Discussion in 'Football Forum' started by Lord SInister, Feb 8, 2018.
Yeah, to be honest Seedorf played more as a left forward too.
You can't help yourself with those Christmas trees
Shite strikers and CBs.
Look at them now.
IIRC that didn't work too well. Pirlo with another proper playmaker didn't work.
Fabio Gibson O'Shea Rafael > Arsenal
What was the name of that striker, someone said "when (striker) plays, the ball is square." Was it Serginho?
The only problem with that midfield was age. Pirlo was an old man and it clearly showed in the CL final (that's why he went to MLS the season after). Pogba was still very young and raw.
If Pirlo was a bit younger, and Pogba a bit older, that would have been an unbelievable midfield.
For 8 games
Great shout on that Germany midfield. Says alot about Gazza at his brief peak that he was able to compete on even terms with them at WC '90.
Pires and Overmars didn't play together at Arsenal though (thank feck!), with Parlour or Ljungberg usually providing the balance and graft on the right wing.
Oh yeah, Freddie.
Boban-Prosinečki-Asanović at Euro 96
Not the greatest mind, but a personal favourite.
For that one season:
In my lifetime I can't remember a midfield dominating Europe so empthatically during a season. I'll always hate Pep for destroying that by playing Javi at CB and moving Kroos into a deeper role.
The Dortmund midfield of Bender, Gundogan and Gotze was also special, albeit also cut short.
Prosinečki Jugovic Mijhalovic Savicevic from 1991 Red star team wasn't too bad either.
Was a pretty decent midfield for Valencia.
Don't rate Lorimer and Yorath as in the same class, but Bremner Giles was a legendary CM pairing in a 4 man midfield. Grit, footballing intelligence and technical ability in equal measure.. same goes for Blanchflower and Mackay.
Scholes - Gerrard - Lampard - Beckham
Park-Rafael had it all really
Pirlo/Vidal/Pogba/Marchisio was brilliant aswell.
People tend to overemphasize the old players.
As good as others were, Xavi...BUsquets...Iniesta is one level above the rest.
Mascherano/Alonso/Gerrard won nothing, but it was a really good Holder/Passer/Creator midfield.
Has to be Falcao-Cerezo-Socrates-Zico
Falcao is Roma’s Goat. Cerezo is ‘the best player i’ve ever seen’ according to Mancini. And wasn’t even at his prime when he was key for Sampdoria winning Serie A. Zico was the closest thing to Pele at that time for Brazilians. People forget how fast he was Socrates was a lazy chain smoker, but was good.
Busi-Xavi-Iniesta were great, but to me Messi is what made them shine. Xavi and Iniesta weren’t considered top10 players before Messi. I just don’t see them dominating/winning a Serie A individually like the Brazilian CMs did.
Argentina in 2007 Copa America (eventhough they got thumped by Brazil)
Mascherano-Veron-Riquelme-Messi is underrated
Beckham/Scholes/Keane/Giggs is obviously an awesome one that was close to home.
1 Rivelino, Gerson, Clodoaldo
2 Falcao, Cerenzo, Socrates
3 Iniesta, Busquets, Xavi
4 Girese, Fernandes, Tigana
5 Seedorf, Pirlo, Gattuso
Giggs-Scholes-Keane-Beckham was glorious and I think by far the English game has seen. Xavi-Biscuits-Iniesta is about as it gets hence the trophy haul and utter dominance of other top sides.
A couple of personal favorite of mine was Vicente-Baraja-Albelda-Mendieta with Aimar in front.
Absolutely amazing midfield, but I really don't think they are the GOAT unless you include Messi dropping back. If for instance Giggs, Scholes, Keane, & Beckham had Messi in the #10 role, I can't even fathom how good that would have seemed.
River plates wasn’t too bad
Ryan Giggs a midfielder ? Surely at his peak his best years came as a winger.
They never really dominated Europe consistently like Barcelona 2009-11, Ajax of 70s and 90s(reached two finals in a row), AC Milan of 00s did. Even our ordinary midfield in 2006-11 achieved far more than what Becks-Keane-Scholes-Giggs did as they reached 3 finals of the UCL in 4 years.
What? It was a classic.
The Last Maquina! @antohan will like this...
Yeah from what I gather there’s a lot of ways to interpret who actually played in midfield for them
Careca was injured and Serginho playing in that team was just wrong.
Xavi and Iniesta were both in the the final 3 in the ballon dor shortlist more than once, Busquets is regarded my many as one of the best holding midfielders/CDMs of the last decade, crucial to that barcelona team and how they played, like Carrick at United a while back, I'm sure many regard him highly too. That barcelona midfield was the team, the midfield 3 plus messi, every other player you could interchange and the team would still have been just as good mostly.
Modric, Kroos and Casemiro is very good too.
That was a great team! There was also Preben Elkjær Larsen in that team, and Morten Olsen was one of the best liberos around. They played some wonderful attacking football in '83-'86. Molby wasn't a regular until later on though, and Laudrup was a striker. Jesper olsen was a regular.
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