Mascherano and Lucas the midfield meistros! in FF - Football Forum Posted 27 Jan 2010, 09:22:10 · Report reply When Masch was injured there for a few weeks it forced Rafa's hand and he had to change things. It turned out for the better as we started to look more balanced in the middle of the park. I'm not suggesting for a second that we drop Masch, but it should have shown Rafa that Lucas and Masch are not a pairing you can play attacking footie with. Any combo of Lucas/Aquilani. Lucas/Gerrard. Masch/Aquilani. Masch/Gerrard in midfield would give us better balance. But Masch/Lucas just does not work at all and never will. Rafa's a stubborn stubborn git who'll not change this though, so we are stuck with this until one of them gets injured or leaves.