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21 Jan 2020 10:42:57
Just a question ED’s and Reds who do you think is the best DM in the world and do you think a Great DM is paramount to a world class team!

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21 Jan 2020 16:35:11
I think every great team needs a midfield general, whether specifically a DM or just someone to ensure a defensive backbone. Think Souness, Viera, Roy Keane, Kante and more recently Fernandinho. Luckily we have two in the form of Fabinho and Henderson!

22 Jan 2020 04:19:18
Certainly in the premier league it's crucial. Every great team had a player bossing that role. Even after Keane and viera, Chelsea had success with makelele there, city didn't start to dominate until fernandinho was bought into that role. Kante was crucial to Leicester and Chelsea title wins. Just look at the teams struggling, spurs arsenal and United don't have that quality of player while Fabinho for us and ndidi for Leicester are big reasons we are having great joy. You see city aren't as strong without fernandinho in his strongest role.

The likes of bayern, psg or juve have not needed that player to dominate their less competitive leagues and I think that is a big reason we've seen them struggle in Europe as their midfield imbalance will be found out by the better sides. The likes of verrati, pjanic and thiago often fulfil their respective teams role as the deepest sitting midfielder but I would consider each of them as more luxury players who would need cover behind them to play best to their ability.

Look at how crucial even an unsung player like Lucas leiva has been in helping Lazio play currently on unbelievable form. Madrid using casemeiro or khedira to win CL titles while Barcelona always needed busquets in their period of success.
In the period since we lost mascherano and Alonso up until fabinhos arrival we spent nearly every season vulnerable in defending goals as Gerrard, Henderson, emre can weren't dominant enough to play that role similar to how winks for spurs, Fred or matic for United and every arsenal CM that has featured in their decade of struggle.



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