For this game i have switched to a back four as i have managed to recruit arguably Germany's greatest right back Phillipp Lahm, who comes in for Carvajal and the second change is Jack Charlton making way for Gerson. The team is based on probably the strongest spine in the draft Buffon-Baresi-Varela-Sir Bobby-Fenemeno-Eusebio. Due to other issues (RB) during my last game, not much attention was given to the devastating strikers i have spearheading the attack. Both are very versatile and able to come deep, play upfront as the last man, make runs behind the defenders as well as work the channels, for this reason wingers are not essential for my team and we are not reliant on crosses from the wings. However i do have Lahm and Junior able to provide width on both sides. Sir Bobby will be playing the central play maker and will be devastating linking up with the two strikers. The team is versatile and can play defensively or attacking when required.
In midfield one of the GOAT DM's will be screening the defence Varela, next to him he will have Gerson and Modric both able to contribute in defence but more importantly have the technical ability not to get over run and keep the ball. Gerson will be the more deeper play maker while Modric will be the more advanced linking defence with attack.
In defence is the formidable core of Buffon-Baresi-Cannavaro 3 of Italy's finest and able to contain the best attackers, they will be supported at full back by Lahm and Leo Junior who both very good defensively.
I'm not sure how the opposition will lineup, but a key aspect to stopping them will be trying to reduce the influence of their star play maker Platini, and in Varela i have someone who is very capable of that, if you had to pick a player for such a task he would be high up on the list. Other possible issues are Lewandowski leading the line, nothing wrong with him generally but in an all time context when he's up against Baresi and Cannavaro and my main striker is R9 it's likely to make a difference. Secondly Lewa is a goal scorer who will stay in central areas around the box, he's a lot more selfish than Benzema and i can see this stifling Ronaldo's influence.
It's also likely that Rio will be playing RCB in a 3 man defence, something he has never done before and in such a tight contest such things can make a difference. The same could also be said for Maldini at LCB, i'm not sure how often 1) he played as part of a 3 man CB setup 2) his best/peak position was LB, he did play CB in the latter part of his career but again like Rio it was in a 4 man defence. Although these players are capable of playing in these positions as they are GOAT's after all, but i would say again in a tight game little details such as these can make a lot of difference esp when my defenders are playing in there preferred positions to maximum potential.
Semi Final Tactics:
3-4-1-2 formation centered to bring out the best out of Platini, C. Ronaldo and Scirea
The team is set up similar to the great Juventus team of the 80’s in which Platini won 3 European player of the year awards. Cristiano and Lewandowski combo in front of Platini can work ala the Paolo Rossi and Boniek duo. Scirea has 4 of the best defenders with him and will lead the defense.
Goalkeeper: Oliver Kahn.. Easily one of the greatest of all times
We addd Gaetano Scriea to our already formidable defense making it water tight. Paolo Maldini, Rio Ferdinand and Scriea combine to form the perfect back three. Scriea plays the role he played for Juventus and is expected to bring the ball out of defense and start attacks.
P. Maldini is easily amongst top 5 defenders of all time and Rio is as graceful as they get. They are flanked by Cabrini another member of the Juventus side who also won the 1982 World Cup with Italy at Left Wing Back and is one of the greatest left backs of all time. Manuel Amoros completes the defense at right wing back.
Both Cabrini and Amoros are given a license to venture forward with the back 3 covering for them. Noby Stiles will fall back in defense as required
Noby Stiles, Neeskens, and Platini give the team a great balance. Noby Stiles was the player that sat and did the dirty work as Charlton and co. led United to the European cup. His role here is to break up attacks and feed the ball to Platini and Neeskens. Stiles famously stopped Eusebio from playing his natural game in the 1966 World Cup and is expected to play a similar role here.
Neeskens is probably one of the greatest box to box midfielders and will be a key player in both attack and defense. In this formation he is given a bit more licence to move forward and join the attack. He still maintains his role as a box to box midfielder
This setup allows Platini to thrive by allowing him to dictate the play from midfield. Platini is playing the role he played for Juventus 1983-1885 when he won 3 consecutive European Player of the Year awards. He will run the game from midfield and look to score at every opportunity
Lewandowski comes back into the side to play to Paolo Rossi role.. Lewandowski is arguably the greatest striker of the current generation.. He has continually performed at the highest level for Poland and Bayern, scoring 92 goals in 113 games for Bayern.
Cristiano Ronaldo completes the line up. He is given a free role and would be devastating in his current position. C. Ronaldo is easily one of the greatest players ever and is playing in his favored position. He will form a brilliant partnership with Lewandowski and will be tough to stop. Cristiano has 9 (NINE!) goals in 6 matches against Lahm's Munich side.