PLEASE READ BEFORE VOTING: voting should be based on player performances in Serie A/Coppa Italia from the 90/91 season to 99/00. Performances outside this timeframe or other competitions do not count. TEAM IDMANAGER VS TEAM LORD SINISTER Spoiler: Team befor tactical change IDMANAGER TACTICS Giovanni Cervone : Ever present for Roma as their No.1 for most part of the 90s. Very reliable presence at goal. Roberto Ayala : The defense is organized by one of the best CB's in the pool. A very complete defender who was good both in the ir and tackling on the ground while also capable of initiating play from the back. Taribo West : Physically strong and fast defender. Exactly the kind of player one would partner with Ayala. Championship Manager legend (He was a better pick than Baresi in that game) Giuseppe Favalli : An old fashioned defensive left back and one of the best after Maldini in the era. He was as reliable and consistent as it gets and a defensive rock down the left. Angelo Di Livio : His job is to do exactly what he did so well for Juventus and summed up by Baggio using the below nickname. He was known as soldatino (little soldier) or soldatino Di Livio, a nickname his Juventus teammate at the time Roberto Baggio gave him because of Di Livio's characteristic way of running up and down the flank. Frank Rijkaard : In a draft that hardly has any sort of width apart from wingbacks, the greatest DM of all time becomes the best asset defensively. Does'nt need any introduction. Edgar Davids : If having Rijkaard wasn't enough, there is Davids in the B2B role as well alongside. Between them nothing is going to get past that midfield and ends the midfield battle as a competition before it begins. He would help out Di Livio when the latter is in advanced positions. Alvaro Recoba : His left foot was probably among the best 3 left foots of the era. He is positioned in an advanced role between the left and central zones which give him the freedom to impact areas he was best at with lots of space ahead of him. With Rijkaard and Davids alongside him and Favalli marshalling at LB, he wouldn't have any defensive responsibilities. Ariel Ortega : A highly creative player with excellent technical ability, Ortega was well known for his pace, mobility, dribbling, and skills from dead ball situations, as well as his ball trickery, clever body feints, and lobbed shots. He was one of the best dribblers in the world. Ortega was an effective play maker due to his vision and passing ability. Hernan Crespo : One of the best strikers in the pool. He not only guarantees goals, he also creates them. Fast, creative and scores both his head and feet. Perfect for my setup. Crespo and Ortega is a proven partnership at various levels and in various forums. Marcelo Salas : The grestest Chilean striker of all time and our latest recruit Alexis Sanchez's idol. He was amazing for Lazio at the end of the decade in one of their best team winning both the Serie A and Coppa Italia in the process. LORD SINISTER TACTICS Players: A strong and no-nonsense, flat four back with solid pairing Carrera and Torricelli in the middle, flanked by the Carnasciali and the legendary Maldini, with a solid goalkeeper in Ielpo. In the middle we have a Leonardo and Conceição in the wide midfield helping the central midfield pair of Winter and di Matteo. In the attack we are having the goal machine Signori with the technically outstanding Montella. Tactics: Playing a defensive 4-4-2 with intense pressing. Som points: The team is instructed to sit deep in a narrow, compact shape in order to prevent the opponent from creating scoring chances. The team only breaks the shape to press the ball when the odds of success are high and the cost of failure is minimal. When the ball is won, it is played forward quickly because fast attacks can catch opponents off balance and turning the ball over in the attacking third is less costly than turning it over in your own defensive third or in midfield. All the players in the team will be assisting defensively and sacrifice individual expression for the sake of the system Fanatically aggressive pressing style in wide areas and in defined situations in central areas. Winter and di Matteo,will be sitting fairly deep. Conceicao and Leonardo are tucked in slightly to support the midfielders.