So basically they can play 6 midfielders and no strikers in system and it would still look good... it's insane how many options are possible but I wanna know who should actually be in their midfield? I mean like, first choice or something? Wanna know so I can see your preferences and maybe start a bit of discussion.
Quickly: Iniesta, David Silva, Thiago, Busquets, Fabregas, Cazorla (well won't be active in NT anymore), Isco, Mata, Bruno, Koke, Herrera, Valero, Gabi, Viera, Iborra, Benat, Trigueros, Mesa, Camacho, Saul, Illaramendi, Ceballos and few more players.
Against Italy they played 433 with midfield Iniesta-Busquets-Koke and attack Asensio-Silva-Isco. Basically no real attacker except Asensio. And they dominated Italy (although Ventura's tactics were big fail too). Against Macedonia Costa played but Iniesta was on wing, Silva too, and midfield was Thiago, Isco and Busquets.
Imo option 1 is kind of perfect for them, they would have one CDM who knows how to control game (they can replace him with Mesa or Herrera). Thiago offers more control and offensively helps system too (not to mention his workrate in defence) and then Isco who would create everything they lack. Suso and Asensio can widen the play and they have good chance creators and scores from every position.
Basically it's insane that even with this they would have Fabregas, Mata, Koke, Herrera and Saul on bench.
Do you agree?
I like the second option with Morata in the middle and Isco changing sides with Asensio making it harder for markers, just like in the last game vs Italy which was the first defeat of Italy in 11 years in the Euro quals.
Isco should play more forward which leaves Iniesta/Koke/Silva/Saul behind him.
^I agree, Isco needs freedom since he's defo their best player right now.
I would put Isco-Asensio-Morata up front, with Isco and Asensio getting free roam for the most part. I'd definitely want Thiago in the midfield, and I would like a couple work-horse midfielders, so I'd probably have Koke and Saul partner up with Thiago. If Saul is too offensive-minded a choice, you can always replace him with Busquets.
Id just take the line up they had against Italy. I believe it was:
They literally outclassed Italy in the mid. They have 5 players that can rotate within those position and do very well. That movement messes up the defending team and its constantly creating space and passing options. Only change I might consider is adding Saul. But i don't know for who.
As much as I agree with most of you of how strong and deep Spain's mid is and how they outplayed Italy. But what proved to work in this game doesn't mean they would work in the next game even against the same Italy.
Thus, I prefer the 2nd option with Morata upfront.
Disco, Morata, Asensio
Saul, Koke, Iniesto
Fabregas is good enough but if he's not selected then all good, just keep him fresh for the PL. What about this team :)
Morata Costa Torres Pedro
Fabregas DeLucas Romeu Mata
DelHorno Alonso Azpilicueta
Disco, Morata, Asensio
Saul, Koke, Iniesto
Alba, Ramos, Pique, Azpilicueta
Option 2 for me I guess, its fair to say Spain has a very solid midfield in any case, their one weak point actually might be that a lot of their player in that area are slowly but surely gonna be on the decline.
leaving Thiago behind is almost criminal..
@Emo Silva,Iniesta are going to decline but there are players ready to fill up. Koke is entering his best years now.
@Eden Now I can't help imagining the whole Spain lineup but with their name all ending in o cause of your Iniesto thing. XD
@Golazo You are right, but what about Busquet? :(
@Golazo You are right, but bout Busquet?
@Emo to be fair Busquets is not replaceable yet.
Interesting stuff here, I think Busquets should defo be a starter in any system, else of midfield can be replaceable but Spain doesn't have any CDM at level of Busquets so it's really questionable decision to let him out.
@Croatian Couldn't Thiago play CDM in worst case scenario?
@Emo IMO Koke can adapt to that position and not Thiago.
Hate to say it but that team just sucks. It's so bad.
Even with a GK it would be terrible.
@amir the joke went straight over your head lol
@Emo, not really a CDM-esque player because he likes to go far more advanced but he would serve his role just right, I think Saul tho might be better choice.
Shitttt, just noticed they are all ex Chelsea players hahaha. I didn't even notice.😂
@Amir Or current one. :P
I also agree that Saul would be a much better choice for DM than Koke.