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Posted by Roy Nemer (Roy Nemer) Thursday, March 06, 2014 Go To Comments

More questions raised than answered

It's not too easy to read into the match against Romania. Was this the strongest team which Alejandro SABELLA could have fielded? Replace Jose BASANTA with Ezequiel GARAY and that would pretty much be the team for the World Cup. However, we all know that Argentina can play much better than that.

Many have spoken about Lionel MESSI being sick on the pitch and while it is true, it cannot and is not the reason for the team playing so poorly. Many factors have to be taken into consideration when trying to take anything away from those 90 minutes. Out of the 14 players who took part in that match, only a handful of them had something to prove. And it's not surprising that it was those select players who shone the brightest.

For months the entire Argentina fanbase has been against Sergio ROMERO's inclusion on the team. A string of below par performances with the National Team mixed with zero league matches with his club Monaco have left many wondering how ROMERO would perform. ROMERO answered his critics with a very good display, showing very little to no rust. The calls for Willy CABALLERO won't be going away any time soon, even less so as the European club season draws to an end and ROMERO sits on the bench. But for Argentina, he put on a confidence booster of a performance.

Jose BASANTA was one of the other players who played admirably well. He looked confident and won his one on one battles when needed. However, I would not be confident with BASANTA as a starting defender or even as a back up defender at the World Cup. With all respect to Romania, playing against them is not the same as having to play against Germany in a Round of 16 or Quarter Final match. I'm not sold on BASANTA and I won't ever be but you can only play against who you are put against and BASANTA has been passing the test.

Lucas BIGLIA is another who is cementing his place in the team. He looked composed and when moving forward made some good passes. A very intelligent player and his stock under SABELLA seems to be rising. Not necessarily a big name, but a good player to have in your repertoire.

Fernando GAGO's performance was possibly one of his worst under SABELLA. It is understandable considering that GAGO has just came back from an injury, is made of glass and the last thing he wants is to go back to Boca injured in an otherwise meaningless match. However, what always has been the concern with GAGO is his lack of physical presence. On the ball, he connects well with MESSI and has shown that he is more than capable of elevating his level of play but against a strong and physical team, GAGO can be outmuscled which would open gaps in the midfield and leave MASCHERANO exposed, as was the case in 2010 in every match he played in.

A lot has been said about the lack of creativity in midfield. Under SABELLA, it's evident that he is banking on Angel DI MARIA and Lionel MESSI for that with GAGO helping get the ball to the latter. SABELLA can also resort to adding an extra player in midfield and dropping one of Sergio AGUERO and Gonzalo HIGUAIN as he has done in the past. A problem which Argentina has not faced too often under SABELLA is what happens when a team defends and parks the bus as Romania did for part of the second 45 minutes. That is certainly something which SABELLA will need to figure out. However, despite Romania defending, Argentina playing like they did not want to be there, the team and MESSI, still created many chances. Rodrigo PALACIO had his miss of the match as we have become accostumed to and LAVEZZI missed a scoring chance which he should have scored. HIGUAIN had a chance where he decided to pass to AGUERO and AGUERO himself had the move of the match where he ran passed a few players only to have his shot saved.

While the match may have seemed anti climatic considering it is the last one before Alejandro SABELLA announces the players who will be going to Brazil, many more questions were raised than answered. Should GAGO get injured, is it Lucas BIGLIA who plays alongside MASCHERANO or is it BANEGA who gets that place. If a team decides to defend and ultimately Argentina cannot resort to counter attacking, what will SABELLA instruct the players to do.




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ForeverBatiGol
(India)
Posted on 3/13/2014 at 5:08 AM
0
Costa,Suarez,Sturridge & Sterling would be the worst nightmare for any defence then... A worldclass commanding CB along with a boss DM & couple of fullbacks, Reds can dream big...


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 3/13/2014 at 2:15 AM
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abs: all is good over here but spurs has been a nightmare this season :(
I did say stick with Rodgers and he would be good for you and he is.
true this is costas 2nd season and we will see if he can do it in the w.c as he has looked strong in the champs lge as well this season.


Abs
(United States)
Posted on 3/12/2014 at 6:10 PM
0
@pablo.d:

Things are great, how about you ?

Regarding Costa, actually this is his second year with such a top class performance. I can't imagine how the front line would be like with Costa, Suarez, Sturridge .. Behind them comes Yacob, Gerrard/Coutinho, Hendo .. Liverpool could easily win titles with that formation regardless of the back line :p


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 3/12/2014 at 2:37 AM
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abs, i hope all is good over your way,
im not sure about costa, he having a fantastic season but its only one season so far.


Abs
(United States)
Posted on 3/11/2014 at 9:15 PM
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oh, and Simeone should be our national team manager by two years time


Abs
(United States)
Posted on 3/11/2014 at 9:14 PM
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@pablo.d:

Hopefully Costa will join Liverpool this summer


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 8:27 PM
1
Istiaque: every year ath madrid have their best players bought off them but sim seems to find good replacements but its far more the way he makes his teams fight for every ball, the never say die attitude.

pocc has done what? sure a few good games at southampt but theirs nothing to put him near simeone at this stage in his career, maybe in a few years time we can compere them but today their are football fields apart.


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 6:13 PM
0
el pocho scored today. I really like his energy on the field he's one of a kind!

A beautiful back heel assist from Ibra left el pocho one on one against the keeper with quick notch to the goal. His finishing seems to be getting better unlike Palacio who needs tuning!


Istiaque
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 3:27 PM
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actually pocchettino isn't quite far behind simeone; it's just simeone operates with better players.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 3:18 PM
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"We already have a world class coach in the future: Diego Simeone"
I agree and yes


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 2:53 PM
0
We already have a world class coach in the future: Diego Simeone


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 2:50 PM
0
Well Biesla beautiful football was better than Perkeman..Just look how Chile plays..So might as well call back Biesla.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 2:44 PM
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No the Pekerman Who ushered in a revival for beautiful football.....hehehe


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 2:00 PM
1
Pekerman? Who sub Requelme against Germany and had Messi and Aimar rot on the bench in an important game..Argentina don't need Perkeman.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 1:48 PM
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Take it easy folks... Di Santo rumor doesn't mean that he will surely go to the World Cup. He might make it to the final 30, but not final 23. He needs to compete with a lot of players, not just Lamela, but players from other positions as well such as Peruzzi, Lopez, Alvarez, Sosa, Augusto, or even Cambiasso to make the final spot or the 23rd player.

