Sleeps in Firmino's jersey
- Mar 29, 2011
Defensive tactic: Stop Maradona and MVB from running this game.
Offensive tactic: Set up for Beckenbauer to run this game.
- Attack features Shearer and Sivori, a typical big man and little man combo.
- Shearer is excellent at holding the ball up and winning headers (49 out of 206 Newcastle goals were scored with his head).
- Sivori is a fantastic dribbler and is used to playing alongside a big, physical striker. He's a trickster as well and will be difficult to handle.
- Both are excellent goal threats at their peak and their scoring stats are very good.
- Xavi is the creative force here.
- Bremner adds the workrate to the midfield.
- Desailly is the enforcer and his peak is from his Milan days.
- Set up for Beckenbauer to step up when in possession and run the game.
- Led by Beckenbauer.
- Hulshoff and Bergomi are LCB and RCB in this setup, both great defenders in their own right.
- Marcelo and Bezsonov operate as wingbacks and act as ball carriers and options for Beckenbauer to spread the play.
- Schmeichel offers world class support in goal behind them all.
It's pretty obvious that with both Maradona and Van Basten in attack, I have two central hubs that provide the distraction that enables various means tp progress the ball and , not only my #9, but also my prolific wing-forwards. My team is not built for brawn across midfield or attack, but rather: incisive actions; excellent levels of ball retention and press resistance as well as the ability to release any open man at any given time with longer passes out to the wings or even through the middle, if it's on.
Defensively, the midfield is not some kind of powerhouse, but aren't shirkers or easily bullied. They will press, are dogged and both Cerezo and Modric read passing lanes well, and perhaps most importantly of all, recycle the ball and turn seemingly innocuous conditions into threatening ones in a minimalist fashion.