Football News Posted by Roy Nemer Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Go To Comments Nicolas OTAMENDI rumored for World Cup Nicolas OTAMENDI is being heavily rumored for a place at the World Cup. Nicolas OTAMENDI is being rumored to be part of Argentina's team at the World Cup. He would be the seventh defender. Comments You must be logged in to add a comment. Click Here to log in. If you dont have an account and would like to join Mundo's community, Register Here baker (India) Posted on 2/17/2014 at 10:38 PM 0 my only worry about brazil defense is , if they go for 3-5-2 set up.-----silva---dante---luiz------alves--------------------marcelothis will give more freedom for both marcelo and alves , hope they wont go for this Angel Di Maria (United States) Posted on 2/17/2014 at 4:36 PM 0 If Marcelo attacks the way he does for Real, Brazil will get eaten a live on the field by Argentina..Messi and Di Maria will exploit Marcelo attacking runs..Just look at the friendly game in Jersey, once Messi passed Marcelo, no one was able to cover the two remaining CB hence Messi scoring a cracking goal.. argentuban (United States) Posted on 2/17/2014 at 3:08 PM 0 Pachorra, Argentina's defense has shown glaring flaws that teams that will be better prepared in the World Cup and be ready to exploit unless the gaps are closed. They were very fortunate in many instances to not allow more goals, and are particularly bad at handling crosses/long balls and set pieces. Sabella has time to work on that, and hopefully Romero in particular works on his commitment and leaping ability./hands to handle crosses better.We shouldn't worry about other teams and how good or bad they are defensively. They will be working to improve their defense and their team as a whole, and in many instances will be much better than they were in qualification. We should focus on what our weakest links are as a team and improve them to improve our chances of winning the Cup.As for Brazil, if David Luiz is in the team, I am not too worried about their defense. I am, however, worried about Marcelo in attack, and who will pick him up. In my opinion, handling him will be the key to beating Brazil should we face them in the final. Pachorra (Vatican City State) Posted on 2/14/2014 at 2:29 PM 3 Everybody says Argentina's defense sucks... Well, I had a few minutes and I decided to check the stats from their last 12 games and compare them with the other 9 biggest teams to compete in for the WC2014 Title... Brazil, Germany, Italy, France, England, Uruguay, Spain, Portugal and Netherlands... The results are rather surprising, at least to me... For instance, Argentina's defense allows an average of 0.92 goals per game... Germany 1.25, Spain 0.75, Brazil 0.33, Italy 1.67, France 1.00, Uruguay 1.08, England 0.92, Portugal 1.25, Netherlands 0.58... This means that, among the "10 Great", Argentina is 6th in goals received per game... Italy, according to this study, has the worst defense strategy, allowing 1.67 golas per game... On the other hand, Brazil can brag about having a "super defense", allowing only 0.33 goals per game as an average... dammage7 (United Kingdom) Posted on 2/14/2014 at 9:04 AM 0 el pato was good, he had some chocking form just before ther world cup but he came good. penalties are saved by crap takers, not so much to do with keepers baker (India) Posted on 2/14/2014 at 4:41 AM 0 hmm eventually whether romero is playing or not , we will be rooting for the same team . so lets hope our fab4 will be giving good practice to our GK el principe (United States) Posted on 2/14/2014 at 4:35 AM 0 Thr best performance of a Argentine goalie after the heroic show of Goyco in 1990 is El Pato Abbondanzieri in WC 2006. Had he not been injured, I dont know if Germany would have beaten us in PK shootout as El Pato did stop a Germany PK in a friendly before the tournament if I am not mistaken. We all as fans have no choice but support Romero as Sabella does not seem to want to remove him. dammage7 (United Kingdom) Posted on 2/14/2014 at 4:05 AM 0 otamendi will go. he is solid enough at the back. of course gonzalo is the bet DEF we have along with the WALL Deb (India) Posted on 2/14/2014 at 3:13 AM 0 @Emon: Great article. In Concerns field, it says"Marcos Rojo appears to be Sabella's choice at left-back, and Sergio Romero played the entire qualifying campaign in goal. Both leave something to be desired."So apparently the whole world knows Romero is not enough. travis (Japan) Posted on 2/14/2014 at 3:03 AM 0 