I don't like Di Santo, but I praise Sabella for still not mentioning Tevez when we clearly need the 6th forward. I wish it would be someone other than Di Santo, but at least not Tevez. Anyway Lamela still has the edge.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 1:46 PM
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All I can say in few words.... 'Pekerman please please come back'.
.
V r broken with this headless chicken sabella.


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 1:44 PM
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Let's just hope icardi hit a hat trick.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 1:33 PM
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Fuck terrible time to score


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 1:20 PM
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Seems like Di santo has picked up his tail and has made a rare event in football, a Di santo goal! Surely this gna make Sabellas job easier now!!


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 1:09 PM
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Its always sensible to choose yoir best players as possible, if I take a deep insight on Sabellas selection policy nobody can argue with me that it is Argentinas best team on Paper, Sabellas tactis of a paper thin midfield will not help Argentinas cause too, just how how many years we gna deprived off success with these stubborn cpaches?? Just how many!!


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 1:06 PM
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compare*


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 1:05 PM
0
Dinucci I wasn't trying to comparr Romero to the Spanish players, I simple trying to say that Romero have been Argentina number one for a while now but that doesn't mean Willy cant be in the squad as a 2nd goalkeeper..


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 1:04 PM
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El pocho is on fire! Palacios place has to go to either Carlitos, Icardi or Denis.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:59 PM
0
You do aee the difference in lvl right? Reina spains 3rd keeper is better than romero. Spain can choose anyone of these as keeper and still have one of the top keepers in the world. No one in spain sees having those 3 as an issue. But our keepers except of willy are way below par! We have no choice but to put willy in!


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:56 PM
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Arg2014 I don't believe Neymar was told by Scolari to play foolish..Neymar played better in the Brazilian league and for Brazil NT..Neymar outside of the Brazilian league and NT is not the same player..


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:42 PM
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As for Neymar, I bet you....he was told by his NT management to take it easy when playing for Barca, use their matches as a training session, no more....they really need him 100% fit for the WC. Brazil will have to win this WC, or a catastrophe will hit the nation.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:40 PM
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Dinucci That's Sabella job to decide who keep goal, he will be seeing everything in training..Why have Iker, Valdes and Reina on the same team? Or, why have Diego Lopez as number one when Casillas is on the team/

I want the strongest possible 23 going to the world cup..


noori
(Pakistan)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:36 PM
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Barcelona fall again,,,,, seems Messi has lost his passion. Our team is totally dependent on Messi and if Messi plays like this...........I am afraid the nightmare of 2010 this time again


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:35 PM
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Kid why would u put Willy on the team and still have romero as number 1 keep?


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:35 PM
0
I'm sure Sabella has approached Tevez, he needs him, but Tevez probably asked to be a starter or never especially when he knows he's a leader in a big club, has a WC experience, etc......Sabella threw Tevez chapter in the trash bin already. Sabella is really, and I mean really bad when it comes to player selection.....that will cost him the WC.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:30 PM
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If turning Tevez in an attacking Midfield to get a spot on the team, then so be it..Sabella should follow Del Bosque, the guy knows how to squeeze everyone in a 23 man squad..


baker
(India)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:28 PM
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@kid: lol u removed palacio......? that guy will work for us tirelessly with his full heart


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:25 PM
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Vamos pocho,di santos? I rather have julio cruz.




KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:24 PM
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Its time Sabella get over his feelings and think what's best for the world cup..Calling up Di Santos is an insult to other better Argentine players...Di Santos brings nothing to the team...Icardi is way too green now, he needs time..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:21 PM
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Tevez, Willy, Fazio/Musacchio and Cambiasso should be in the squad to make it more complete..

GK:
1.Romero
2.Willy
3.Orion

Defenders:
1. Garay
2. Zabaleta
3. F.Fernandez
4. Campagrano
5. Rojo
6. Fazio
7. Basanta
8. Peruzzi

Midfield:
1. Mascherano
2. Gago
3. Biglia
4. Di Maria
5. Maxi Rodriguez
6. Banega
7. Cambiasso

Forwards:
1. Messi
2. Aguero
3. Higuain
4. Lavezzi
5. Tevez


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:19 PM
2
Di Santo is shit. Actually, that's an insult to shit. I apologize to shit. Shit will probably be suing me shortly for defamation.

Icardi is way better, so is Barcos.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:16 PM
0
disanto is bad

scored 20 goals in last 7 years


Istiaque
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:11 PM
0
kid,
it takes 10 seconds for you to take a decision right? with the amount of ease you said Fabregas is overrated is very very funny you know? I completely disagree with your opinion by the way (I know you don't care a wee bit what other's think of your opinion, but still!).

According to whoscored.com Cesc Fabregas's total assist count for this season is 13. (iniesta has 5, Xavi has 5, messi has 8). His avrg pass count is 61, and success rate is 87.1%

And if you want my personal opinion, I would say he is the only direct attacking midfielder they got. nobody in barcelona's midfield plays that direct. The only problem with him is he is not a classic barcelona central midfielder. He isn't even a central midfielder anyway, neither he is a forward; so that's a problem in Barcelona

anyway, that was just my point of view. Would you care to elaborate why you think Fabregas is overrated? or do you just feel like it?


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:08 PM
1
Martino started the season bright,up by 8 points at point in the league but as soon as he came up with his silly rotation policy, it has unsettle the players, even sometimes subbing Messi, I know for sure Messi did not like being sub..Pep and Tata never sub Messi in a La Liga game!

