VS ...................................... TEAM PAT MUSTARD ................................................................................ TEAM SJOR/TROSS .................................... TEAM PAT MUSTARD Formation: 4-2-2-2 Stricken with jealousy during the reinforcement round as Sjor embarked on the greatest transfer muppet frenzy in drafting history, I've decided to switch things up a little myself. Out with the diamond, in with a vaguely Brazil 1994 WC inspired 4-2-2-2. Dani Alves comes in at right back, and his swashbuckling attacking style is an ideal fit for the formation and theme. I'd have loved to have went full Samba and gung-ho with Marcelo at left back, but the treacherous @Enigma_87 screwed me over and Ricardo Pavoni remains at left back. Less expansive and skilful than Marcelo, he's nonetheless a reliable overlapper and a resolute defender, and probably the better, more pragmatic fit against a dangerous wide forward like Bene. Voronin and Bonhof form the sturdy double pivot in central midfield, and ahead of them Pedernera and Stojkovic are the lavishly gifted pair of attacking midfielders. Stojkovic was a mobile and wonderfully creative playmaker who was excellent at attacking the right wing, and the great Argentine Pedernera originally played as a left winger, so both will be at home in their respective zones. Ahead of them are Ronaldo and Romario, who are both fecking awesome, and even more awesome as a duo. The Opposition: I share Sjor's penchant for going weak at the knees for a good False 9 formation, so I like his rebuild. The attack is really well-constructed and every player looks a good tactical fit for the formation and the possession-based playing style. Not much to criticise then, but I hope and trust that Ronaldo and Romario will besmirch Wright and Boateng, and that the rest of the team is solid enough to provide the platform. TEAM SJOR/TROSS Tactics Dont think i have to say much about this team and the way they will play. Team built around my 2 best players, Emperor Busi and Don Andres. Would be stupid if i didnt take a lot from the system they are at home and the system that gets the most out of them. Obviously there is no Messi here so as Spain needed to change something there we had to do the same thing and while we kept false 9 its a totally different front trio where both wide forwards have a lot more freedom both on and off the ball, similar to the way Holland used their wide forwards in Total football or the current false 9 example with Klopp and his trio up front. But at the end of the day, win or lose its great to finally face a proper opponent in this tournament. Possession All 11 players are comfortable on the ball, most tricky one is probably Wright but from what i read he was a composed passer of the ball after his transition to centerback and this is the way he sees his game which is pretty much the way we want him to play here. Next to Billy we have two players that were fantastic on the ball in Boateng and Zanetti. Midfield in self explanatory tbh, Busquets and Iniesta in their best roles with Gerson used as a game controlling playmaker. Until we reach the front three, very little would differ from Tiki taka system but in the final third it changes a bit. Hidegkuti is the central figure of the attack. Father figure of false nine role, at least in Europe if not in general. Fantastic footballer to who i fell in love while researching for Euro draft, truly magnificent footballer that offered everything you would want from a false nine. Great technique combined with his passing range and vision made him good but what made him special was his selflessness on and off the ball, only true greats can make other greats even better and we have 3 of those in the team in Busi, Iniesta and Hidegkuti. Beppe and Bene will be in dreamlands. As mentioned, Beppe Signori as left forward and Ferenc Bene as right forward, both have a lot of freedom both on and off the ball. Even though Hidegkuti is a great player he cant replace Messi, nobody can IMO so the plan was to free a bit other offensive players and use the ones with a little more ability on the ball then Messi's partners had. Defending We defend with possession but when we dont have the ball the plan is next. Stay very compact in the middle, as long as the ball is out wide we are comfortable so both Zanetti and Chagas will tuck in and make that back 4 very narrow, limit the space in the middle so there isnt much space for individual runs through the team and the midfield needs to cut the space in front of the CB so they can focus on the space behind, having Navas behind them helps as not only is he a great 1v1 keeper he also reads the game well and can act as keeper sweeper. Hidegkuti will move around Voronin while Beppe and Bene i want also narrow so they will focus more on Bonhof and Giles and not Pavoni and Alves. All 4 wide players are great athletes and are very fast so they can make that transition work from defence to offence and vice versa.