Zlatan is love, Zlatan is life; all hail Zlatan!
- Mar 29, 2011
- David Villa and Carlos Tevez dovetail and interchange in the left and central forward positions in a medley of menace and bite. A strike partnership that oozes tenacity, work-rate, creativity, killer instinct and technical brilliance. Villa and Tevez possess the versatility, pace, movement and team work to thrive in my classic 4-3-3. Their ability to press from the front, operate wide and drop deep allows the attack to be dynamic and fluid. Figo is my dribbling wizard, providing true width on the right flank. Figo is the perfect classic winger: crosses, assists and complete mastery running with the ball. All three attackers can score and create for eachother. Teamwork is valued over the big name GOATs.
- Falcao and Tigana represent my team's ideals perfectly: the marriage of technique, tenacity and football IQ. Both ballers, able to control the game from deep, break up play, bring the ball forward with grace and even contribute in the attacking third. The midfield has been further upgraded tactically to form a new dream triumvirate. To address the questions raised regarding i) the space between my defence and midfield, ii) the off-the-ball game of Falcao-Tigana, I welcome the perfect defensive midfielder, Valery Voronin. Voronin solidifies my defence: breaking up play, man-marking, covering and able to act as an auxiliary centreback for my advancing libero. His ability on the ball and passing skill further contribute to our control of the game.
- Ruud Krol, totaalvoetbal's most complete defender, is both adventurous going forward, and the consummate defender. His positional intelligence and ball-playing ability is further enhanced alongside my possession-confident unit. Bergomi, an elite defensive fullback holds the fort behind Figo, and stays back when Beckenbauer moves forward. Campbell is a formidable centreback: very strong, fast and dominant in the air. Navas' shot-stopping ability, reflexes and goalkeeper skills have made him a highly respected modern goalkeeper, forever a key player in the big games and pivotal moments.
- It is a fantasy to have Der Kaiser combine with the players in my team, now in a more familiar 4-3-3 shape. Beckenbauer will maximise i) the defensive ability of my back four, ii) the creative influence of my midfielders and iii) the offensive potential of my attackers. Beckenbauer will be the heartbeat, orchestrator and ringleader of the passing carousel: full of elite playmakers and dribblers, boasting fluid and intelligent movement. We can both stretch our opponent, get in behind them or pass through them.
Attacking football - flexible style between high-paced transitions and possession, phases of pressing and conventional defending in a 442
The addition of Passarella and Vierchowod enables this team to play more on the front foot than before. Which makes even better use of the offensive capabilities in the side - especially the front four and Alisson, but really everyone.
Main advantage: the front four
Dunk has put up a great side around Beckenbauer, with lots of quality and without any weaknesses. We think our team can hold up in general terms, but the main advantage we see is our attacking department, which is on another level to the opposition's.
The Ballon d'Or version of Blokhin alone would be worthy to lead the attack, but here he is the partner of one of the greatest attacking players of all time: Marco van Basten in his mercurial 1980s incarnation. Before his ankle injury forced him to adapt (and eventually retire), he was the full package, including stellar pace and dribbling.
Sjor has summed it up nicely in one match compilation:
Peak strength Chislenko remains the perfect fit on the right, world class winger and scoring inside forward rolled in one. Laudrup remains the perfect fit as attacking playmaker, combining his all-time great passing with penetrating dribbling runs and his knack of getting into scoring positions.
The whole front four can play off each other. Each one brings his own massive qualities to the mix, each one can create and score. This (in our eyes) perfect synergy is how we want to win the game.