Why Too Many Midfield Choices Hurt Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Real Madrid

Some of Europe’s top teams have one thing in common — a lot of talented midfield players who will not get the playing time they deserve. Bayern Munich, for example, have 13 midfielders to choose from in their first team squad yet they only have two forwards. Even if they play a 4-2-3-1 system, it’s still a lot of players to keep satisfied.

The two defensive players that will sit in front of the back four are most likely going to be Javi Martinez and Bastien Schweinsteiger; Both are excellent in this position and can dominate the opposition before the defense has to deal with it. In the attack, the three behind the forward will most likely be Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mario Gotze. This leaves Thiago Alcantara, Thomas Muller, Xherdan Shaqiri, Mitchell Weiser, Luiz Gustavo, Pierre Hojbjerg, Emre Can and Toni Kroos unable to play and sitting on the bench. The manager knows best and will rotate the team when his first 11 are fit. Some of the midfielders can play in multiple positions and this will come in handy when the fixtures mount up. Asking a top International player to not play in his favored and most productive position, however, can be detrimental. The wages of some of these players will be questioned by the board as they will want to know why the player who is earning half a million a week is sat on the bench. Having talented players throughout the team is a tried and tested approach but it has also seen many teams suffer because of it. Talented players need games otherwise they tend to strop and moan so the performances go down and so too does the harmony at the club.

Manchester City may get you the best value on Betfair.com to win the Premier League title in 2013/14, but they’re also another example of having too many similar players. Jesus Navas, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Stevan Jovetic, Luca Scapuzzi and Samir Nasri are all the same player in the role behind the forward while Yaya Toure, James Milner, Fernandinho, Gareth Barry, Javi Garcia and  Jack Rodwell are the same player in the two defensive roles in a 4-2-3-1 system. All these players are the same in each position. Some of the players can play in multiple positions. But again, asking the player to come out of his comfort zone is a huge risk. City will need to be like (dare I say it) Manchester United as United keep a level of consistency within their squad and buy players that will suit the marquee signings. Manchester City could be a dominant force in Europe if they bought only one marquee signing a season. This would give the other squad members more of the spotlight and the marquee signing would have the chance to shine.

Real Madrid also has the same old problem of having so many players but leaving the younger generation to rot. Pedro Leon, Esteban Granero and Sergio Canales found life at Real difficult and found they couldn’t break into the first team. Isco, Casemiro and Asier Illarramendi are the next crop that will try to force their way into the team even though they came with a huge transfer fee. Real Madrid can call upon Sami Khedira, Kaka, Mesut Ozil, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo who are already at the club. Isco, Casemiro and Illarramendi will be seen as long term replacements for Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira and Kaka but Canales, Leon and Granero had been seen as long term Real Madrid players when they arrived at the club.

Having a big squad and especially midfielders is something teams need to be aware of as when those players leave they find clubs as big as Real Madrid, Manchester City and Bayern Munich. They often shine elsewhere because they have something to prove.

17 thoughts on “Why Too Many Midfield Choices Hurt Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Real Madrid”

  1. In at least two cases…City and Real…it is, in my opinion, a case of more money than brains. Both teams seem to buy players irrespective of the team needs. Rather they buy names. Names which cost a lot of money, both in transfer fees and salaries. United seems to be backing off the high dollar stars, RVP notwithstanding.

    1. rkujay, in your case and in my opinion, it’s case of little intelligence and a lot of ignorance and bitter jealousy towards certain clubs.

      1. Gee thanks. If I wanted to personally attack someone, I could post on fox or espn.

        I have been a Red Devils fan since 1959. I believe I am entitled to my opinion.

        1. Then you’re opinion should include that the club u have supported since 1959 have always been me of the, no the biggest spenders of that time. Funny it doesn’t Eh? Team needs? Anderson a snipe at £22m to sit on the bench? Butner had nearly half the playing time of Sinclair, yeah you’re right xD

  2. Im a utdfan and i wish we even had a midfield half as good as citys. Certainly it is better to have toure fernandinho milner barry garcia and rodwell than Carrick cleverley anderson giggs and some times Jones?? I would rather have more than less. I think you have been watching that AT&T commercial a little to much.

  3. Rag bias, silly points made and a desperation to underpin that Nited are comfortable squad wise, all very factually incorrect.

  4. This, to me, is the biggest problem with European football. So much talent is consolidated on like 6 teams. I wish so of these teams benches were able to start elsewhere so we’d maybe see a surprise or two every year in the UCL. Instead it’s same ol’ same ol’.

  5. I wasn’t aware that Bayern Munich had issues. Didn’t they run away with the league and then win the Champions League?

  6. Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Rodwell, Barry and Garcia are the same player? Hardly.

    They all play the same position. They all bring different things to the table in that position. And Milner also can play as a right-sided attacker, and is more often used there.

    And the list of attacking mids is even more ridiculous. Jovetic and Aguero are strikers who CAN play as an AM. Navas is a right winger, as is Milner and the only real position clash here. Nasri and Silva are playmaking midfielders, although Nasri is just as useful as a left sided attacker.

    The reason big clubs have big squads is so that they can adjust their approach by adjusting their lineup.

  7. What a moron you really are Adam Bond

    Jesus Navas, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Stevan Jovetic, Luca Scapuzzi and Samir Nasri

    Luca Scapuzzi is not at City anymore, Navas, Silva and Nasri are midfielders where as Aguero and Jovetic are strikers.

    Yaya Toure, James Milner, Fernandinho, Gareth Barry, Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell

    James Milner is a bloody Winger like Jesus Navas who you compared to bloody strikers.

    WAKE UP!

    1. Exactly what i said after reading that. Stupid post from a writer who clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
      Scapuzzi hasn’t played at city in about a year AND was a striker.

      1. Gotta agree, Navas doesn’t play behind the forwards ever! He’s an out and out chalk on boots winger! Aguero plays as a second striker and likes to go wide, similar to Jovetic who can play deeper. Silva, Nasri simply do not play second strikers for one Silva genrally has a free role and two both are attacking midfielders! As for Scupuzzi all I can say is, what?

        Milner plays right wing for England and City, Yaya is a box to box as is Fernadinho. Barry is a standard midfielder, Rodwell similar but is good enough to become any with time. Garcia is supposed to be the new breed of shadowing midfielders what ever that is apparently avoiding tackles?? Just looks Average to me. Basically they are all completely different two for each position is what City are aiming for. God know what this guys on about? There is no defending this it’s clueless, sorry.

        Here’s a list of Utd players why not do the same? Young, Giggs, Macheda, Kagawa, Wellbeck and Rooney all play in the same position????? As do Carrick, Fletcher, Anderson,Powell, Nani and Valencia???? Right load of codswallop eh? But that’s all ya mans done here!

  8. Ha! Clearly you lot are…well….stupid. The formation these teams play are 4231 so it is exactly the point of having to keep all those players happy. The attacking midfielders would have to play behind the forward as, thats right, they only play with one forward. So the lad is right. Also in the midfield 2 it has to be the same player as the formation doesn’t allow much change and you leave yourself open to counter attcks, so, thats right, the lad is right. READ PIECES PROPERLY PEOPLE!!!!!!!

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