Originally Posted by s0phr0syne
In the grand scheme of things, I'm a relative novice to all things soccer/futbol. Can someone explain the logic that Bosque seems to be using with his starting 11 line-up?
If he was just going for his best players, I understand the 4-6-0 formation where there are just rotating midfielders up top (Fabregas, Iniesta, or Silva).
But if he's going to start a true forward up top (Torres, Negredo, Llorente), what is the logic of not having any of the pure wingers in the game concurrently (Navas, Pedro Martinez)? And what's worse, when he has these two speed demons in the game late, tearing down the flanks and looking for targets in the box, there's not a single person waiting in the box? So when he has strikers, he has no one generating crosses (unless you count the full backs), and then when he puts the wingers in, there's no one waiting to capitalize....? What am I missing here...
Del Bosque prefers to play 4-5-1 but he realizes that he has no striker who is currently good enough to play alone on top, so rather than play with a player who is not among the 15 best on the roster he has chosen to play his best players. If David Villa was not injured you would see him play up front in every game.
The strategy he likes is short area passing where the forward is used to create space for the offensive mid fielders and vice versa. What he wants to do is control the ball in midfield, get his offensive midfielders in the space between the opposition midfield and defense and use them to create an opening in the defense for a runner or an attacker to go through and recieve the ball in stride.
Using crosses into the box is a very English way to play, some teams play with 1 or 2 central offensive midfielders behind a single forward and the game plan is to pass the ball either deep or with short quick passes to the forward with his back to the goal so he can drop the ball to an offensive mid fielder who will then have space to force the defense to move which will create a seam for the forward to turn and run.