Altho this section is called "games and tactics" mostly match threads are opened here ... i opened dis one to discuss some tactics
the concern that i want to share is about our defense. To say that they have not been brilliant in this later stages of the season wud be an understatement ... but do you really think our defense is really world class?
RB - this is one area I do feel is covered once we sign an CM so that there is enough flexibility to revert JZ bak to RB when need arises.
Andreolli or Burdisso are not really meant to be RBs
CD - Now this is where the main problem lies.
Materazzi - a wonderful world cup and an inspired season with a number of important goals, really been a stalwart this season. But he is 35 and can we rely him to carry this defense on his shoulders for too long. Add to that he does not really add any pace in the heart of defense.
Cordoba - I hv said it for long he is nt Inter starting material any more. No offense to his fans, but if you look objectively, at no point of his career was he really been looked at as one of the best in the world. He is one player who has never found any suitors in the whole of Europe - even in his prime years.
Walter Samuel - the WALL. Had a horrible time at Real, was better last season but hardly played this season as his game is too akin to that of Materazzi's. But he is no more the player he was at Roma. This is an established fact. So do we retain him as a 3rd chouice to take over from Materazzi once he goes of the boil? Bcoz it is obvious that Samuel-Materazzi wont work due to the simple fact that they are too slow. Again, he is 28. So in a year or 2 he will be still there to replace Materazzi.
so what shud be done? Send him out on a year-long loan?
Burdisso - he has promised so much, but not yet delivered much. So what do we do with him? Keep him and he remains as our 3rd or 4th CD or send him on a year long loan?
Andreolli - i dont think there is any doubt that he needs to play a lot more and we need to find him a side in serie A to do so.
So my summary:
Buy a starting CD - world class quality.
Send one of Samuel and Burdisso on loan
If keep Cordoba, then he will be the 4th choice
Loan out Andreolli.
Maxwell has been good in patches but improving all the while. I suggest we keep him but alternate with JZ for LB
Grosso - good WC, but nothing since then. My verdict - sell him if we get a good deal seeing that we will have JZ bak as a WB nxt season.
Between Maicon, JZ, Maxwell I think the wingback positions are comfortably covered.
Materazzi to be the starting defender alongside Mexes/Gallas/Andrade/??
Samuel i vote we keep him and loan out Burdisso
I think we shud sign Heinze to cover for Grosso as 2nd LB and be our 4th CD.
And loan out Burdisso and sell Cordoba.