Date: 24th January 2013 at 4:40pm
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Yesterday we talked and debated about our alternative formation, and I am delightful with some delightful responses from some intelligent VC members.

We agreed that it might work with the right personnel and can be changed slightly to 4-4-1-1, also in the first article yesterday I chose the players from what we have presently in our squad, leaving out our injured players and the AFCON duo representing their countries making the formation a tad lightweight.

Today I’ll talk about the 4-3-3 formation which I believe will suit us as an alternative to the pivot dependent 4-2-3-1, we have quality and creative CAMs/wingers and exciting players who can beat other team’s defenders without breaking much sweat which will be the key. I’ll say it as I see it and you are welcomed to correct or add your own contributions.

4-3-3 of:-

Cech – Cole, Terry, Luiz, Azpilicueta – Mikel, Oscar, Ramires – Hazard, Ba, Moses>

This will be our strongest line-up balanced with both attacking and defensive flair, one thing standing out in this formation is the use of Oscar, instead of the more creative Mata, but if that is the case (using Mata in place of Oscar just for his creativity) then Rammy along with Mikel will have more tackling and mopping up to do if and when Mata loses the ball or is dispossessed off the ball.

But if we want a team that can handle a tough and also creative side then we’ll have to go with Oscar as he is a more rounded player than Mata, only losing out to Mata in the creative department in which Mata has a bag full of innovations.

With this kind of formation we can destroy most teams on one condition, if our defensive midfielder and central midfielders are hardworking enough at reading the game and transiting fast enough on the counter.

Rammy would have a field day in this formation as we have seen with the selecao because of his freedom in the middle, but as we all know his passing ability is not crisp enough it might be a weakness if it is not improved or worked on, but my believe is that it can be improved and that is why there is a couple of training sessions to improve the players fitness and technical abilities at Cobham.

I for one think our best formation to excel is a 4-3-3 for the first half and if we are doing well we can change or revert back into the more defensive formation in the second half with a change of a few players.

Another point you’ll note before I stop writing is that Barca have favoured this formation for all their trophy winning seasons, we can argue that we don’t have a certain Iniesta, Xavi and Messi, we can also argue that the Spanish League is less physical than the Premier League, but with this formation too, Barca dispatch most teams in Europe with this formation and our players are not that bad in their technical abilities not to make it work.

Besides it would be an alternative to the traditional 4-2-3-1 which we can change back to depending on tactics, I am still battling on Oscar and Mata in the 4-3-3 formation, who would suit that formation between the duo?

Would it work?

That is another question guys, what do you think?