Wednesday, August 30, 2006

El Once Ideal

So what's Barcelona's best possible line-up? What's the best way to get the most out of the rich, fertile crop of talent on our roster?

Ronaldinho, Deco and Messi
Marquez and Xavi
Sylvinho, Puyol, Thuram, and Zambrotta

I never could understand why every coach from Van Gaal to Rexach to Rijkaard has liked Thiago Motta. He should have been shipped off to Middlesbrough with Fabio Rochemback. He must have all the character of Mother Theresa, because every coach seems to adore him. This incredible character masks the incredible lack of talent he displays every time he shows up on the pitch. If given the chance, he might be the first player in the history of La Liga to earn a yellow or red card in every game he plays for an entire season. 32 yellow cards, is that the maxim? Go for the record, Thiago.

He makes late, bad tackles worthy of a defensive midfielder for the American national team. Ick.

As a noble substitute, we could play Marquez in the defensive midfield. Marquez is better in every aspect of the game, with the possible exception of hair quality. Then we could find room for Thuram, a player that's far too good right now to be on the bench. He's both fast and strong in the air, the one area where Barcelona is decidedly weak. Sure would be nice to have him out there.

The last two games, Barcelona's defense has looked suspect. Put Thuram back there and things will get better, I promise.

Disagree? Email me.


Blogger Tim Stannard said...

First off - great blog!

I think you are being harsh on poor Motta. Whilst he is not quite first team standard, he can certainly do a job when you need a bit of grit in the midfield - especially now the dreadful Van Bommel as gone.

You are right about his tackling though, I remember one in particular - away to Osasuna I think, last season - when he was hideously late and got a straight red.

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