Sabella need to call the right players if he's going to add a player or two to the squad..No need for Dos Santos...Icardi maybe(but I am not so sure of Icardi at this point) anyways Sabella needs to get the right players in now, because their is not a lot of time..Dos Santos was horrible against Saudi Arabia, why Sabella cant see that.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:08 PM
0
Di santo? I would rather have tevez and his crappy attitude than that muerto!


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:07 PM
0
Anybody heard about mauro zarate to chile.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:01 PM
0
Sabella needs first to run 10k so he realizes what fitness looks like. His new forward search is a sign of desperation. Icardi, Iturbe either one can fill the bill......Osvaldo was let go to Italy when he can be with Argentina as a good finisher. Messi has a problem now, wish hes still single and without a family.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:00 PM
0
What abt santiago garcia f bremen...??? Is he a good option... Is rated highly by who scored.com....


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 11:58 AM
0
I still say Icardi is leaps and bounds better than di Santo, and his movement with Messi would be superb given that he is a Masia student.

Di Santo is shit.

I think Messi MUST leave Barcelona and move on, either to ply his trade int he UK or Italy.



dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 11:56 AM
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guys, dont forget, sabella will take 30 players first

so i expect with th ecurrent 26 he calls

disanto/icardi
guinaza
cambiasso
willy


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 11:55 AM
0
I'm certain that Tata will get sacked at the end of this season after costing the club all titles. I was thinking that Messi should have made the move to Bayern when they offered him 250 mil, now his price is lowered for sure, not smart from Messi.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 11:52 AM
0
barca's hope of winning the laliga this season is over!! messi had a terrible day.. he was vpoor... on the other hand masch was superb... it seems like messi is clearly not happy to play under martino!


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 11:51 AM
0
Martino will get sacked.


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 11:30 AM
0
Lavezzi seems to have found his finishing shoes at last.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 11:28 AM
0
That's how you play when facing park the bus team. Subs a defender (Pique) for an attacking minded player (Roberto).


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 11:17 AM
0
Good change, Fabregas is overrated..


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 11:10 AM
0
I agree Di Santo is not a good player at all, but based on Romania game, we really need the 6th forward for the same role as Martin Palermo in WC 2010. If Messi is the false #9, Aguero is the complete forward, Higuain is the target man, Palacio is the defensive forward, Lavezzi is the wing forward, the 6th forward role will be as follows: When we need a goal badly against a team that refused to attack us and just sit back and play ultra defensive tactic. That way we will need a SIZE (big forward) as poacher to draw the defenders attention, so our other small attackers can have more space. More like Pique's role for Barca when Barca needed to score.

Secondly, I think Di Santo will only be an insurance policy in case Lamela can not make the World Cup. The same with Cambiasso who is the insurance policy for Gago.

Check out this game of Di Santo's Bremen:
http://es.soccerway.com/matches/2013/11/30/germany/bundesliga/tsg-1899-hoffenheim-ev/sv-werder-bremen/1487147/

I did not watch that game, but based on the game stats. It is interesting. Bremen scored 4, Di Santo did not score nor give any assist, but he did play 90 minutes. So I am sure that his big body helped to draw the attention of the defenders so his teammates would score.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 11:08 AM
0
Fabregas and Song move from Arsenal to Barcelona have been a failure..I have never rated Fabregas, I cant remember one serious important game that Fabregas actually showed up in..


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 11:03 AM
0
sabella's some player selections are very bizarre!! Disanto????? seriously??? i would rather have diego milito instead of this joke of a player... he is experienced and he is tall!!


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 11:03 AM
0
No to Di Santos, he will just be a Julio Cruz..


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 10:54 AM
0
Guys, I don't care what anyone says, anyone but di Santo. Fine if you don't like Icardi, but gimme a break. Barcos....any other tall forward.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 10:50 AM
0
Record Tottenham signing Erik Lamela has been something of a flop thus far.

The Argentianian winger signed from Roma for £30m has barely featured under both Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood.

His fitness has been questioned by the press this week and Spurs manager Tim Sherwood admitted on Friday that Erik Lamela is still some way from a return to the first team.

Sherwood said ”We’re hoping he’ll be back before end of season, but don’t think he’s anywhere near resuming training or being up for selection.”


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 10:40 AM
0
Di Santo? Sabella has lost his f-ing mind. Barcelona is playing terribly. Martino will get sacked and Messi's confidence will be shot by year's end.


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 10:30 AM
0
Guys what about fernando tissone ? Argentinian of african descent, play for malaga.


baker
(India)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 10:28 AM
0
oh please no more di santo , then please consider iturde


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 10:09 AM
0
I heard rumors that Lamela will be out for the rest of the season because of his back injury..Sad how the Spurs move dent any hopes of Lamela going to the world cup..


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 10:07 AM
0
I was just talking about the need of the 6th forwards, it seems like Sabella is thinking the same way. He is going to Bremen to see Franco Di Santo. So here comes a new challenger. It is either Lamela or Di Santo for the 6th forward.

http://www.ole.com.ar/seleccion/Di-Santo-remedio_0_1097890317.html

Great interview by Sabella:
http://www.ole.com.ar/mundial-2014/titulo_0_1097290387.html

Carlos Tevez issue? Sabella finally speaks up
"I respect others opinion. Argentina is a soccer country, but I am happy with what I have"


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 9:53 AM
0
lets not bash gago guys.. this guy was clearly having a bad day ... putting gago in the same bracket with romero and rojo is totally unfair... yes i was very disappointed after the game... if a coach cannot motivate his players for a friendly then there is something wrong with sabella's staff... he has to work on it... yes this was the first time sabella faced a "park the bus" team and his Ultra defensive bench was unable to break the deadlock... totally agree with el principe we need an attacking midfilder who can not only create goals but score them too... and the man is Lamela... i ve heard from somewhere that lamela has returned for training and hopefully spurs will give him some time on the pitch... the kid is a class act and the only game changer on the bench..


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 9:20 AM
0
For me the game vs. Romania clearly shows that we need the 6th attacker after Messi, Aguero, Higuain, Palacio, and Lavezzi. The 6th attacker would be used as an emergency in case we need a goal badly. That's why I believe Lamela still has a big chance because Icardi, his main competitor for the 6th striker was just called once before with no minute.


