This,as the headline states,is a question being sent out to the cosmos(in this case the more knowledgeable members of barcablaugranes:P:)).
Is this team,in fact,tactically rigid?To most football fans,Fc Barcelona is a statement.One which screams beautiful,free-flowing,football.The version 2.0 of cryuff's total football if you will.This is true,in many ways,for instance we can see for ourselves ,the fluid movements of the front three and midfield.Allow me to state a few examples
- Messi(who started as a right winger) has been played as a withdrawn striker,now famously classified as a false 9.A position that he has made his and his alone.However,i see how messi moves into a midfield position when the opposition "parks the bus" and has a free role which includes receiving the ball,making space or if possible scoring or making the killer pass.
- Xavi and Iniesta frequently exchange spots and this also includes Sergio Busquets depending on circumstances
- Dani Alves is actually a winger.Everybody knows this.
Above are just some of the possible permutations and combinations.Now what i want to know is,can a position be substituted with a player with a different profile?
Let me expand on that...our wide forwards are infact players of immense dribbling skills that have the tendency to move inwards.It isnt often that we have a wide forward who is stereotypical in that he moves down the wing and crosses the ball into the box(would our system break down if we were to play a forward like that?think stewart downing or someone similar?)
Even more important,coming to the crux of it all.One of our players,highly underrated but arguably the most important part of our team and the system that is tiki-taka.The fulcrum if you will,Sergio Busquets.It has been tossed around in various football sites and communities,What if Pep were to play Cesc Fabregas(if he arrives) in
Busquets position.My first reaction to the idea was "No Friggin way".I understand that with dani alves and eric abidal(occasionally) moving forward,Busquets has the hugely important (and integral) role of moving back to form, what is essentially a 3 man defence,but it struck me that there may be situations where we might not need this.Case in point last seasons(09/10) game against Inter Milan.To the uninitiated,we needed two goals to get through to the next stage of the champions league.After the game keita made an interesting statement that hit the nail on its head "at one point,even their striker was ahead of me" or something along those lines.Basically,stating that the game had reached a point wherein they(Inter and por que mourinho) had no intention to score.Would it have been in our best interests if we had a player like Cesc(who undoubtedly has the passing range) to be playing in Busquets position,which would have given us a third path to our forwards?Cesc capable of playing short and long passes as a fulcrum and xavi,iniesta doing what the do best?Or is that not possible?is the current best team in the world,in fact,tactically rigid???
What do you guys think...ive been trying to think about the possibillity that Pep guardiola actually meant to play cesc like stated above and thats why he said"he(cesc) would give us more options tactically"....especially in this all important season where all teams(world over) plans to park the bus against us....especially real madrid....please feel free to comment below....also keep in mind...we could be the first team to win a sextuple twice,let alone in a span of 4 years.....a bold and risky move...like buying cesc might just be the edge that we need to win everything again.