Lionel MESSI to start against Bolivia

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Reports from journalists close to the National Team are stating that Lionel MESSI will start against Bolivia on Tuesday.

MARTINO is likely to go with a line-up which consists of a mixture between starters and substitutes. Augusto FERNANDEZ, Nicolas GAITAN, Marcos ROJO and Javier MASCHERANO are all on yellow cards and are one card away from missing Argentina’s next match.

There were some suggestions that Sergio AGUERO could start ahead of Gonzalo HIGUAIN.


  1. Julker9

    Off topic: Brazil sack coach Dunga.

  2. EnganChe

    I think Tata might use a formation he hasn’t used before, 4-3-1-2.


    Roncaglia Otamendi Cuesta Funes Mori

    Lamela Kranevitter Lavezzi


    Higuain Aguero

  3. Gonzalo

    I like very much our current tall defense: Mercado, Otamendi, Funes Mori, Rojo. It was problem before: Argentina had to short defense.

    1. Argentino Trucho

      I agree that is a positive. It’s amazing how many good defenders we have now. Just a few years ago we were always frightened because our defense was weak.

  4. Gonzalo

    So not only Dybala not having permission to play in Rio but Correa, Batalla too? Funes Mori probably the same.

  5. baker

    Possible Line up:

    Romero; Roncaglia, Otamendi, Cuesta, Funes Mori; Banega, Kranevitter, Lamela; Lavezzi,aguero, higuain

  6. Ghostdeini

    some fake tough guys in here, no one is fearing Mexico, it’s just that history has shown that after Mexico we always end up losing, I think it has something to do with style.
    what do I mean style?
    The Mexican are a team that runs and runs and has a lot of pace and we are kind of slow smooth team. when we clash the game gets faster, they attack us and we lose a lot of energy which we are not used to so the next game we are tired.

    people need to be reminded that we haven’t won a cup since 23 years, we must win now so we can get over this drought.
    If it means playing bad teams to win it, I take it.
    everybody wants to be the best by beating the best and playing beautiful football.
    to do so we are not capable because we have flaws that make us vulnerable, no matter if we meet Jamaica, Brasil, Germany or my kosovo I would not feel confident we would win the final because of our flaws and tendency to fuck things up as shown in our history.

    every tournament has it’s own rules, the champions league has shown that no team is capable to win 2 titles in a row up to now.

    1. Rajesh Ramachandran

      Well said about our games against Mexico. We play the game at their tempo and get tired. We do not have a CM, who can slow down the game to our benefit.

    2. dollon biswas

      you are a great writer…i like your oppinion..

  7. Sabellista

    Tonight is the last shooting practice match before the COPA starts for me. I’ve become accustomed to these high score 1st round victories much too often now. I for one don’t get excited by these hammerings of weak opponents anymore. I want to see how the team approaches the more complicated knock out matches. Where the true coaching is required. Taking from the last WCQs vs Chile and Bolivia, I knew that we could sweep the group. I didn’t watch the last 2 games for that reason. But from what I’ve heard so far is that the possession bullshit has been thrown out of the window or minimized. If that Tata has finally realized that he was supposed to study and build on the foundation Sabella left instead of scrapping it all, then I have to give this one to him. It was painful to watch shitty boring football. Directness and counterattacking are the most lethal weapons we have with these players. These tactics didn’t work at the WC in Brazil because we never had our attacking pack at their best of their ailities. That’s why Sabella had to adapt new tactics.
    But what I want to see is Argentina taking the game to the opponents directly and force mistakes consistently. And this is a match were we can experiment with 2 strikers.

    Secondly, this would be a good match to

  8. Richard

    Martino will start without Messi and once again introduce him in the second half to ignite a spark. I wonder what Pekerman was thinking during the Panama match. “If I had introduced Messi instead of Julio Cruz against Germany in 2006 we would have been in the semi-final…”

    1. Sabellista

      The most painful thing was that MESSI and AIMAR were ignored in that game. The fresh pair could have had a tired German defense at their mercy.

    2. Archangel Gabriel

      In 2006, Messi was not half the man he is now, he kept dribbling and did not know how to slow down.
      After the Olympic 2008, he had started to know how to control the tempo of his game and he won the treble with Barcelona in that year eventually.

      1. Sabellista

        2006 he was a part of Rijkaard’s Barca attack. Like you said he dribbled more, that would have cause more problems for tired German legs. And that’s my point. If you had seen how he played with Aimar in one of the friendlies. You’d wonder what might have been

        1. Debasish Duttaroy

          I agree with Sabellista. Decision making always grows with experience. But Messi was not an unproven talent in 2006. He would have possibly rip through the defense. And remember he was always a great goal scorer. His skills and decision making to put the ball in the net was always amazing. His overall game has improved over time.

  9. guled

    Venezuela won’t be easy as some are predicting. They are doing good hopefully the boys will be careful with them.
    In unrelated news former fifa president gave interview to argentine paper(la nacion) and said that cl draws are fixed he said he himself was there in one occasion where the fix happened.real madrid draws especially last season came to my mind.corruption in football is much deeper then people think.

    1. Julker9

      Hot & Cold balls? Nice idea though….!

      Blatter also said, Messi was blabbering when went to collect his award that “Best, but not champion” after losing the world cup. Is it true?

