Don Alfredo --------------- Vs. ----------------- Edgar Allan Pillow Don Alfredo's tactics Formation: Lopsided 433 / 442 Diamond Tactics: Defensively, I am well equipped to deal with the threats of EAP because of my great central players (Varela, Cannavaro, Robson, Krol) and on the flanks I have the right players to defend against tricky wingers. Bossis is a good fit for Gento; Zebec and Krol together will be enough to handle Matthews. Offensively, I have threats from everywhere because Romario is a huge mismatch for any CB that EAP can put up. Zebec and Kubalastretch the pitch and prevent his outside defenders from tucking in, leaving Romario 1v1. Bergkamp is always a huge threat, he can score by himself because he has no dedicated holding midfielder or second CB against him. He can also put my other attackers into play because he has great vision and passing. This leads me to the greatest piece of the jigsaw, the maestro himself Andrea Pirlo will make this game his own and put my great attackers constantly into dangerous 1v1 situations with his unbelievable passing ability. Why I will win: 1) Quality players all over the pitch, not a single player who is below par 2) Great balance in midfield 3) Defensive strength through complimentary composition and ability in 1v1 defending 4) Perfect role for Zebec, the only player who is world class at LB, LW and CB and probably the fastest player on the pitch. He ran 100m in 11s in football boots, but dunno about Gento’s time, don’t want to dismiss him 5) Romario, Kubala and Bergkamp vs EAP’s defenders is a huge mismatch 6) Great composition of legendary players without one dominating presence who overshines the others, everyone is great at one specific thing and adds that to the side 7) Great base for Pirlo, who has the right midfielders around him to do much of the dirty work and has incredible weapons up front to pick out with a pass Edgar Allan Pillow's tactics Formation: WM (2-3-5) Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer One of the greatest keepers of all time, he's knows for his expert reflects, stellar ability in shot stopping and cross handling. Intimidating in one-on-one situations, his ability to step out and be a 12th man in organizing and helping the defence will be integral part in making a strong defence. Fullbacks: Manuel Sanchis - Armando Picchi Two solid and complete sweepers with class and ability to get the ball out of defence quickly. Integral parts of Quinta del Buitre and La Grande Inter and captains of the respective teams, they are defensive heavyweights and were the the mainstay of defence for their highly successful teams. Halfbacks: Duncan Edwards - Ernst Ocwirk - Berti Vogts All 3 are known for their defensive ability and considered one of the best of all time in their respective positions. Additionally all good on the ball abilities and passing range and able to bring the ball out and support the attack. Both side backs are comfortable out wide and able to tuck in and support the midfield as necessary. Inside Forwards: Zico - Jose Manuel Moreno The brains of the team and bridge to attack, abilities of Zico and Moreno are above any question. El Charro is regarded by many as a complete player and in 1999, he was ranked as the 5th best South American player in the 20th Century (behind Pelé, Maradona, Di Stéfano and Garrincha). Good technique and vision and ability to drop deep and support as well as move up with lethal reputation in the box. The White Pele is also a created forward with lethal goal scoring ability and comfortable in multiple positions in attack. Outside Forwards: Paco Gento - Stanley Matthews Possibly the best wingers duo in this draft. In an all time context, I rank both of them second just behind Garrincha and George Best on their respective flanks. Pace, skill, trickery, dribbling, ability to take on the defenders outside and beat them...they have it all. Centre Forward: Alfredo Di Stefano This team is built around the Blond Arrow, a powerful, quick, skillful, and prolific forward, with great stamina, tactical versatility, creativity, and vision, who could also play almost anywhere on the pitch. Helenio Herrera "If Pele was the the lead violinist, then Di Stefano was the entire orchestra" Newspaper L'Equipe "He was a midfielder who won the ball, a No.10 who controlled the game and delivered the final pass, and a striker who put the ball into the net. If you put together Redondo, Zidane and [Brazilian] Ronaldo, you might get close to what he was" Roman Calderon likes to tell a anecdote of a father and son coming up to a statue of Di Stefano "Daddy" says the boy, "was he a player?". "No" replies the dad, "he was a team"