I agree with many of the things that Maldini says, but in the comment on line-ups, I will refute him. Why not?. Zidane, for the players he has at Real Madrid, I think he would do well to play a 1-4-3-3, or a 1-4-4-2 in rhombus. Why? because it is the only way for talented midfielders as advanced in age as Modric and Kross to play, and in my opinion only one of them should play. Valverde and Casemiro fixed, above Benzema, Asensio and Hazard. Behind the usual, Mendy, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Carvajal and Courtois.
Now let’s go to the FC. Barcelona. To my mind, Koeman does well to have the personality to do what he has done with Ricky Puig. Both the press and the club have given him too much notoriety, just as they have given Sergi Roberto for years. They are both good players, but thanks to the fact that they are homegrown players and fit well into the philosophy of the club, perhaps in other first division clubs, it would be much more difficult to enter the starting 11.
I agree with Maldini that in the middle of the field he should start with Pjanic and De Jong, Busquets being the natural replacement for both or when Koeman decides to change the game system. Unlike Maldini, I don’t define myself as a Dembelista. Dembelé is like Ricky, very young, and like all young people, you have to give them time. The issue is that in a Real Madrid or in a FC Barcelona, Ivan de la Peña type players, let me explain: players who do extraordinary things, but whose risk level is so high when doing them, that they obtain as a result little effectiveness When executing them, in this way they do not transmit security to their own teammates, or to the technicians, so players of these characteristics do not usually have a lasting role in the TOP teams of the four major leagues, unless with time, their maturity, overcome that barrier where the subtractions become constant additions.
Taking into account the signing of Trincao. For my way of seeing, I did not see a success in a low-cost Barcelona signing for decades, for me Trincao, it will be cheap. If I had to choose an 11, mine would have a lead with Messi, Ansu Fati, Griezmann and Coutinho.
However, I would be expecting a 9 pure as May water. Lautaro seems to me the best alternative for the front, especially after the tremendous sporting error when letting a TOP striker go, to reinforce a direct rival with the signing of Luis Suarez. Another mistake, in my opinion, when they signed Coutinho for 140 million euros to transfer him the following year. In soccer there is a maxim: After one mistake, don’t make another, but above all don’t make the same one.
Well, I think that FC Barcelona have returned to commit with Luis Suarez. In defense, yes or yes, I think Koeman is right, with the signing of Ajax full-back Dest. Koeman, having been a player with a tremendous personality, and that is good in football, but so did the former Valencia CF and fantastic Head Coach Marcelino and he has not trained for two years, so he must weather storms. Koeman in his position as coach, is already letting out details in one month that none of his predecessors have had.
Finally, in the absence of a good center-back in the team, I would stay in the defensive zone with Piqué, Lenglet and Jordi Alba.
And at Atlético de Madrid all my admiration for Cholo. Step by step he has formed a team to opt for everything, having a less budget. but now thanks to doing things well, for years, he has a competitive team. here I do share the Atlético de Madrid lineup with Maldini.
I also think that the system and the training is adequate. An exciting Santander League is presented, but the league must work to solve the issues of the V.A.R., especially by being more transparent in the images of the V.A.R. offered on television. We agree that the V.A.R has been up and running relatively recently. As in everything, a time of acclimatization is needed. It is a novelty and there may be errors, but you have to take advantage of this new tool to be much more transparent and if necessary, analyze the images much more and make them known. New technologies are never and never will be the problem, what we do with them, yes.
PS: I think I have too much free time.