Jose Mourinho has a history of coaching some of the best players in the world. Having been with Porto, Chelsea, and Inter Milan, the Real Madrid tactician certainly is not short on experience when it comes to making lineup decisions that are difficult to make.
But perhaps now Mourinho faces his biggest task as he now takes on a role of coaching a team that has so much talent, it might be difficult to keep everyone happy.
With this week’s acquisition of Mesut Oezil from Werder Bremen, Real Madrid’s depth chart has suddenly gone over the edge.
Prior to the deal, a typical full-strength Real Madrid lineup would have likely been played as a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-2-1.
The '1' in the formation is the center forward for which the Galacticos have two world class players in Argentine Gonzalo Higuain and Frenchman Karim Benzema to choose from.
The next line of either '3' in the previous formation or '2' in the Christmas Tree formation would certainly include Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, the two most expensive players in the world. Both are attacking midfielders. If you add in Argentine Angel Di Maria on the left side, that gives you three attacking midfielders to complete a formation of three.
This would then allow for two holding midfielders of which Mourinho has many to choose.
He has five to choose from here for two spots with newly acquired German Sami Khedira, Spanish international Xabi Alonso, Argentine Fernando Gago, Frenchman Lassana Diarra, and Malian Mahamadou Diarra.
If Real Madrid goes with this formation, it also has a long string of backups to the trio of Ronaldo, Kaka, and Di Maria. These would include Oezil, Dutchman Rafael Van der Vaart, as well as young Spanish stars Sergio Canales, Pedro Leon, and Esteban Granero.
The Galacticos’ defense, which will consist of four players, is also very strong.
It includes three world champions in Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Arbeloa, and Raul Albiol, as well as Portuguese star Pepe and Brazilian wing back Marcelo and newly acquired Portuguese veteran Ricardo Carvalho.
Goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been a mainstay with the club for more than a decade and provides the club with one of the best in the world.
One of the biggest keys to a winning side is not only developing a formula on the field, but also finding a way to keep players from complaining about a lack of playing time.
Jose Mourinho will have his hands full trying to accomplish this task. He is aware of it and is up to the challenge. Perhaps his cocky attitude will prevail in his quest to win the Champions League with a third side.
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