The way I see it about the backline... Sabella will not use any new players who played in some of the friendly matches before, and he will take players that mostly had played in the qualifiers round.So the defenders it should be:Zaba, Fede, Garay, Roho, Campagnaro, Basanta, and someone who have played in the qualifiers round in 2013, someone from Estudiantes. Chances is thin for Otamendi, Orban, Roncaglia, Ansaldi, Gonzalo, so we can forget about these names. Emon (Bangladesh) Posted on 2/14/2014 at 1:18 AM 0 Look at this article.....http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1959136-tighes-2014-world-cup-tactics-board-analysing-alejandro-sabellas-argentinaand share your opinion............. Dinucci (Argentina) Posted on 2/13/2014 at 4:30 PM 1 Yes hes been solid but if given a shot mussachio and rodriguez can excel way more in the nt. They have better defense and are more tactically aware since they play against better players than in the Mexican league. More things matter than just height as a defender dammage7 (United Kingdom) Posted on 2/13/2014 at 3:10 PM 0 the question is does he take 8 def or 8 midfielders. Angel Di Maria (United States) Posted on 2/13/2014 at 1:48 PM 0 Why even bring up Demechelis name? he's not coming back into the team PERIOD. Angel Di Maria (United States) Posted on 2/13/2014 at 1:47 PM 0 Dinucci and why should Basanta be replace? The guy have been solid for us...If Sabella listen to some of you guys, by the time the world cup comes around he wouldn't have a team.. dammage7 (United Kingdom) Posted on 2/13/2014 at 12:39 PM 0 those are the 7th. but he will call an 8th. possible a RB cover . Sabella likes players who can play multiple roles. e.g. basanta, campagnaro.just to note. roncaglia - RB and RCB Ansaldi - RB, LB, Wing back Demichelis - CB any and DM Dinucci (Argentina) Posted on 2/13/2014 at 12:34 PM 0 Basanta should be replaced Pachorra (Vatican City State) Posted on 2/13/2014 at 12:33 PM 0 Garay, FF, Otamendi, Basanta, Rojo, Zabaleta, Campagnaro... Don't look any further... These are the 7 Sabella will call... Unless there is an injury... outlaw (Poland) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 4:00 PM 0 We will see dammage7 (United Kingdom) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 3:50 PM 0 Rojo is LB. Then BASANTA. Then if desperate campagnaro. So orban is pointless outlaw (Poland) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 3:02 PM 0 Orban has a chance. I'm sure. Angel Di Maria (United States) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 1:56 PM 0 dammage7 peruzzu, ansaldi and romcaglia will not be going to the world cup..NADA not a chance.. dammage7 (United Kingdom) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 1:19 PM 0 orban will not go, as basantas can cover lb for rojo, andin worse case campagnarootamendi will go , had dolid copa america. the rb reserve is between ansaldi, peruzzu, roncaglia. campa can play there also outlaw (Poland) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 11:12 AM 0 el principe, I think that defenders will be 8: Zabaleta, FF, Garay, Rojo, Campagnaro, Basanta, Orban, Otamendi/Roncaglia. But pair CB Musacchio - Rodriguez would be nothing less than FF - Garay. But this is Sabella's choice. Ayr18 (United States) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 9:41 AM 0 Honestly I think Sabella will call only 7 defenders for the worldcup also have we forgotten mascherano can be played as a cb wouldn't be surprised to see him there in a 3 man defense. dammage7 (United Kingdom) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 9:04 AM 0 yes lisandro lopez is fine. dammage7 (United Kingdom) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 9:03 AM 0 i agree with veteranseven in passarellas youth team he had chamot and sensinibielsa took chamotSanuel is solid, but is SLOW now very slow. but he can score goals. ive never seen campagnaro, just heard he can play multiple positions. but he is 34 soon. ansaldi is younger and esp gonzalo rodrigues, in my mind the biggest omission. samuel, camapganro, demichelis are ok in a 3 man defense haman (Bahrain) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 9:01 AM 1 Musacchio, G. Rodriguez, Fazio & L. Lopez! haman (Bahrain) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 9:00 AM 0 Basanta!! el principe (United States) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 7:38 AM 0 I am pretty sure that Sabella will only take 7 defenders, not 8. 