I don't know why people are comparing Alonso n Masch to Lucas, they are all v different players. The only similarity between them is that they were all at the club at the same time and are central mids.
Alonso was a pass master visionary. Masch was a defensive destroyer. Lucas is a tactical master at reading the game, intercepting and marking too.
All have different qualities.
But we couldn't have used Lucas and Masch for a long period together in cm. Lucas and Alonso would've worked as did Masch and Alonso but as Lucas and Masch didn't have that vision that Alonso had, and our attack was blunted. That is why Rafa suffered in his last season with us, as his midfielder who could and did bridge the gap between defence and attack i.e Alonso, left.
Hence the mistrust SG showed in that season (and seasons post-Alonso), by coming back for the ball too much and leaving Torres isolated.
Lucas is well becoming a huge player. He is after SG our best midfielder, but he excells in areas that Gerrard has got a few weaknesses, tackling, intercepting and disciplinary positioning. Lucas is better than Barry, De Jong, Song, Tiote, Mikel all of whom are defensive mids in our league. To say that he isn't the best def mid in the league would be a huge disservice as he clearly is. A few years ago Yahya Toure would've been better but his role has become more box to box so I discounted him.
Although Lucas wouldn't get in Real Madrid's side it is because he isn't a 'big name' not because of his ability or lack thereof. If Busquets wasnt at Barca, Lucas would be a better fit for them than Masch as he gets play going better and has a wider passing range, and of course better technique.
Lucas is a brilliant player hence his inclusion in a v good brazil team. Can't wait to see him back in action!!!!!!!!