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 9:16 AM
0
I think messi needs to not have too much pressure on playmaking. 2 alternative line ups....
433 Romero-
Backfour
Biglia-Mascherano-Banega
Aguero, Messi(f9), Di maria

4411
Romero
Sameback 4/new Lb
Maxi-Biglia/other-Mascherano-Di maria
Messi
Higuain.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 9:10 AM
0
Have you seen a match where a team badly needs a goal against a park the bus team.... then they do subs one of their strikers to a DM with the hope that they would break the wall and score a goal?

That's what we think here... When I read it. It is really funny to be honest. Our fantastic four could not break the Romania wall and now a lot of us are suggesting that we should replace one of the strikers for a DM and we believe that we would do better against park the bus team.

I tell you, no professional coaches in the world would do that. When Barca were struggling to score against a park the bus team, they did not subs a Neymar or Alexis and put Song on. No way. You know what they would do? They would make Pique as an "extra striker" or a poacher.

To score against park the bus team, a team needs an extra striker, not extra DM!

If the game of Romania-Argentine had ended up 2-2 or 3-3 for example, it would have been normal for us to talk about having an extra DM for a striker. But the case we have is: how to break the park the bus team. Remember our case! That's the hot topic!

If you are saying put another striker and sacrifice a defender. That makes sense. If you are saying put another attacking midfielder like Ricky Alvarez for example and sacrifice a Rojo or Basanta just because the opponent just refused to attack. That makes sense. But if you're saying bring Biglia in and subs Higuain or Aguero, when we need to score badly. That's an amateur coaching to be honest. Maybe AVB would do it, but not Sabella.


baker
(India)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 8:58 AM
0
@deb: even i wish that lineup , but sabella unfortunately will go for extra defender than including one more midfielder


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 7:53 AM
0
deb, thats all well and ggood putting messi closer to box

problem is none of the other midfielder woul dbe able to support him upfront. they cant run with the ball or even complete a pass. they just hide behind the halfway line waiting for the opponents to attack or hope messi higain ageuro do something.

the reason is arg lack a playmaker, no riquelne, aimar, veron, gallargo....not since 2007. insua was tried, and he failed.

argentina dont have a midfielder who dominated the centre or who sets up an attack.

of the current team only player i can think is lamela!!!!!


Deb
(India)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 7:32 AM
0
Why does it have to be Biglia or Gago? Why can't it be Biglia and Gago? Why do we need 2 strikers ahead of Messi when he himself can create and score goals like no one else can do? I say play it 4-3-2-1. The midfield battle has to be won, there's no second option. Put Mascherano, Gago, Biglia all in. Let Messi play a little closer to the box and either Aguero or Higuain in.

Look the plan is Gago links with Zabaleta and Di Maria links with Rojo, right? That's how teams play, nothing wrong in that. But suppose the ball is lost, counters happen and somehow our backline blocks it and takes the possession back, who they will pass? Mascherano. And then, from Mascherano to who? So we wait for at least 2 of those 4 to come back and start a new move. Sounds redundant, no?

Lionel Messi is the best goalscorer in the world. Let him have his shots at goal at least. Remove one striker and add in a midfielder. Biglia or Banega, whoever suits.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 7:21 AM
0

Argentina’s Great Loss: Pablo Aimar
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It takes quite a lot to get someone as celebrated as Diego Maradona to claim that he would pay money to come watch you play. Pablo Aimar is the one player the Argentine legend claimed he’d pay to watch. Being of Argentine stock, a lot is expected of any player with any amount of talent. If that player happens to be likened to Maradona, it is almost guaranteed that he will find a way to struggle to meet expectations. Aimar’s story though is not one of a player unable to meet expectations, but one of a nation unable to see the genius of a player so humble and quiet that you have to go looking for him to find him.

Aimar made a name for himself at River Plate, a club where many fantastic players have emerged. He was always a small player in stature –hence the Maradona comparisons –but he has bags of skills, and a playmaking ability that just screamed for a chance to light the stage. When he first moved to Valencia in Spain, it didn’t seem like he’d be a success. He was so small that players bigger than him could trample all over him if they really wanted to. But Aimar’s skills shone in a league where talent meant far more than physical ability. Aimar is a player with great vision and a touch to die for. He had everything you’d expect of a great Argentine playmaker –or at least someone who has been called the next Maradona. So why is it, that he has never had a chance with Argentina?


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Part of it is down to injuries. Aimar has had his struggles with injuries here and there. But I suspect the reason why he never really got a crack at the Argentina national team had more to do with a system which failed to see just how good of a player he is, a system which gave several chances to Ariel Ortega, a player of lesser talent but a recognizable reputation. Aimar was failed by a system which indulged a brilliant player like Riquelme but never quite saw how much more his fellow midfielder had to offer.

Of course some of the blame lies at the player’s feet. Aimar never played for any big teams. There was a time when a team like Liverpool looked like they might take a chance on him, but that never happened. He himself never really looked like he had the drive and ambition of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Falcao. The fact that Aimar never got a great chance with the Argentina national team represents a great loss for the Argentines, because they missed out on having a player of such talent that even Maradona was amazed. But that begs the question, why did Maradona himself not give Aimar more of a chance when he was in charge? We all know how much the Argentines love Messi, but a player like Aimar is a completely different animal. He is a player capable of taking some of the pressure off Messi, and able to unlock defenses with one move, one change of direction. Aimar played in two World Cups, 2002 and 2006, but he was never trusted in the same way that Messi is trusted. Even though he was present, none of the coaches he played for on the international stage ever saw just what a jewel they had on their hands.


