- Aug 27, 2018
Tactics - Counter Attack
Formation - 433
Defensive Line Balanced
Marking – Zonal
A straight forward 433, focusing on quick transitions to put in the front three. Giggs and Robben have licence to drift both inside and out, and also switch wings if they wish. Despite his reputation as one of the most trad of wingers from 2000 onwards he was often deployed in the 10/SS position – he put a man of the match performance in this role against Deportivo in the CL in the early 2000s. Silvio Piola is the all-time top scorer in Serie A and also played on the wing so isn’t what you would typically expect in a pre-war No.9. His overall technical ability and experience in wide positions sits very well in a fluid front three.
The midfield three is anchored by Desailly who will not give Rivera an inch. The great Tigana and Pilot will both be B2B providing great energy and also some goal threat too. Pilot is a Standard Liege legend winning the title 4 times with them in a 10 year period and is considered the greatest Luxembourgian player of all-time.
Roberto Carlos and Stefan Reuter will provide great pace and offensive contribution in attack but were both good defenders especially the former, he is no Marcelo when defending. At CB the excellent and athletic Lucio paired with the most intelligent defender of all-time, John Mensah of Mensa.
Between the sticks keeping everything out on of the GOAT keepers in Buffon.
Vidal and Blanchflower are CMs bordering on DMs (they will have some defensive responsibility, in other words, which is needed when the FBs (especially Kaltz) move up to join the attack). Blanchflower is, additionally, one of the team's obvious playmakers - the other one being Rivera.
With Kaltz being decidedly offensive on the right, Nilton Santos will be instructed to play a somewhat more conservative game (that doesn't mean he'll be stuck in his own half all the time - simply that his role is more "balanced" rather than "offensive").
Gento plays as a winger/wing forward - Donadoni's role is more that of a side midfielder, similar to how he, historically, often played for both club and country.
Other than that - this should be straight forward enough w/ regard to roles.