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    The Tactical Importance of Ricky Alvarez

    By Benjamin Dalusma


    Ricardo Alvarez is one of the best playmakers in the world but unfortunately his talent is often misunderstood. Let's analyze the player tactically...

    Ricky Alvarez is not your typical tequartista, yet he does not get either the attention or the opportunity he truly deserves. The first time I saw him play for Velez a couple of years ago (2010), I knew the kid was money and that sooner or later he'd become one of the most important players in football. Today, while most of Inter's managers (Gasperini, Ranieri and Stramaccioni) have used him quite regularly in their systems, I still believe that we have not seen the full potential of this player, mostly because he has not been used at his optimal position.

    As I said, he is not a typical attacking midfielder and maybe this is why his talent and efforts on the pitch get overlooked. When he started his professional career in Argentina for Velez around 2008, he was a classic number 10, the offensive leader and the guy who controlled the game's tempo. Many described him as the new Riquelme. He was very slow but his passing abilities and his technique made him an interesting prospect. However, it was during his last season in Argentina that he proved he could be a world class player. During that season he played everywhere in the midfield: on the wing as right/left midfielder, as a classic number 10 but mostly as deep-lying playmaker and to be quite honest that's where he impressed me the most. He often looked like Pirlo but bringing much more offensive upside to Velez while still being pretty solid defensively. His versatility was crucial to Velez's wonderful run in the Copa Libertadores in 2011.

    As an Inter Milan fan, I was very happy to hear him sign with them in the summer 2011. Many questioned the move and argued that Inter did not need such a player. What would've been the role of a young playmaker considering that the team already had Sneijder as their central attacking midfielder and Dejan Stankovic could come off the bench at any time? I have a feeling most people in the football world (including people in Argentina) don't understand the importance of..... continued at The Tactical Importance of Ricky Alvarez
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    Very interesting.

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    should this be as well on alvarez thread, instead creating a new one, best if someone can merge it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluenine View Post
    Ricardo Alvarez is one of the best playmakers in the world...
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    That's as far as I got as well.

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    I do think ricky can excel as an deeplying playmaker...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Universe View Post
    Yeah, I know. But this has clearly been written by a fan, and as we all know, fans do exaggerate Its an interesting article overall, and raises an interesting tactical option for Strama.... as a plan b or plan C, we could move Sneijder up field to a support striker role, and Alvarez deeper as a treqartista or maybe even a regista. It sounds interesting, would love to see it in a coppa game or a friendly.
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    Severely disagree with this article. It looks to me as if its been written by a pure Alvarez fan who has labelled him as "world class" and stated wrong things such as him being played deep against Milan in May which is blatantly wrong. He was there with Sneijder behind Milito, set up Milito as well which led to a penalty. Best performance of him V Milan? No. His best performance was against Lecce when he was sometimes on the right, sometimes on the left.

    His style, the way he plays is of a player in the attacking positions. Anyone who plays football can easily recognize it but unfortunately his speed isn't top notch.
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    Speed isn't everything, is Pirlo fast? I think Alvarez looks a quality player, if we play him and injuries don't hamper him i think he could be a huge force for Inter. Should create plenty of attacking movements and assists.
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    The thing about speed is - Pirlo isn't fast but he thinks fast. You don't see him wasting time on the ball or losing it because he is slow. Alvarez does that.

    Having said it, Alvarez has a lot of potential which Strama has to somehow utilize. I would like to see him in the center in 4231 as central playmaker but a bit deeper, and also test in the Pirlo position.
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    Imo he doesn't have the passing ability required for that role.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockball View Post
    The thing about speed is - Pirlo isn't fast but he thinks fast. You don't see him wasting time on the ball or losing it because he is slow. Alvarez does that.

    Having said it, Alvarez has a lot of potential which Strama has to somehow utilize. I would like to see him in the center in 4231 as central playmaker but a bit deeper, and also test in the Pirlo position.

    That's what I was thinking about.


    Pirlo position could suit him.

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    @rockball Pirlo maybe isn't fast but he always has pacy players next to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimakos View Post
    @rockball Pirlo maybe isn't fast but he always has pacy players next to him.
    True, but then Pirlo is also able to make the passes to them quickly. That's something which Alvarez hasn't done so far, he takes too long to make those passes.
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    Alvarez is awful. He is not creative, neither fast or skillfull. Just a complete fail.

    I wished Arsenal had signed him before us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcosimo View Post
    Alvarez is awful. He is not creative, neither fast or skillfull. Just a complete fail.



    absolute gibberish to say he is not creative or skillful.



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    In Youtube, any player can be good, mate. Even Biabiany would look like a good player.

    Álvarez just doesn't convince me. And IMO, he is definately not worth 12M.

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