New Milan coach Leonardo plans to use the latest scientific technology to improve the way the side plays.
The Brazilian, who has replaced new Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti on a two-year contract, wants to play attractive football by analysing detailed fitness and performance data of every player.
While such techniques have been used for some time in England, Spain and Germany, Serie A has been slow to catch on and Leonardo intends to embark upon a mini-revolution.
The 39-year-old former Milan player will also keep most of his old duties as technical director.
“I have the idea of having two assistants that will deal with technical data and scientific information,” the 1994 World Cup winner told a news conference at the San Siro on Monday.
“People will see me more with a suit and tie, that’s true.
“I have the idea of doing training with the ball, to have a team that is quick with the ball,” he said. “The style of Milan, the philosophy goes on. 4-3-1-2, this is our identity, but it can change. I want to play in an attacking, entertaining way.”
Barcelona’s success this term in 38-year-old Pep Guardiola’s first season has raised expectations that rookie Leonardo can do something similar with Milan.
“Today it’s normal to talk about Barcelona seeing what has happened this year,” he said in perfect Italian, one of the five languages he speaks.
“My style won’t be based on someone else, it will be my own style,” he added.
Leonardo has two immediate priorities, keeping hold of Real Madrid target Kaka and getting the best out of Ronaldinho after an disappointing first season at Milan.
“Kaka, like many other big players, will be courted by many great clubs. I don’t see that as strange,” he said. “Definitely it’s important that we keep him here with us. He is a big reference point for the team.
“I see in Ronaldinho a huge desire to rediscover his best form.”
Leonardo, who said he held the relevant coaching badges despite reports claiming otherwise, jokingly provided his list of transfer targets.
“The players I have asked for are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo,” he smiled.