On the club scene, Aimar has been able to carve a little space for himself in Portugal playing for Benfica. The Portuguese club under Jorge Jesus and the leadership of legendary Portuguese playmaker Rui Costa, has been ever present on the European stage, and Aimar has played an important role in their successes. It is easy to say that he would have had a wonderful career if he had joined a club like Real Madrid or Manchester United, but we will never quite know how different Aimar’s story would have been. Very few Argentine players are emerging nowadays with the sort of stylish ability on the ball that the likes of Aimar, Riquelme, and Maradona brought to the game. As good as Messi is, he does not offer much in terms of style, and as a fan of the game, it is wonderful to be able to see a player who brings beauty to the game.


Chiquito
(India)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 6:46 AM
0
The no of gago haters are damn too high. We don't have a b2b midfielder and it isn't possible to create one now. Is it? I don't think so :P So Sabella will have to analyse his tactics and it won't be by excluding so and so players from his squad and including the likes of tevez and co. Why can't biglia get a chance instead of gago against physically strong teams. Gago is an integral part of our side and Sabella isn't mad like some of those guys here to straight away axe a player who has played a vital part in our qualification campaign.


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 4:27 AM
0
Brasil- ramieres,fernandinho,gustavo,oscar....... Germany- ozil,kroos,schweinsnijder,gotze....spain-xavi alonso,febrigas(unselfish player ever i see),iniesta,xavi hernandez....... France- yohan C,matuidi,pogba,ribeiry.........england- gerrard,henderson,wilshere,walcot...........holland- strootman,snijder,robben,vander vaart,......itali- pirlo,montolivo,marchashio,de rossi........ ARGENTINA- Mascerano and ? And ? And di maria. We need two more midfielder to compete these teams. We have to call enzo perez and cambiasso. Tevez , gonzalo and willy make opponent mentally weak.a team with strong midfield wins game.italy 2006 and spain 2010 are examples.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 4:11 AM
0
argentina will be ok
i think u cant judge gago vs low teams like peru, gautamala etc



travis
(Japan)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 2:45 AM
3
Few months back, when ARG won friendlies in US, i said something like: those friendlies don't mean a thing, just friendlies, and complaining a lot about Sabella's formation, players call up and stuff, and most people said something like: of course those friendlies matters, it showed the strength of Sabella squad and how he is really excellent coach blablabla, and suggested me to calm down, because the team won 2 games in a row.

Yesterday, a lot of people, me included, turn the table and worried about this team, and treat this friendly as most matters because we're only a few yard away from WC, and some people (perhaps the same people few months back) said something like: this friendlies means nothing, the team is tired, had a day off, never play together in a year, crap like that + more and more bulls.

What i want to say about this particular fans is that; THEY'RE SO FULL OF CRAP RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING.


Kun_Kafu
(Malta)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 1:51 AM
0
If Sabella plays in a different formation, we will do better for sure.. Cause the team is not balanced.. Why Sabella, still plays Rojo and Gago?? Rojo - never does an overlaping and when it comes to defend he's is always dribbled.. Gago - plays too simple, always play vertical passes, never horizontal passes.. I would play like this: Romero ----------------- ----Zabaleta---Otamendi--Garay----Ansaldi------ --------Banega--Mascherano--Gago------- ---- Messi------Di Maria--- ---- Kun Aguero
--------------- ( Higuain )


Freeman E
(Namibia)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 1:22 AM
2
I'm amazed by all these panic posts here since Wednesday. I'll be worried if we we play like that vs Trinidad and Slovenia (the last matches) going to the WC. This is just like the bad Saudi Arabia match, we went on to do amazing things after that game. And for players was nothing at stake, so they were not playing with fire in their bellies. I guess if we had won, for instance, 2-0 after playing the same,we would have seen posts about how we're going to win the WC. Just remember how 06 team struggled in the friendlies yet played well at the WC? We beat Germany in friendly last time a and then got hammered when it really mattered. I've always said here that, yes we can win, but it's only going to be achieved game by game and we must first get to the semis before we get ahead of ourselves and think of the final, becoz ARG hardly loses semis.

On parking the bus defense, our current team have not experienced this before strategy under Sabella. Our team so far, is built to attack opponent who attack. So it was a good lesson for the team to experience and plan on it. Apart from Italy and maybe England, to a certain degree, are the only teams likely to play like that in a knock out match. Brazil,Spain,Germany,Holland,Belgium,France or S.American won't apply that strategy in a KO match.


petro
(India)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:47 AM
1
i believe if midfield is creative..we are as good as finalist..looks like we are far from it..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/8/2014 at 12:09 AM
2
Germany tied with Paraguay 3 - 3 in Frankfurt

Brazil lost in Switzerland by 1 - 0 in Zurich

Spain lost to South Africa by 1- 0 in Africa

Holland tied with Japan 2 - 2 in Genk, Belgium

But yet I never hear any doom and gloom about these teams performances, but as soon as Argentina tied away in Romania this week, it sound like the end of the world, people forgetting that Sabella is still yet to lose a game to a European team so far under his watch, I have already move on from this game because as I said, this was a charity game to boost the Romania football federation for missing out on the world cup....The Romania took this game serious not us, like England taking their friendly game vs Denmark as if it was a world cup game, now they have lost Wilshere to injury, that same scenario could have happen to one of our important players but thank God it didn't.

Switzerland 1 vs Argentina 3

Germany 1 vs Argentina 3

Sweden 2 vs Argentina 3

Italy 1 vs Argentina 2 (the same Italy team Spain only scored 1 goal against this week)

Bosnia Her 0 vs Argentina 2

Romania 0 vs Argentina 0

All I can say is that these numbers are pretty impressive under Sabella and it shouldn't go unnoticed..Slovenia and Bosnia will be the next European teams in June, and I see Argentina having no problem winning against them..


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 11:20 PM
0
Guys this was a just a friendly they arent doomed they just were off their game and didnt try as they shouldve


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 9:53 PM
3
A few things to add here:

First @poto, man it sounds like freddy kruger paid you a visit!

