‘Yet, at the same time, it’s an oversimplification. To use the aforementioned four examples, Vidic, Terry, Baresi and Desailly – the more aggressive of their pairings – might be able to both take it and dish it out, but they are not merely lunatics. The Venn diagram of imposing centre-backs and violent madmen might have a significant overlap, but it’s not an exact correlation. Such players will always be wildcards, and it doesn’t take a tactical genius to work out that if you have a wildcard in your team, they’re best kept the hell away from your own goal. Which brings us to Real Madrid, and Pepe.’
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