Moby VS Oaencha TACTICS Team MobyWe are playing a standard 5-3-2 formation based on an unbreakable defensive line, a grand mix of tactical and technical midfield, an absolute genius running the offense supported by a deadly forward line. In goal is the incomparable Sepp Maier, the legendary German goalkeeper and one of the best ever at that. Watertight defensive line led by the defensive general Gaetano Scirea bringing in tremendous presence at the back and organising the defense with his leadership skills and providing that touch of genius in defense, a man absolutely crucial for that defense to be at their best, not to mention his unrivalled ability to distribute the ball from defense or carry it forward. Flanking him are two absolutely uncompromising defenders comprising the Italian no nonsense defensive rock Giorgio Chiellini and one of the greatest Spanish defenders and therock behind the legendary Barca team Carles Puyol. Both the CBs are perfectly capable of defending both in the middle and covering for the wingbacks out wide naturally, make it a sound tactical setup. The all important wingbacks are two German world champions - the unmatched two way game of Manuel Amoros and the outstanding work animal Patrice Evra. The two wingbacks are perfect in the roles assigned to them, Amoros being a massive weapon both in defense and attack on the right while Evra who constantly provided width for us during our great run and at his peak was a colossus at the back due to his pace, stamina and concentration. The midfield comprises of the Romanian legend Gheorghe Popescu partnering the all round midfield general Luka Modric. In Popescu we have the perfect midfield-defense hybrid who would be class at dropping into defense and allowing Scirea to impact the game on the ball which Luka's work rate, stamina, close control technique and outstanding creative passing would make it a well rounded unit. Completing the midfield is none other than the unparalleled goalscoring creative genius Michel Platini. With the incredible platform behind him he will be at the heart of the game bring in all time great levels of creativity, passing both long and short and an elite goalscorer all wrapped in one package. To further his strengths, he is absolutely at home in playing in a back 5 formation while being the primary threat in attack and taking that responsibility at the highest stage. Completing the team is the deadly Italian duo of Alessandro Del Piero and Christian Vieri. Two forwards playing in a very 'Italian' setup something which they are most used to in as well as two forwards that make a highly complimentary pair with Del Piero being the free roaming forward while Vieri takes his role as the battering ram up front bringing in top quality finishing. Key Points: A combative defensive line that will get stuck in and provide a massive guard for the goalie. A powerful midfield unit making it a massive back 7 to break up. Popescu's ability to drop into defense vital to release Scirea. Incredible ability on the ball at the back with all three of Scirea, Amoros and Evra capable of distributing it forward and carrying it when needed. Not to mention Puyol who excelled in the tiki taka system. An all time great orchestrator at the heart of the game. Two great forwards leading the attack complimenting each other perfectly with Del Piero playing off Vieri. The familiarity of key players in Scirea, Platini, Del Piero and Vieri in their respective roles with regards to the formation that would further allow them to be in their element. Team Oaencha 4-5-1 / 4-3-3 Free flowing attacking football with fast wing play and creative passing through the middle. - Quick Summary - Defence Facchetti and Lahm are attacking wing backs. Maldini and Ruggeri are paired at centre back with Neuer utilising his sweeping skills. Midfield Netzer is the advanced playmaker, Pirlo is the deep playmaker and Alonso is being deployed as a defensive midfielder, similar to his Bayern Munich years. (More information in the write up) Attack Džajic and Rivaldo will cause havoc down the wings with Rivaldo being given a free role. Ibrahimović is the target man. - Full Summary - Manuel Neuer - Sweeper Keeper Giacinto Facchetti - Left Wing Back Paolo Maldini - Ball Playing Defender Oscar Ruggeri - Stopper Philipp Lahm - Right Wing Back Xabi Alonso - Defensive Midfielder Andrea Pirlo - Deep Playmaker Günter Netzer - Advanced Playmaker Dragan Džajić - Left Winger Rivaldo - Right Winger / Second Striker Zlatan Ibrahimović - Target Man Please feel free to ask questions but let’s get the big two out of the way... How will Xabi Alonso, Andrea Pirlo and Günter Netzer work together and why there is no out-and-out ball winner in midfield? All three are obviously world class playmakers but they each have their own specific roles in this team. Günter Netzer German maverick and advanced playmaker. Creative, technical and one of the greatest passers football has ever seen. With two defense-minded midfielders behind him he has the freedom to push forward and express himself. Andrea Pirlo Bearded wonder and traditional deep playmaker. His vision and control will be key for dictating the tempo of the game. He has light defensive duties but will focus on building play from the back. Xabi Alonso Gerrard’s secret lover and defensive midfielder. He had fantastic tactical awareness and was an accomplished tackler; especially during his years at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. He is not performing the Makélélé role but he will be supporting the defence. With the personnel in defence I feel an out-and-out ball winner in midfield would be overkill. Maldini and Ruggeri are both strong, exceptional tacklers and Neuer’s sweeper abilities provide an extra man in defence. Manuel Neuer Tall, strong and the definition of a complete modern keeper. He will be utilising his sweeper abilities and keeping the defence organised. Giacinto Facchetti and Philipp Lahm Two world class wing backs, equally adept at defending and getting forward. They have free reign to attack the wings, interchanging passes with Džajić and Rivaldo. They are both expected to get back and defend but have Maldini, Ruggeri and Alonso providing cover when they are further up the pitch. Paolo Maldini and Oscar Ruggeri Two tough as nails centre backs whose styles will bring out the best in each other. Maldini is composed and confident on the ball, while Ruggeri is the fearless stopper, charging into tackles. Rivaldo and Dragan Džajić Flair and technical skill in abundance. Rivaldo has a free role, allowing him to drift inside behind Ibrahimovic and play as a second striker. Džajić is the archetypal winger, utilising his exceptional dribbling skills and whipping balls into the box for Ibrahimović. Zlatan Ibrahimović Programmed for ‘beast mode’ and the target man. He will thrive on the quality supply from his teammates. His height and strength has the potential to cause Moby’s defence serious problems. Popescu and Chiellini aside he towers above the others.