Now this is the last thing Im going to say about Gago because I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle here, the guy is NOT soft, not at all! Remember the game against Peru (the away game that ended in 1-1) where the peruvians thought they were playing a rugby match? Remember how Gago was body slammed by one of the peruvian midfielders and was taken out of the field with a stretcher? Well what happened next was that he got his head bandaged and came straight back into the game and kept fighting; Gago is all spirit but there comes a time where every player will get out muscled, which is sad because that's the very antithesis of football but hey it is what it is!
With that being said this game showed us that we have a solid backup in the form of Biglia and that's a huge plus in my book.
One thing I will agree on regarding Gago is the fact that he's very injury prone and that cannot be denied and I know from Sabella's comments that he's aware of the situation. I also hope he's got another DM in mind (in addition to Biglia) incase Gago's inevitable fitness troubles rear their ugly heads.

@Iman Sabella called Peruzzi and Lisandro so he could observe them in practice and so they'd get to know the other players.
Sure it would've been nice if LL got some playing time or if Peruzzi got more than 2 min on the field but don't underestimate the importance of locker room comradery plus I remember reading a comment from Rinus Michels (Mr total football for those of you who don't know) regarding the fact that a large part of the work that goes into constructing a unified team happens OUTSIDE the practice field.

Lastly there is an article in soccernet regarding Germany's usual poor form in friendlies, especially prior to the world cup only to go into the said tournament and go quite far. The article finishes with the conclusion that the Germans regard friendlies as an important work in progress, essentially a way to continue to weed out the deficiencies that plague the team.
We all should take note from this; the Romania game has shown us that the Albicelestes are troubled by 'park the bus' teams and being aware of this fact 3 months prior to world cup is a blessing not a curse.
Throughout the qualifiers we learned alot of things about our boys and our team including the best formation (the fab 4) the best midfield mix (gago-masch) the best center back pair (the 2 towers) the best style (counter attacking football at break neck speed) and the most obvious team deficiencies including being out muscled by vicious teams (the peru game) or being out run by teams that utilize fast, energetic fullbacks (like the Ecuador friendly) and Sabella found a possible solution for both e.g. utilize rough and tumble players like lavezzi and Guinazu against the former and use a 3-5-2 formation against the latter.
Now regarding teams that park the bus, I'm sure there are ways to counter that including the employment of a proper number 10 like Banega or Alverez but you all have to remember that in the Romania game it was our boys who were off their game because Argentina had nothing less than 6 golden opportunities to score so it wasn't like the ablicelestes were shut out of the game, they simply didn't have their scoring shoes on and that can and will happen from time to time, I just hope it won't happen in 3 months time, but with the likes of pulga, kun and pipita firing on all cylinders and scoreless game will be unlikely.


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 9:44 PM
0
@ El Principe, think about it this way, look at Man U, how much they won with Sir Alex and with all of their talented wingers, Park Ji sung, ( i think that's how its spelled) almost always started or was brought in. He didn't shine in any particular field but was halfway decent at most if not all things, Sosa is our Park Ji sung


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 8:48 PM
0
I had a nightmare last night that all of our fab4 and masherano and zabaleta all were out of the world cup and sabella named rojo as captain and put sosa as our number 10 and rogelio funes mori as 9.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 7:13 PM
0
Iman i mean lol


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 5:54 PM
0
Aman maybe he saw what he had to see in practice


iman
(Iran)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 4:59 PM
0
I did not why sabella caded Lizandro Lopez and Peruzzi? by this way we really not reach to world cup final,I want to see Diego Simeone as Argentina Coach


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 4:30 PM
0
YUP, I just saw that article on another website.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 3:44 PM
0
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Something is not right with Lionel Messi, according to Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino, after the Argentina forward appeared to vomit during an international friendly.

The 26-year-old Messi doubled over during Argentina's 0-0 draw against Romania on Wednesday.

Martino thought Messi had the flu before a 3-1 loss to Real Sociedad nearly two weeks ago. But the Argentine coach has changed his thinking since.

"This is something he's had for quite some time. I'm not a specialist and so far we haven't figured out what is causing this, but this doesn't affect his play," Martino said on Friday. "But something is not right."

Martino told a news conference that Messi had seen a specialist, which proved inconclusive.

Despite this, Messi was included in the squad for Saturday's match at Valladolid.


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 3:35 PM
0
Solomon Islands joined to us.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 3:33 PM
0
Nothing scary about Spain going into the 2014 world cup other than they can probably keep the ball longer than the other teams....Right now I was reading on another blog where people are starting to say Chile look likely to top group B..This Chile team is a wonderful team, heck Spain barely won Chile in 2010 vs 10 men by 2 - 1, winning from a Chilean defender error, Chile also dominated Spain most recently last year where Spain barely came back and tied the game..After the Germany game the commentator was quoted as saying ''watch out Holland and Spain, this Chile team mean business''

Spain strategy is to keep the ball for most of the game like they have done in the past, I don't see this tactic winning in Brazil(End of the road for Spain)..Spain has no plan B (oh they do have a plan B, the Brazilian reject Deigo Costa, wont be enough with Costa flopping all over the pitch) against team like Chile who will out possession them in the group stage game, will set them on the back foot..Germany don't have any identity, they're under so much pressure that they wont last in Brazil, it was sad how their fans was booing them 3 months before the world cup, booing even Ozil off the pitch..Germany wont win Brazil..Holland team is so average, this is the worse Dutch team I have seen for a while, group stage exit for Holland...France look good but they always do then crack when it matters..Portugal never win a world cup, don't see that changing this summer..Colombia had a big chance but with Falcao out, I don't see them reaching the semis anymore..Italy is always Italy, but depending on a 35 years old Pirlo is a risky scenario...Belgium is overrated, they haven't play in a tournament for years now, I don't see them making any dent in Brazil..Uruguay is too Cavani and Suarez dependency, what's next after them, suppose one of the two cant play in a game? Brazil will have 150 million fans behind them in every single game they play, I see no European teams stopping Brazil in regular time, Brazil to the final..Argentina will get their grove back, the two final games before the cup will be great sending off games, Argentina will have a less ethic schedule in more cooler parts of Brazil along with less traveling, add all the supporters the ones inside and outside the stadiums cheering on our team with Messi leading and Mascherano holding things together at the back end of the field, we will be on our way to the final..Brazil vs Argentina, the most spectacular final in recent times..


