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Bonucci, Criscito, and De Rossi would rather use the classical style...

Italy were defeated 2-1 by Mexico in a friendly ahead of the 2010 World Cup on Thursday, and the scoreline was perhaps flattering to the Azzurri, who looked well and truly second best.

It was a lacklustre performance and much of the press have criticised Marcello Lippi's player selection and 4-2-3-1 formation. The former Juventus tactician tried Claudio Marchisio in an advanced central role behind Alberto Gilardino, but the Bianconeri player did not offer the attacking threat the Azzurri fans were hoping for.

During the match, Lippi reverted to a 4-4-2 formation and the players would seem to prefer that set-up, according to Italia.

"With the 4-4-2 we played better, because we got forward more easily," explained defender Domenico Criscito, who was a surprise starter. Leonardo Bonucci agreed with him, "With the 4-4-2 it was better."

Meanwhile, midfielder Daniele De Rossi preferred to focus on the side's lack of fitness.

"The assessment [of the tactics] is for the coach, but I can tell you when you are not in top form at the tactical level certain things will not got well," he concluded.

Italy striker Vincenzo Iaquinta has also raised questions about Lippi's tactics.

How will the tournament go? Check out Castrol Football's 2010 FIFA World Cup Tournament Predictor.

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