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Discussion in 'Bluemoon forum' started by AdamManCity, 15 Oct 2017.
Modric & Kroos?
I meant similar in how all our play runs through the two of them, like how Xavi and Iniesta were central in the build up play of Barca?
I think you're wrong on Silva, well actually not wrong per se. The silva you mention that was displaced by Xavi and Iniesta in the NT isn't the Silva we see now in the city team. With age he's obviously lost that yard of pace and Pep has remodelled him into a central midfielder. I think he's very similar to Iniesta now if I'm honest. For me Xavi was the one always deeper than Iniesta and the main outlet of distribution. Of course that's a simplistic statement - Barca had so many great players who could pass - but what excites me about this City team is just how fluid we are. There's times when KDB is the deeper player and then others when Silva drops back and KDB pushes forward. This interchanging of positions isn't something I saw as often with Xavi and Iniesta, would you agree?
The thing is, Xavi & Iniesta were playing in unison with a synchronicity I've never seen from a pair of midfielders before - it was telepathic, they always knew where the other was. I certainly don't see that with KDB & Silva but it's true that similarly play is channeled through the pair as I mentioned earlier. With Fernandinho cleaning up behind them and the wingers hugging the line they can break towards the box and release the forward or deliver pinpoint balls to the wingers or overlapping FBs. The principle is really textbook Pep/Cruyff/Michels
David Silva is a treat to watch, I have always admired his game and he remains a special player with few peers
The positioning of Xavi & Iniesta has evolved over the years. Xavi used to play from a deeper position and Iniesta played ahead of him similar to what we see with KDB & Silva but that was also because Ronnie & Deco were playing higher up occupying that space. Under Pep, they stayed high and always in unison which you never see in any team anymore
KDB is super versatile and I like how Pep is using him, Barcelona didn't really have a player like him. Maybe Thiago briefly but we never really saw it fully realized at Barcelona
Yeah I agree with that. I think that's why they were such a deadly partnership, they were so in union. Such a joy to watch!
These are fine. Pirlo is superb, Modric has his moments, but for match in and match out, minute by minute consistency at the highest level for the seasons they performed together they were matchless. Just hope that KdB and El Mago can perform in a similar way over the next two or three seasons. It'll be delightful to watch.
I certainly think Modric has been the best midfielder in the world in the last three years
Hey @FCBarca what do you think the major differences are in how this City side is set up compared to Pep's Barcelona? Obviously the foundations are the same but I just believe that ultimately there's enough differences to say that each side has a separate identity. It's blatantly obvious where his Barca side were superior to this City one but I feel there are things this City team can do that his Barca or Bayern sides couldn't (as is the case with any good side). I can't put my finger on what it exactly is myself but for one I feel like this City side is quite a bit weaker in retaining possession than his previous teams but maybe a little better at playing directly and at high speed. I imagine myself it comes down to a combination of personnel available, using De Bruyne as the main man and adapting to the PL but seeing as you know a lot about Pep's style you might know better than that/me.
Xavi and Iniesta were like symbiotic beings.
Perhaps controversial and unpopular to say it, but I think Dave has been well below his best for ages.
Yes, his ability to retain possession in tight places is unparalleled. Yes his ability to find space is impressive and he looks effortless on the ball as always.
But for me, his decision making has gone downhill. I don't think he's creating many chances with fabulous through balls like he used to. And his lack of composure in front of goal is as poor as it's ever been. Last night's game illustrates what I mean, with him cocking up some great chances. I wish he'd grow his hair back, since I think this decline has happened since his haircut!
So right now, I think he's well off Xavi - Iniesta level. Hopefully he'll get back to his best.
David - 33 goals in 116 for Spain. The genius that is Iniesta has 12 goals in 121 for Spain.
David has created more chances in the Prem than any player anywhere for the last six years. He's very much on the Xavi and Iniesta level, but he chose City for his career challenge.