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Posted by Roy Nemer (Roy Nemer) Friday, March 14, 2014 Go To Comments

Alejandro SABELLA: "I have about 80-90% of the list"

Alejandro SABELLA spoke about Sergio ROMERO and the players for the World Cup.

Alejandro SABELLA commented about Sergio ROMERO starting for Argentina and the players going to the World Cup. Here's what he had to say:

"Except for an injury, ROMERO has always played under me. He's the one who has the responsibility between the sticks."

"I have about 80 to 90% of the list for the World Cup and it's going to be difficult for there to be any surprises, but not impossible. We're always scouting, I'm very happy with the players we have from midfield and up."




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christian10
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 9:45 PM
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Call up Speroni!! He deserves at least a call-up to compete for the starting position! He's better than romero, andujar, orion, etc. 9 clean sheets in the bpl. Without him, his team would be in jeopardy. I just ask Sabella to call him up for at least the backup spot.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 12:33 AM
0
Lionel Messi wears Paulino Alcantara’s vintage Barcelona shirt as mark of respect after beating scoring record

http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/lionel-messi-wears-paulino-alcantaras-vintage-barcelona-shirt-as-mark-of-respect-after-beating-scoring-record/


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:20 PM
0
Hw can romero gt compared to casillas.... I doubt even spain's no: 4 or 5 is way btr than romero.... Its very open dat as a goal keeper romero's weakness, and even if v comparing to our other world class deptmnts, the goal keeper is way behind frm dat level.... And if u r mentioning 2 or 3 saves in romania match, wat to say about 20 saves against a wild real madrid.... And even last week he made la liga team of the week overcomng world class valdes, lopez, courtis etc... Still v ignore him n say dfnc is our biggest concern... Dnt knw wat does it mean...


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:00 PM
1
I'd like to see one you guys stop that shot Ronaldo took for Real Madrid's goal vs. Malaga. That thing was a fucking rocket. You can't blame a keeper for letting that one in, at that distance, with Ronaldo with the ball at his feet. C'mon. I agree, Caballero is far better than Romero, but you heard the guy in the article up above. There are only 2 spots on this team that are a question mark and it's definitely not at the keeper's position. As far as comparing Romero to Julio Cesar or Iker Casillas, again, c'mon. Those two guys have been playing in Europe for most of their careers. Romero isn't a garbage keeper but he showed up vs. Romania. If we get that performance or better from him in the World Cup, I think Sabella will have proved all us "experts" wrong.


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 12:21 PM
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@Abs: So because other teams are dysfunctional and make bad choices, we should too? I agree we aren't the only team with title chances who have an issue in goal, but let's be real. Julio Cesar and Iker are way more accomplished at club and NT level than Romero. Look at JCs performance in the Confederations Cup. Iker has won 2 Euros and a World Cup. Romero.....the Olympics against under 23 squads.


Pino
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 8:13 AM
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Caballero is a lot better than Romero. Caballero demands respect and you see it when you wacth him play. Romero had a good game against Romania and Caballero also had a good game against Real Madrid, LOL.


Abs
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 4:07 AM
1
@joesoccers:

I don't wanna keep getting into this argument, but I would like to add one more comment about Willy, and I hope that doesn't read as I am against him getting a call up, nor I am the biggest fan for Sabella...

In every national team in the world there are players kept out for no reason, and I won't go over that discussion as well, but I'll narrow it more to the GK position..

- Spain first GK is Iker, yes he is one of the best in the world but he doesn't even start for Real Madrid for about two years now. And the funny thing, the number one for Real Madrid doesn't even get the call up for the national team.

- In the past few years, Brazil had number of good GKs, but the call of Julio hasn't stop, even when he was playing with QPR in the Championship, and even worse when he joined Toronto.

- German has always had great GKs and in times most of the GKs who doesn't get the call up can play in any national team in the world.

- Heck, even Saudi Arabia's manager ignores the best GK in the country for two years now, and stick to his first choice GK. And he evens call some sub GK who have 0 mins with their teams ahead of the best GK in the league for two years in a row.


joesoccers
(Canada)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 9:53 PM
1
80% to 90% of a 23 man roster leaves room for 3-5 players.

3 of which would have to be goalkeepers.

if caballero is not one argentinas top 3 goalkeepers then there is another agenda keeping him off the team.

that means, argentina hasn't learned anything and it's always the meddling and personal agenda of the federation and coaching staff that holds back the team.

simeone is the coach this team needed. you can tell he's extremely respected and will put the best out there and get the best out of them.


Abs
(United States)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 7:38 PM
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One thing to read from Sabella's speech..

Romero is the number one, and we are pretty much set for the world cup from the midfield up. That's mean unless there are injuries, the list will be typical to what we've seen over and over again except for a player or two in the defensive line !!


Abs
(United States)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 7:37 PM
1
@Sudhirfadi:

Really ?! .. Don't we have any good player ?! .. Not even Messi !! .. What a fan ??


