Jazz 16 said:
As many above have mentioned we dont really know who the best 11 are. We have games of varying difficulty coming up and others which will require different tactics or personnel. Injuries could also play their part.
Good point noted there Jazzo.
Plenty of managers will tell you that it is no longer possible to pin up the same team sheet on the dressing-room door week after week. The stresses and strains imposed by the greater physical intensity of the modern game, combined with the number of fixtures faced by the most successful clubs, make the tactical and man-management aspects of player-rotation an intrinsic part of the repertoire of managerial skills.
Even now, when managers need top-quality cover for every position, there is nothing better than a goalkeeper and a back four who play their way through an entire season - or even for what seemed like season after season, as Peter Schmeichel, Paul Parker, Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister and Denis Irwin used to do for United - behind a midfield and an attack that are enjoying the benefits of a similar consistency.
Different players are used to contain/exploit opposition strength/weakness. (e.g Hargreaves on the right against Barca to pressure & shackle Krkic or Henry.)Playing at home or away may result in a different formations being used and thus changes to the team week in week out. Playing in Europe requires an entirely different style of football. So changes will be required to for the team to play a more European style.
Football changes, and approaches to management change with it. But some truths remain eternal, and this is one of them: the best teams do, indeed, write themselves.