2. The Barcelona 4:3:3.
This is a formation that has not been tried at the current Nt. Here's how it would look:
The back four:
- Vanczak - Roli - Korcsmar - Kadar.
The DM/mid three. Here we have several options, which I will detail below.
- the better DM option, with Varga - Hajnal - Pinter (or alternately Varga - Pinter - Hajnal).
- the fall-back option, with Koman - Pinter - Hajnal, which is slower and less aggressive, and in which case Varga would be sent back to RB instead of Vanczak. Not preferred.
The attacking/mid three:
- Rudi - Szalai - Juji.
The great advantages of this formation for our current roster/NT, is that it would make use of
- our brilliant aggressive DM line
- our strikers' pair of Rudi + Szalai, to which we would add the aggressiveness of Juji (who is also naturally a striker)
Let's get back to that key DM/mid line. The preferred option is the "better DM" one, with
Varga - Hajnal - Pinter. The great advantage here is that it would definitely take care of one of our vulnerabilities, namely the defense on the flanks (wings). In this 4:3:3 formation, we would have three (3!) layers of defense on each flank (wing). On left, Juji - Pinter - Kadar; on right, Rudi - Varga - Vanczak. At the same time, however, we would use the fact that our DMs are extremely aggressive and attacking minded, without however having them get stuck in defense. Both Pinter on left, and Varga on right, are capable of taking the ball (on passes) up to the opponent's penalty area, allowing huge mobility for the attacking three (Juji, Rudi, Szalai), who can run in, zig-zag etc (and both Rudi and Juji are prone to move freely). Hajnal in the middle would certainly be able to carry the ball forward.
The vulnerability of this system (or DM/mid line), however, is in Hajnal, as he would be asked to do a lot in the center, to cover a vital area as DM/mid. He is more than willing to do that, but his physical abilities might not be. He could be subbed at half with Koman. Even better, there is the alternative line of Varga - Pinter - Hajnal, with Pinter at center; because Pinter is more of a natural there, and this reduces the area Hajnal has to cover back and forth (he only has to run up and down on the left, being backed by Kadar behind and Juji in front of him).
The other question mark is that this requires a lot of flexibility and technically advanced thinking from our players, Barca has the players who can think like this - were also trained so, and have the technical ability to solve harder situations with quick passing. I am not saying that our guys would not be able, but would take a bit to accustom themselves to this. Also, it requires very aggressive defending from ALL the players, from every line, right where they are. The key in Barcelona is that the attacking three (mid) are truly the first line of defense, up there, at the opponent's 30-40 m line; Juji and Rudi would have to very consciously do that, so that Hajnal or Pinter in the middle would not remain uncovered.
But I do like this system, exactly because it demands mobility and flexibility (of the mind, of the legs, and of the team) and technical sophistication, but also offers a lot of aggressiveness, while not neglecting the defense.
We are also very lucky to have aggressive-minded defenders, who could push up the defense line as needed, both defending and attacking. Do you guys realize that almost all defenders, from Vanczak, to Roli, to Korcsmar, have scored, and not just once, in their respective teams (and Kadar gave the crucial assist in the Turkey game, from their penalty area)? Vanczak was even top scorer in his team. This mobility of the defensive line would allow for the Varga - Hajnal - Pinter DM/mid trio to push up their own line and play as true midfielders, when attacking; and again all three of them are more than capable of playing that role, of midfielders. And that, at its turn, would allow the Rudi - Szalai - Juji trio to be very flexible and mobile (and dangerous) up front.
Again, this would necessitate some work, but would be worth trying, as it is mobile and dangerous. And Gera would be perfect (!!!) for the role of central DM/mid assigned above to Hajnal; his work rate and thinking would allow him to cover that mid area, no problem.
Here it is, with names:
- at center DM, instead of Hajnal: Pinter / Koman (later Gera)
- on left DM, instead of Pinter: Hajnal / Koltai
- on right DM, instead of Varga: Gyurcso/Koman (with Varga pushed back as DM)
- attacking right, instead of Rudi: Koman / Gyurcso
So, there are some alternatives, but the standard line above, with Hajnal / Pinter in mid DM, would be the standard, because of using our great DMs (and I did not forget Elek, who could play whichever role).
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