23 players:3 goalies7 defenders8 midfielders5 forwardsA little thin in the back, but an extra space in midfield.Secondly, it seems like all 7 defenders are set. However, Walter Samuel was playing great and scored the only goal of the match 2 days ago. He replaced another veteran Hugo Campagnaro in the starting line up who has been disappointing lately.After the game, Inter coach praised the 35 year old Samuel and called him "world class defender" and that Inter do need a veteran defender in the back. Does that mean that Samuel has replaced Campagnaro in the starting line up? If so, it is not good news for Sabella.All 7 defenders but Otamendi have no experience in the world cup. Even Otamendi is still pretty young, so he's not considered a WC veteran at all. Maybe Sabella should think twice about this. Why not include at least one veteran defender at least? Their experience would be worthy. No guys, I am not talking about Demichelis, Burdisso, Zanetti, or Coloccini... or Heinze. dammage7 (United Kingdom) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 5:11 AM 0 8th defender will be between peruzzi or ansaldi. sabella would want a rb cover for zabaleta. ansaldi has advantage of playing LB too. peruzzi is young and one for future Istiaque (Bangladesh) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 3:55 AM 1 For me Playing Rojo as a LB isn't playing him out of position, it's just his playing style which is a slight problem. Remember we have Di maria as LCm, which means the LB doesn't have to do much going forward duty...our LB should play like a LCB...that's why I think sabella plays him there...But Mr. Rojo like to think he is Roberto Carlos...and makes many mistakes like going forward and not hurrying back, which needs to be changed! baker (India) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 2:26 AM 0 @cleanball : Yes , playing a player not in his natural position is like a timebomb that tickling..we have done with ottamendi,jonas in last time.now we are doing the same with rojo , hopefully sabella will make right move cleanball (Indonesia) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 2:19 AM 0 Forget the Otamendi of 2010 version and build the fresh and natural Otamendi in 2014, as this player is a rock Caniggia (Hong Kong) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 2:08 AM 0 I think we just need a very fast full back as cover to complete the defence. argentuban (United States) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 12:59 AM 0 He will be acclimated to the stadiums and weather in Brazil if this turns out to be the case. And Sabella will use him as a CENTERBACK.....so it would not be a bad pick. Angel Di Maria (United States) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 12:39 AM 0 I am all for Cambiasso and Otamendi in the team, Sabella is no fool, this world cup is going to take more than flair and pretty football..Cambiasso and Otamendi will get dirty to get the job done..So now we have Two assassin in midfield (Masche and Cambiasso) with our other stylish midfield players in Gago, Biglia,Banega, Maxi, Alvarez, Lamela or Pastore.. travis (Japan) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 12:26 AM 0 Don't worry @baker, our defenders is in a great shapes, and now probably Otamendi is coming, that is such a great news, don't you think? Our defenders are at this point, UNBREAKABLE by any teams you can think of. baker (India) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 12:25 AM 0 i cant find him in inter stating 11 , that why i doubted.hugo is versatile player he can be in CB,RB and LB so he is a sure shot in our team.we have to go for 8 defenders or 7 defenders...?i will pick 8 defenders since sabella have the tendency to go for 5 men defense , having 8 defenders will be a plus. Angel Di Maria (United States) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 12:23 AM 0 No Hugo is not injured..None of our defenders are injured.. baker (India) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 12:21 AM 0 is hugo is playing now a days...? is he injured too..? Angel Di Maria (United States) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 12:19 AM 0 No surprise here, although I would like Musacchio over Otamendi, his performance vs Bosnia kind of sealed his world cup spot. As I always say all these defenders going to the world cup;1. Garay2.F Fernandez3. Zabaleta4. Campagrano5. Rojo6. Basanta7. Otamendi8. ( ? ) baker (India) Posted on 2/12/2014 at 12:09 AM 0 hope his experience in brazil will be a plus point for us.