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 3:31 PM
0
If dat goal wasn't disallowed it 1-0 loss for us.... If we did dis in world cup itz all over.... We can't do anything after dat... So btr do before.... We shud rspct our opponents if we gave them space in our half they will punish, they are also the teams who are skillfull in ball, who earned this spot in world cup, or else i smell germany 2010 returns....


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 3:19 PM
1
Spain lost 1-0 to South Africa, Brazil lost 1-0 to Switzerland, we are yet to loose a friendly under Sabella, It would concern me if we conceded 2/3 v Romania, take it easy!!


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 3:14 PM
0
Itz really hard to criticize messi.... They place 2 strikers infront of him and say messi is not scoring for the national team.... Itz utter nonsense.... If u want him to score them why they kept two strikers infront f him.... N bearing all these criticisms silently he s nw only targeting world cup.... It s 100% sure dat only fearing on injury he changd his postn in barcelona.... Last year barcelona won liga only bcoz f his nonstop goals... For only som games he left out they really struggled... Bt dis year i wud say martino did a great job inspiring others lyk pedro, sanchez, fabregas etc... n now they r goin thru a worst phase and is beem criticized from evry where he s still sacrificing his name for only dis world cup.... We shud respect dat... I m sure he s really wanting dat is only focused on dat and is inspiring others in NT also for dat....


joesoccers
(Canada)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 3:11 PM
0
well from what i saw, argentina should have won this game 3-0 at least.

if this went to extra time, argentina would have won it before penalties.

second, there was no midfield in this game.

it was messi, higuain, aguero and dimaria up the pitch, 50m gap without a sign of gago or biglia, and then the defence.

constantly thru out the match, the defence came under pressure forcing mach and the rest to pass perfect 60 yard long balls to our forwards as the midfield was either 10 yards away from a defender or chasing a forward away from the play.

to counter that, the whole team has to move up as a unit and meet the bus in their opponent half.

leave a couple back to break up the counter.

the defence played too conservative against a park the bus team.

all of them should have been parked right beside them opening up tactical runs and looking for gaps.

this game should have been played for 90mins in the romanian half.

they played not to lose, and they accomplished their mission.

it was a coaching mistake pure and simple, or sabella was trying to see where his team reacts against this type of defensive strategy.



Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 3:08 PM
0
You guys should not take Romania match that seriously bar inclusion of that extra midfielder with sacrificing one of Kun or Pipa, our players play 24×7 and clearly they were tired or 100% feet, remember the Saudi Arabia match, does that indicate anything either, you guys should be pleased with our defence and GK, vamos Argentina!


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 3:06 PM
0
+++++++++++++Cabellaro++++++++++++++
Zanetti++++Fernandez++Garay++++Ansaldi
++++++++Mascherano++++Bíglia++++++++
++++Gago+++++++++++++++Banega+++++
++++++++++++++Messi+++++++++++++++
+++++++++++++Higuain+++++++++++++++
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Subs:
1) Aguero, DiMaria, Gonzalo Rod....
2) Yacob, Fazio, Icardi,
3). Maxi Rod, Mussachio, Lamela
4) Romero, Andujar, Zabaletta


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 2:59 PM
0
For me:
.............Caballero
Campagnaro Fernandez, Garay, Basanta
Di Maria Mascherano Sosa
Messi Palacio
Aguero

These are our all and best defensive forces. Any of these midfielder can be active in defense and Di Maria , Sosa also in attack. Basanta was much better than Rojo as LB against Italy.


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 2:53 PM
0
I agree with el principe: Spain is still scarry.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 2:49 PM
0
Sachin Tendulkar carried the hopes of Índia winning a world cup in cricket for 24 long years. Índia last won it coincidently in 1986. Sachin a prodigy just like Messi hàs all in his repotire except the big one..... He used to do his best every 4 years But to no avail.... He even broke records in WC. He won man of the series even but most imp win Missing..... Everybody lost hope. But in God's Time everything happened só beautifully.... A Youthful generation rose to prominence. Foreign coach. Fears taken out, fearlessness&cordination set in..... Só many factors played a vital part.... Sachin by now the oldest member in squad.... A final chance.... Youth won it for Sachin in 2011. Crown added. 'Sachin carried India for 24 long years on his shoulders so its high time we carried him'. Most Chershing....... Sachin unlike Messi was dedicated, had too many better qualities.....
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Messi should learn from such Maestros......
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Pep realised that messi is past his prime .. nothing more to rxtract..... Moved on.
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Messi wake up.......


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 2:30 PM
0
I vote both Palacio and Sosa. They both amplifing, buttres our defense and both can feel temp of offensive action excellent. Also Sosa can really threaty shotting. Sosa played in starting eleven in 2012 against Germany and Brazil. We won thats match and he play really good. He's height and has very good technic...


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 2:25 PM
0
I really hope this was just a non re occuring flop. It seemed like we werent even trying but if this happens in the world cup we are doomed, and Sabella is doomed.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 2:10 PM
0
I have faith in us winning the big prize but like all supporters I have some concerns, we have talked in the past about no plan b and I still don't see one.

sabella has not really experimented as much as he should have, its almost to late-their are players who could have been tries in previous friendlies.

I think sabella is to stubborn and that has blinded to many coaches to there eventual detriment.

we are way to reliant on messi, yes we all said this but nothing has changed and we will go into the w.c with every thing on messi's shoulders.

the mid is not sorted-again we have been talking about this for 2 years.

these are some of my concerns but we are their and we do have a good chance of wining it.




Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 2:08 PM
0
@pradi gaitan! Perfect di ma sub


leofahiim
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 1:36 PM
1
tbh im really scared of brazil right now,it seems they are going to keep the cup in brazil, they have got bunch of talented players, they don't need to rely on someone like messi..and look at our team, waiting for messi to do something every game, we need someone to support him, especially from midfield, someone like (requilme, xavi, pirlo) he cant win it all alone!!


