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17 Dec 2018 23:37:14
What's everyone's opinions on the massive decline in defending nowadays? I look at the top defenders in the world just now and can remember some of the AC Milan teams and juventus teams amongst others having 3rd choice cb's at there level.

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18 Dec 2018 06:41:37
It's mental mate the lack of quality defenders these days. Years ago you couldn't count on two hands the amount of world class defenders whereas now I can't can count them on one hand.

18 Dec 2018 09:45:44
Too many snowflakes in the game now, they don't want to get hurt, nowadays they want the centre backs to be able to play out the ball with a nice pass,
Give me a central defender that will take man, ball the lot with him, like a Tony Adams or a vidic.

18 Dec 2018 11:33:34
I can remember players like costacurta struggling for game time and not mentioned in the same breath as the beat but would probably get in any team in the world right now.

18 Dec 2018 14:52:02
The game is always doing through fads and fashions and at the moment it's all about what you can do with a ball yourself rather than what you can prevent opponents doing with it.
Goalkeepers now need to be as comfortable with the ball at thier feet as they are coming out for crosses or in their positioning.
City and Pep find success that way so the whole world follows suit sonnet or later someone else will find a different way that surpasses Peps way then it will be all change and everyone copys then instead.
Far too many sheep and far to little diversity in the game at the moment in my opinion.

18 Dec 2018 17:33:27
In the 90's these guys were great at tackling and positioning and the game then was really physical. You'd think nowadays with it being close to a non contact sport they'd be desperate to excel in those attributes but it seems that they've massively declined.

{Ed001's Note - to me it feels like they spend a little too much time concentrating on what to do with the ball and not enough on how to get it back. Sport is about balance, right now it has gone too far towards attacking, in time it will tip back too far the other way.}

18 Dec 2018 18:23:11
I was just going to write similar Ed01, i also think managers used to spend more time on the defensive shape years ago and everyone had to learn to defend properly in defence. Now it all about possession and attacking. Even defenders carrying the ball out and right and left backs being the ones who cross the ball in the box. Defending is an art and the art is going out of the game.

{Ed001's Note - very much so. Players find shape work boring, so most of the modern breed of managers avoid it as much as possible.}



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