Just like Ozil move to Arsenal last year,
Di maria departure made a lot of noise.
Many though selling such a crucial player
will be divestating and the team will have
anything but success. Many others,
however, actually believe that fans will at
a point forget the Argentine just like they
forgot his former teammate after
another successful season.
By taking a look at successful teams in the very recent history,
one can see that 3 roles are always there :
1 – The Mastermind :
The player who control the game, lead the attacks and
provide creative solution mostly through passing.
2- The Workhorse:
The player who is never tired of running and moving whether
to help his teammates, open spaces or making pressure.
3- The Lethal Finisher :
The player who scores all the time whether from
a super easy chance or half a chance.
Two players sometimes “share” one of these three.
Sometimes one can play two of the 3 roles which
makes him extremely important. Like :
Aaron Ramsey in ARS (The Finisher + The workhorse )
Then What ?
What does all that indicate about the two
former Real Madrid players ?
1- Ozil :
Obviously, Ozil was playing “The Mastermind” role during
his time with the Spanish team (At least in the front area).
Which means his departure would be so harmful for the
team. However, the fitting alternatives were there. Angel
Di Maria himself showed more-than-promising signs since
the era of Mou as 2011-2012 season stats show.
More importantly, Real had the man who ,to me, was
the second most important player to them last season :
Except for making assists, Modric was a great “successor”
in every aspect of the game. He actually surpassed his
former teammate in the physical side at the very least.
Therefore, Real didn’t lose that much when the German
Left. I can say that selling him and depending on the two
players mentioned above wasn’t even a risk.
2- Di Maria :
On the other hand, Di maria played the “Workhorse” role.
He was everywhere all the time. He contributed to the defense
in a way most of offensive midfielders don’t even think of.
Also, he was always there to propel the attack and open
spaces regardless what match time reads. The best
example is the dribble neither him nor the fans will forget.
The one he pulled against ATM in UCL final which eventually
led to the winning goal. A player with Ozil physique and
stamina would never do that no matter how skillful he is.
That’s probably the reason behind Mou choosing him as
a constant starter despite his minimal game-awareness .
Is there an obvious successor to the new “red devil” ?
but seemingly, Carlo saw that coming sooner
or later , so he made some move to fix
what he can fix.
1- Buying Toni Kroos :
I don’t think the reason behind this move was Kroos’
age or even his amazing performanceat the last
World Cup. These were just some “extra catalysts”.
I believe the main reason is Kroos’ high mobility
compared to Alonso which will limit the damage of
Angel Di Maria’s departure as much as possible in
the areas of : occupying spaces, the flow and pace
of play. Kroos also has the weapon of long shots
which RMD lacks (Except for Ronaldo who will be at
the flank or inside the box when facing a dense
defense ) and which will help the team when missing
the open spaces Angel used to open for them.
2- More possession :
Seeing the first matches of this season (including
pre-season matches), it seems that Ancelotti is
willing to have a new playing was that focuses
more on possession and short passes and is
similar to Tiki-Taka in some aspects. Of course a
team which have the ball between its players’ feet
most of the time will have less running, less fatigue
and less dependence on a player like Di maria.
We can now say that selling Di maria was much
more of a risk than sell Ozil for two main reasons :
There were two clear successors for the German, while RMD
seem to do some “tinkering” to cover the Argentine absence.
The players the team depended on after Ozil were already in
the team unlike James Rodriguz and Toni Kroos.
Do you think RMD will be successful again despite Di Maria leaving ?
Which was the worse sale in your opinion ?
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