What are you talking about mate, the tactics and defenders back in Serie A in the 80's surpasses anything that is around now, the average goals in the league was less due to this.
The Italian league back then had a mentality of playing defensive/ focusing alot of defensive aspects. Wingers weren't used, pacey players were very rare, the build up play was very slow and patient.
Maradonna thrived in a League where players like him were a complete enigma to the opposition defenders. They didn't know how to approach him, handle or cope with him.
lol @ saying Tactics have gotten worse. If anything the Italian league has moved in a way where it has started producing more attacking players, bringing in alot more foreign attacking players and doesn't harbor AS MUCH focus on defense as it once did.
Napoli and Udinese are prime examples of the changing times of Italian football.
No the tactics are worse, 80's Serie A was the golden era for Italian defenders, you had the likes of Costacurta, Baresi, Maldini, Gentile all playing in the same time, some of the greatest strikers played in that league and it wasn't easy, Van Bastens career ended prematurely because of it.
And Maradona is an enigma to any defence, however if the point your trying to make is that skillful playmakers weren't playing in the Serie A in them days then your wrong.
If you have a focus on anything then obviously you will produce more of them. By producing more you increase your chances exponentially of creating greater productions on a higher frequency.
Van Basten wasn't italian FFS i'm trying to tell you Italians where in the business of massing out defenders and you name a foreign striker.
So you agree with my original point?