- Mar 6, 2012
- Ole Ole Ole
1. Main man in a sense that he's the driving force on midfield at his peak. Mendieta is not a Rakitic or Xavi's type, where Iniesta had his best.Can you elaborate on
1. What makes a main man
2. What exactly Mendieta loses when he is degraded to "not a main man" status?
I literally have no idea what you mean as Mendieta being the best player in that Valencia side doesn't affect his performance at all. He's not an ego-maniac that would be furious if one of his teammates would be considered more important (like Cristiano); he doesn't have Gerrard-like Roy of the Rovers complex that requires the whole team to adapt to his role... in fact, Mendieta spent his whole peak playing multiple roles (CM/RM/DM/AM/LM and that after being moved from RB) because it helped the team — Cúper used him as an instrument to adjust his team's settings instead of being forced to build it around him.
2. Then Iniesta + Mendieta become 1 + 1 < 2 because someone has to put brake on displaying his best. Who was the "Iniesta" in Valencia?
Although you could argue that Pep could make Silva and KDB work in midfield three.