was reading the abc website analysis of last nights game, and the team in general.
as usual, somethings i agreed with, somethings i didn’t – mckay at LB? no thanks
but the thing i disliked the MOST was an analysis that a guy like bresc couldn’t play in the middle, as other teams will just go through us. overrun us right down the middle.
No, no, no. seeing mark get the ball, look up and play it forwards, or seeing him with back turned to the goal pass short and reposition his body to get the ball going forward. how could you not want to see more of that after all those matches with jedinak and valeri in the middle? looking up, seeing what is ahead, passing and moving forward to support the play.
even while feeling good about seeing the ball played forward from the middle of the park – it was a nagging worry … seeing a defensive line made up of centrebacks. and the other central mid prefers to play centreback as well. was that an attempt to offer bresc “protection”? didn’t work too well.
but back to the abc analysis. i didn’t like it – but were they wrong? not sure. would a pairing of bresc / mckay or bresc / cahill get their arses kicked? even if they did get their arses kicked, would they offer more in total than the jedi/valeri combo?
look at some of the top defensive mids – and you have guys that are solid, while being excellent footballers as well. sergio busquets. sami khedira, seb schweinsteiger. solid going forward. solid defensively.
its like going into battle, and you can take one item, a sword or a shield. you want to take both, right? but in this crazy twisted dream, you can take one. i dunno, you are one handed. the other arm got chopped off in battle. or something.
faced with that choice, i would take the sword.