- Oct 11, 2020
- Atletico Madrid
I think composure is the biggest weakness of this squad in the first fix has to be around the CM/DM, but because of that I also think CB should come before RB. Especially under Ten Hag someone 'can play a role' if there's enough composure around them to let them be great in their specific role. In the 18/19 season vdB had a very clear role and Tagliafico kinda did too. Neres was capable of more but filled in a role as well. Having one or two AWB's in the team won't be bad if their roles are specified enough and don't become easy targets of opponents' pressuring. I think you're better off getting consistency out of the CB pairing or simply a better player there first before you fix RB which can be handled more easily through a solid CB-DM-CM set near them. If AWB can work on his crossing he can focus on just using his pace going forward and then it can be fixed later. If you have Varane, [De Jong], [Neves - sorry can't think of other examples right now but he's great in PES ] and Sancho guarding composure/creativity around him, it might be even better to not have someone with the same role as them around there, and he can shine through his hard work again.Not sure we can transform entire 11 in one window, IMO CM is the biggest weakness in our team. If Shaw is back to his best we don't have to worry about LB. It's only RB that's worrying
For CM, we don't have anyone who can hold the midfield, someone who can spread the ball. In short we don't have a proper midfield both in quality and quantity.
Would go with CM X 2, RW, RB in the order of priority. CB can wait, at least for a season.
Same in midfield. If you need Fred to be your Pirlo, you're gonna hate him, but if he can be more of a Vidal or something, it doesn't really matter and his actual skills are allowed to shine much more.
Based on how he did things at Ajax and Utrecht I assume he will handle things contextually again. He'll look at the squad, their strong and weak points and then rebuild from the strong points in a way he'll think the team will shine most. He won't always be right, but I wouldn't be surprised if he simply uses some players differently which will suddenly make them seem like very very capable players rather than ones getting overrun half of the time. AWB and Fred are simply examples that I can see fitting his philosophies and that could rise to the top of their game simply through role and overall structure changes.