Where registi orchestrate; defensive midfielders allocate. Guardiola knows these benefits more than most because he was once one of them. When you are on the attack you need to keep the right distances, have the right timing, the right methods for losing a marker. That someone was Xabi Alonso. The nonchalant Italian began his career as a playmaker of another sort and, having signed for Internazionale following a breakthrough at Brescia, he was utilised behind the strikers. Enforcement remains a valued commodity when it comes to sitting in front of Serie A defences, but those who prefer having the ball to chasing it have found opportunity too, and Pirlo continues to lead the way in that struggle at the age of In the defensive phase it means that you will you will burn less energy, because metre runs don't wear you out like, metre runs.
At 33, Carrick recently signed a one-year contract extension with his club before starting for England in their friendly away to Italy in Turin.
The question: Position or possession?
Barcelona don't have soloists, we didn't have soloists, Ajax didn't have soloists. That's also why sides who eschew compromise and pursue their ideals to the maximum, such as Barcelona or Sacchi's Milan, are so memorable; it's very rare and very difficult. And during an attacking phase it will have lots of alternatives because everyone can move. Over the coming years they would win the Champions League using a mixture of and systems with Carrick very much involved. Football is very complicated.