Yeah, two years ago when Ribery was one of the 3 best players in the world, Alaba was a huge reason for that. I think he was the best left back in the world that year. Last year I was a little disappointed but he was still very good. I think you have to keep him out wide. If he plays the 3-5-2, you need Javi in the middle of the 3. With Boateng, Badstuber and Dante rotating the other two spots.
Your midfield triangle should be Schweiny, Thiago and Götze/Müller with Alaba and Lahm on the flanks.
Then you give Lewandowski, Robben, Ribery, Muller freedom to roam up top.
This is disappointing
Agreed. Lahm is a good midfielder but the best right back I've ever seen. Pep likes him at midfield because he's a soccer genius and never has a loose touch.
I really despise the way Pep has used him.
Yeah beginning of the year, he tried to shoehorn him into a regular CB spot. Then he fought injuries for a while. The Pokal final when he was in the libero spot, he was amazing. Dude is a freaking bull out there, he's just as athletic as any center forward and he's smart with the ball in possession. Even Beckenbauer's crazy arse had to be impressed. Hopefully Pep sticks with that.