera's Internazionale, is a winger who tracks back.
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