Sleeps in Firmino's jersey
- Mar 29, 2011
Strategy: Counter attacking 4-4-2, sit deep and bomb forward once we have the ball with the front 4 aided by Van Hanegam.
Dealing with his attack...
With his brilliant midfield I expect him to dominate possession which should play into our hands as with Djalma taking care of Stoichkov and Baresi able to track Hidegkuti into midfield.. Eusébio will have to overcome Moore and Marzolini. I see Eusebio as our biggest threat, and with Zanetti looking to bomb on - his right flank looks dangerous.. which is why the hard-working Boniek will be expected to track back diligently and ensure Marzolini is protected from 2 v 1 situations.
The midfield battle...
In Falcao and Rijkaard, he will dominate possession and that is before we even add Scholes to the conversation. There is no point in me arguing we will stand a chance in this regard but what we do have is two really strong fighters who complement each other really well and will be looking to sit deep anyway. They will be instructed to not get phased if we are not in possession, mark space and when on the ball.. pass between the lines and feed our dynamic forward line as quick as possible. Van Hanagem's pin point passing and ability to break enemy lines with his strength and dribbling will be key..
Are Falcao and Scholes compatible? My worry here is that it is reminscent of Scholes feeling 'pissed' when Veron stepped on his turf and also at being sidelined when Gerrard and Lampard were in midfield with him. Now Falcao is a better player than any of these guys but Scholes' personality is a quirky one and he has an ego.. he does like to be the side's primary playmaker and when he isn't, can throw his toys out of the pram.
Our counter-attacking threat...
Before we even look at the attackers... in Chilavert, Baresi, Moore... we have some very fine distributors from the back and therefore as soon as the ball is won, at any stage a counter could be sprung.. remember Moore's pass to Hurst? imagine him playing in Gerd Muller!. I would argue that whilst his defence is strong, it is not a GOAT level backline like mine and he's up against 3 outstanding Ballon D'or winners and Zbigniew Boniek (Platini called him the greatest counter attacker of his era).
Structurally, the signing of Van Hanegam allows Boniek to roam once we get the ball (knowing that Hanegam can drift down left flank) and give Rijkaard a headache defensively especially if Albert drops deep too. Figo holds the width down the right, stretching the pitch wide as possible and Muller is constantly on the lookout for space and sniffing any opportunity to put it in the back of the net.
Team Beam Nut
Tactic: 4-3-3 dynamic and quite clearly superior
The most underrated forward in draft history with a perfect platform to shine.
More in the debate, although to be absolutely crystal clear I don't have a clue how Raees is gonna win this. That midfield and Hidegkuti in support will just put 5 around Baresi and Moore. It is not that I don't take their factor, clearly a superior defence, but it will be battered.