VS ...................................... TEAM PAT MUSTARD ............................................................................. TEAM IDMANAGER ................................... TEAM PAT MUSTARD Formation: 4-4-2 Diamond Tactics: Quite simply get the ball to my crown jewels, the immense forward tandem of Ronaldo and Romario. This is drafting nirvana: a proven partnership between two all-time greats who plundered 34 international goals between them in a single year, yet it was sufficiently short-lived to leave every football obsessive of a certain age wondering what might have been had circumstances not conspired against them. Between the sticks, Ivo Viktor is one of only three goalkeepers ever to boast a top-three finish in the Ballon d’Or standings. Our full backs provide the width in a narrow-ish formation. Bessonov was a prototypical modern full back with excellent pace, and Pavoni was both a rugged defender and an excellent overlapper with an eye-catching goalscoring record and an immense trophy haul of 5 Copa Libertadores with Independiente. Our centre backs are a complementary pairing of the excellent defensive organiser Zmuda and one of the all-time great stoppers in Forster. The midfield configuration will be somewhat familiar to Ro-Ro, with two superb creators in Giles and Stojkovic, and two robust ball-winners in Bonhof and Voronin. I’m actually doing Giles/Voronin/Bonhof a disservice by pigeon-holing them in that manner, as they were all first rate all-rounders. This is one of the best diamonds I’ve constructed, with Giles (who started his career as a winger before converting to central midfield) and Bonhof (excellent at wing back as well as midfield) in the oft-problematic side midfield roles. They’re facing a brilliant trio in Varela/Tigana/Rivera, but with their level of individual quality and synergy they’re more than good enough to stamp their mark on the match and set the stage for Ronaldo and Romario. TEAM IDMANAGER The team is built around Gianni Rivera, the greatest attacking player in AC Milan's history. The thing with the attacking midfielder or play maker position is, throughout history, there have been various players with various styles, with different kind of players around them. These styles sometimes get lost in translation in draft games. So its important to understand how Rivera went about his game. 1. For an average AM, he started from really deep positions. 2. Most of his attacking moves started from behind the half way line. 3. He usually played ahead of a 2 man pivot where he could then take the ball and initiate attacks after the men behind him won it. 4. Although he was not extremely fast, he knew how to carry the ball forward with his brilliant dribbling and control on the ball. 5. He was extremely unselfish and his first instinct was always to find the right pass in the final third or in the build up. 6. He was comfortable drifting wide to either of the wings and hence worked well when played in a fluid system where the wide players could come in and exchange positions with him. 7. And despite all this, he scored his fair share of goals. (170 in 600 games) If there is one game which displayed all the above point in abundance, it was the 1969 European Cup final which AC Milan won 4-1 against Cryuff's Ajax. Rivera was the star of the match and eventually won the Ballon D'or the same year. Below is the video of his performance in the 1969 UCL final. In attack, he is joined by Rivaldo on the left and Giuseppe Meazza on the right and George Weah upfront. Rivaldo was comfortable drifting out wide and cutting in as well and would work well with Rivera. Meazza would be in his favorite role in the inside right sided role while also providing an additional option to enter the box and score. All 4 of them are capable of being as fluid and flexible as possible with positions being exchanged at will and making any sort of marking a nightmare. All 4 of them being prolific goal scorers adds to the advantage. Rivaldo is joined on the left by Jose Antonio Camacho who was one of the most balanced LB's and the best of the lot in the 1980. Rivaldo and Camacho is a tasty left flank. With Meazza drifting in and Zambrotta overlapping, the right flank shall be as dangerous as the left. The two man pivot behind Rivera comprises of Jean Tigana and Obdulio Varela. Probably the two easiest players to sell in the setup. The two CB's at the heart of the defence comprises Alan Hansen and Hector Chumpitaz. Hansen was an amazing reader of the game, deceptively quick with his tall feet and long strides, and one of the best defenders to come out of Britain. Alongside him is Hector Chumpitaz, one of the best defenders of all time and easily in the top 5 South American CBs of all time. He was super fast and super physical. Exactly the kind of defenders one would need against the Brazilian duo of Ronaldo and Romario. While Ronaldo and Romario look tasty, Hansen and Chumpitaz should be able to deal with them with their complimentary partnership and attributes.