      1. guled

        Messi wasn’t happy we already know that.

  10. Cleanball

    Lets not use the reserve term, it is more on rotation of player as Albiceleste have a bundle of talents players on the beach. Kranevitter, Roncaglia, Biglia, Maidana, Cuesta and Aquero need a more playing time. It will be great if Higuain can be subs in second half and make a goal to boost his confidence as a lethal striker. The first half of the match likewise Panama will be more physical; we need a fresh and fit players with free yellow cards from previous game. With Messi we can be the champion. Only Tata need to be more focus and not doing any unnecessary things

  11. Argentino Trucho

    I was just worried about facing Mexico because of my Mexican relatives. They always get upset when Argentina knocks Mexico out of the WC. I’m glad we are avoiding them. I hope we don’t have to face the US either.

    1. NoHateOnlyLove

      It’s funny listening to you guys. Let’s hope we don’t have to face Germany or Spain either.

      1. Argentino Trucho

        I might have a serious problem if Argentina beat the US. My wife will be really upset at me for favoring Argentina over my home country. But I started following futbol because of living Argentina, they are my team forever and always. She just doesn’t feel that way about it.

        1. Csabalala

          I have a strong feeling that Ecuador’ll beat the US.

  12. Dfox1942

    Listen, if ARGENTINA to be CHAMPS then they’ll take on whomever and wipe the floor with ’em, plain and simple and it doesn’t matter who it is.

  13. Dfox1942

    No need to worry now

    1. dollon biswas

      argentina vs venuzualia confram…

  14. baker

    My problem with mexico is they are kind of unlucky for us in knock outs , yes we will win against them but the next match we will be our too.
    2010 wc, 2006wc and 2005 conf.

    1. Jason

      Yeah. They suck for us everytime!

    2. Julker9

      Hmmmm….than i think, we should face Mexico in final. Because we’ll lose the next match after facing Mexico! 😉

  15. baker

    Both Venuzela and mexico playing good , will be a tough match ahead of us

  16. NoHateOnlyLove

    If Mexico finish second they will travel to the East coast to play against Argentina in Boston. If Mexico finish first they stay on the West coast (Texas/California),this is where majority of their fan base are.

    1. Jason

      That’s positive. Travel looking troubles for Mexico.

    2. Jason

      Mexico will alot easier than Venezuela. But they will Counter attack us like hell! Tata need to come up with some special game plan for preventing Mexican counter attack. Like Dfox said to be CHAMP we need to wipe em all

  17. vimaldass

    Ohh no…I hope they fight for their lives to avoid us!

  18. NoHateOnlyLove

    You guys are funny, this Mexican team is average at best. Why should we avoid Mexico? Right now Venezuela is playing like a formidable team, it’s best to avoid an inform Venezuela. Argentina has nothing to fear about this Mexican team. Why not just try and avoid every team at the competition and just have the organizer hand the cup to us?

    1. vimaldass

      Exactly not trying to vaunt about the strength of our team here bt we shouldn’t fear anyone hereafter considering the players that we have in disposal..vamos argentina!

    2. Jason

      Kid,i think it was you who laughed at my comment few days back i was suggesting Venezuela looking tough for us! Again don’t write off any team since we weren’t that great in my opinion son far? Yes we have potential and ability but our management and players still blind about it.

      1. Jason

        So far*
        (beg pardon!)

  19. Caperjack

    I wish we avoid mexico too

  20. Ghostdeini

    Mexico is losing so we could meet them next!
    I don’t want to play against them. My concern lies with this:
    – Germany has beaten us 90, 06, 10, 14 –> 4 times straight.
    – we lost the finals 90, 04, 07, 14, 15.
    – and it seems every time we play Mexico we beat them: 06, 07, 10 and then lose the next match.
    I want to overcome these jinxes so badly.

    1. Julker9

      Add 2005 Confederation Cup final too. So, we already lose in 6 straight finals! Wish atleast half of them we won. 🙁

      Btw, facing Mexico in final will be interesting. Though don’t want a shocking result like last year’s final.

  21. Gonzalo

    Why our players can’t shot from a distance? They always want to move in the goal with a ball. I see player like Lanzini as answer.
    Too little movement. I see Lanzini as answer too. With his positive, joyfull running football without hang up and deffensive agression ideal player for our midfield.

    1. miskan

      Sure they can…but strategy policy dont allow it…in this case manager policy..banega at sevilla siesta do it..biglia and lamela..we saw it at cun

      1. tigrawaydegafi

        Add Pastore to the list of players who can shot too. Banega is also a decent free kicks taker on top of his long shot skill. If the players stay healthy Tata seems is on the way to find out the right strategy. Flexblity, reducing the number of defensive mids in order to let messi shine are some of the noviations Tata come with in this tournament so far.

    2. miskan

      I mean at club..sorry this type confuse me

  22. pallab

    Possible line upup…??

    Yellow carded players must be rested

  23. Dfox1942

    Lets stay healthy, that’s what all wish for while continuing to win OF COURSE

    1. Julker9

      Dfox, will you please change your profile pic already? This pic force me to ignore your comments. Just change it, man..!

      1. Dfox1942

        What! you don’t like Baby Ronaldita?? LOL

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