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 1:28 PM
0
''Five ways the World Cup differs from the club game''

http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/worldcupcentral/id/2566?cc=5901

This is a good read, you guys should check it out.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 1:21 PM
0
palacio n lavezzi r hard working, i think datz y sabella prefer dem.... Bt no creativity no finishing..... i dnt knw much abt augusto.... Bt we need one more player like di maria midfield.... Quick+creativity+finishing..... Sabella shud hav tried gaitan or perotti in dis game.... Not even cald them to squad.... Now s der any chance for dos too late.... In dis 23 the starting 11 i prefer is (4-2-3-1) Romero; zabaleta, fernandez, garay, otamendi; biglia, mascherano; di maria, messi, augusto; aguero.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 1:11 PM
0
@Pradi
otamendi's full back career ended in 2010 !


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 1:08 PM
0
Rojo shud be replaced.... He s really below par.... Most of the threats we are suffering are thru his way.... Bt i think basanta wit no pace will gt exposed at the full back position.... I think otamendi is better, is more athletic....


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 1:05 PM
1
drop one of fav 4 and play palacio to make our defense better??? why not play biglia/maxi instead? workrate doesnt win you games and palacio might have amazing workrate but its the goals that win you games.. and we all know how poor palacio's scoring rate is with the national team...


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 12:45 PM
0
Creative mid - Andrés D'Allesandro.
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If Sabella does not want Riquelme or Aimar or Pastore or Lamela as Creatives then why not give a chance for our only midfield general Who has not played a world cup...He deserves. Atleast Pastore&Lamela ma y get a chance in future world cups.For D'Allesandro this is the last chance.
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We have Just not learned our lessons..... It is like our team is not moved forward from germany match 2010.
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Brother v r no haters as u have mentioned.... V Love our team... Thats why out of love v write.... V want our team to win the world cup that is why v r pouring out.


Deb
(India)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 12:39 PM
0
@el principe: I was telling the same thing the other day. Palacio defends like crazy, way too more than a forward willingly does. And then he has some intent going forward too. I sincerely think dropping one in Fab4 and starting with Palacio would make us more immune to counters.

Romero-Zabaleta,Garay,Fernandez,Basanta-Mascherano,Gago-Di Maria,Messi-Palacio-Aguero/Higuain


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 12:22 PM
1
Btw, I watched Spain-Italy right after Argentina game. I tell you, Spain is scary. They played MC Hammer "can't touch this" football against Italy. Italy hardly touched the ball against them. Italy were lucky not to concede more goals.

I really want Spain to finish second in the group B so they will meet Brazil, although it is unlikely. They will most likely finish first in group B. Brazil for me can defeat easily anyone in group B other than Spain.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 12:18 PM
1
Well I am not sure about Sosa. Sosa is our only "defensive minded attacking midfielder". So of course his defense is better than all attacking midfielders we have. But the problem is Sosa can not do absolutely nothing other than being a "hard worker". When I watched Atletico or Argentina in the past, whenever Sosa was given a chance, it was almost like we were playing with a man down/10 players. Why? Because Sosa just offered nothing.

I still believe if we want to be more defensive minded, we can tell at least 3 of the fantastic four to do more job defending. I also agree that when having no ball, we must have at least 9 players defending, not 7. But Sosa is a bad choice really. Maxi, for example is also pretty good at defending. He can offer defense + off the ball movement + finishing + long range shooting. Sosa? just defend, that's all.

The one guy that has special role for me is Palacio. When playing for Inter (before Milito recovered), he was a poacher. He was almost like Pippo Inzaghi. But for Argentina, he knows his role which is "defensive forward". His defends was excellent. Not just in the Romania game, but Palacio always defense anytime he played for Argentina. Palacio problem for us has been his finishing, but his work rate is amazing. Palacio for me offers something more than defense.

So no Sosa please..


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 12:07 PM
0
I said it many times that I would love for Tevez to come back, providing the chemistry of the team remains intact and that was months and months ago.

I still would love him back because he's better than Palacio and El pocho (no brainer) but how after not playing for the NT is forever? ?


123tps
(United States)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 12:05 PM
0
Messay, i remember you from the World Cup Blog...

Great read bro... great read.


Messay
(United States)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 12:00 PM
1
I was a moderator in the world cup blog website some years ago. Great to see some of those bloggers here... Here are my two cents.

The only way Argentina will win the WC is by playing like spain! by spain, i am not referring to possessing the ball for 70% with short passes, back passes, cross passes and lateral passes... but what I mean is, the collective defense!

One thing i greatly admire about the spanish team has been how well they play collectively.

We have all hammered Sabela for his inclusion of Sosa in many games in the past, but sosa seems to give sabela something many of our other players do not. Sosa is not great at anything, but he is Decent at most things. He is decent going forward, he is decent in playing in the midfield and he is decent in tracking back and defending.

Remember defence has been our area of concern since 2006. I was baffled by the exclusion of Samuel & Zanetti during the 06 WC. Specially, when two of our back line defenders Ayala & Heinze were just returning from a severe knee injuries. Collocini, Scolani and Burdisso occupied a position that should have been Zanettis... however that team played a good collective defense.

Sabella, has stated many times how much he needs our forwards to track back and defend. If our forwards, including Messi make it a goal to close the gaps then i think we can be successful (i am sure this will be sabellas main strategies during the pre WC preparation).

The lack of a real enganche is a problem. Sabela has opted to let the play makers be Messi & Di Maria (although this is a wonderful option), the problem is... both these players love taking on defenders. But if the ball is stolen while they are making a run... then we are going to get chewed on the counters. We have often seen goals being generated by opposing teams when Messi looses the ball in barcelona games. Same with Di Maria for real. Both these players must be very very careful about not losing the ball in the midfield... they could take on defenders once in the final 3rd, but our midfield is a little thin as it is...

Anyways, if we decide to defend with 9 players instead of 7 when we dont have the ball, then i think we will be solid.


riquelme.10
(Canada)
Posted on 3/7/2014 at 11:47 AM