Would a team of legendary players, now in their 40s, be able to stay up in the PL?Watch
Neville Cannavaro Thuram Carlos
Giggs Bergkamp Figo
Obvious issue is lack of pace but the would their sheer ability get them to 40 points? Thinking of a Rocky 6 style situation here
I think they'd have a chance
Pace is such a big thing in the PL. And, if you aren't going to play with pace, you've got to be direct and strong. They wouldn't have enough to survive.
No. Look at Cambiasso this season - clearly still a genius with the ball at his feet but he's clearly running on empty come 70 minutes, and he's still got a decade on some of those names. In terms of skill they'd still make it look easy, but there's no way they'd be able to cope with 90 minutes on such regularity. In a set of one off matches I'd reckon they'd do fine, but competing in the premiership requires good fitness, particularly to play 2 or 3 games in quick succession, and the golden oldies just wouldn't have it in them any more.
They MIGHT manage a flukey draw here or there. They wouldn't even avoid relegation from the Championship or League One.
Plus they'd concede double figures a few times at least!