Sleeps in Firmino's jersey
- Mar 29, 2011
Tbf it depends on the team, individual etc. To stay true to the topic, Savicevic and Prosinecki could walk through parts of the game if they needed rest, nobody was giving them stick if they lost the ball(which they did often as both games were pretty much high risk high reward which was normal in that era) when then ran blind allies etc. so while yeah, you need more awareness to play in the middle of the park you can also drop your guard at times(in that era at least) while at the back you need other qualities to excel - consistency, concentration, tactical knowledge and specifically for a type like Belodedici organization skills as he was pretty much controlling that defence like in a puppet show.I dont know about comparing Belodidici to Savicevic/Prosinecki etc when talking about things like consistency though, as imo centre and attacking midfield are harder positions to play and be consistent in than CB/sweeper especially in the organisational/using the ball aspects of the game where i find the difference significant. Even though there can be few things better to see than a good creator from defence adding extra control to a game.
The former need much more constant 360 degree awareness opposed to 95% of the time having everything play out in front of you when you're on the ball and being able to pick your options for an interception and pass from that widely viewable canvas. There's good reason you see an occasional player of those positions falling back and playing a sweeper/organising cb role like Olaf Thon, Matthaus and Sauzee or deeper lying playmaker role to a still good level for a few seasons later in their career, but not nearly as much the other way. This is maybe an idosyncratic view of things though, as i've always viewed it easier to defend and play from the back than be creative and effective in attack.