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 7:44 AM
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@riyadh Lol


Riyadh
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 6:39 AM
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Sabella need sppedy football playing argentina like Brazil.argentina Playing style is too much slow.
http://24worldnewsnow.blogspot.com/


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 4:35 AM
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Lamela is projected to be back on April 12 or 15th or something against West Brom. After that game, there will be around 5 more league games. So there is still hope.


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 1:18 AM
0
I think Lamela will missed this WC, bring another name Mr.Alejandro


sandy
(India)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 1:13 AM
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http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=2296986/index.html


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 3:46 PM
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Willy could have saved Real Madrid goal he is partially at fault there


HIRA
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 2:48 PM
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Alejandro Sabella: "The World Cup squad list is 90% complete."
"The list of players for the World Cup is closed by 80-90%. But you always have to assume that players could get injured."
"We now have a good group of players who get along on and off the pitch and also comply well with the coaching staff. Just like every sport, there are individuals who get in problems with the coach. So personal relations are always important."
"Have I talked with Tevez? No, there was never contact between us. I have not spoken to Carlos."
"You know, I have a good relation with many players who are not even on my list."
"Will there be four goalkeepers on the list of 30? Let's see, we are thinking. There could be one more goalkeeper on the list which I'll submit on May 13, I still two months in hand. Anyways, with the goalkeeper spot there is an advantage, you can change it if anyone is injured."


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 11:47 AM
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@below - agree


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 9:48 AM
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I think gago is weak biglia is much better


vish
(India)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 9:25 AM
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Friends, i find so much of pessimism among the Argentine supporters. Relax guys, we are going to be the WORLD CHAMPIONS. Have faith in our squad and our coach, please.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 9:24 AM
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@outlaw, well said


argentine
(Ghana)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 8:10 AM
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hope Romero do not disappoint us and on SABELLA he only calls his favorite players,lets pray it works for him


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 7:22 AM
1
Sabella, We need more young players. Where from his stupid unduly prone to older players and fear of youngers. He ought to risk like Bielsa in 2004 in Copa America and Olimpic tournaments. I remember that team, like beautiful and perky footbal they've been showing. We were better team than Brazil in Copa America 2004 final. But We had a lot of young: Collocini, Mascherano, Tevez, d'Alessandro, Rosales, Delgado, Saviola.
We need someone great in midfield behind Di Maria. I mean Gaitan, Maxi Moralez or young Cartabia. Not useless Banega, Alvarez or Lamela.
Just watch about Fede Cartabia last game in European League. He's driving force of Valencia and still more resembling to Messi. He could be our second Messi or our Reuss.
Here is only one he's game not by a long shot the best:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw8bLCfMx6w


dollon
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 6:43 AM
1
my favourite argentina team for world cup..

1.willy carbeol.
2.mascarano.
3.gray.
4.faderico farnandez./(2:3:4.for defence)
5.zabaleta./right defensive midfilder.
6.gaitan./left d.medfilder.
7.biglia./only defensive midfilder.
8.maria.
9.messi.
10.aguro.
11.heguien.


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 6:39 AM
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Lisandro Lopez scored.


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 6:20 AM
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Albiceleste lost under Peckerman is due to wrong subs and strategy after leading, so do Maradona lost against Germany due to wrong formation, players selection and over confident with the attackers strength, These must be a great lesson for Sabella to focus and brings all his best strategy to beat the opponents. Luck and fortune be with Albiceleste.

The curse is over, Arg have the best players in the world and the time is right, it is in the South American soil.


Nithe
(Nepal)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 4:51 AM
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it is just like a crime to expect surprise selection from Sabella. I think he has almost all list completed. There is no chance of inclusion of new players. If he includes also he will never plays them. Our squad and style of play can easily be predicted by other teams.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 12:04 AM
1
having best player in every position doesn,t mean success remember france 2002 and brazil 2006 our team is good and sabella is very much defensive coach and that is what we need


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 11:43 PM
0
for me 95% players had confirmed his place in the list of Sabella, no new names unless injured issue; now is the time for Sabella to ponders and focus on tactics and formation; initiative strategy are needed to win WC, playing dynamic under 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 or diamond formation with a single lethal striker. On fire players are needed to brings back the Arg 1986 glory.


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 11:32 PM
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@messi genious lets hope man. But with some of our player its difficult to lift wc. They need to replace.hope Agusto,sosa,peruzzi,lisandro, disandro,lamela not in final 23.romero and rojo are ok but i will be happy if sabella finds some influencial mid fielder and good goalkeeper.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 10:49 PM
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I think this is our destiny to win the World Cup in the maracana brazil home so we can forget all our pain in the past and Leo can silence pele once and for all


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 10:47 PM
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I am optimistic a lot of people here are underestimating how a different is playing in South America our team is very much good and sabella is not fool he is tactical manager we have little issues but every team has the same there is no perfect team and on top of that we have Leo no other team can say that we have a player who can go past 5 players and score or create chance and our attackers have matured a lot so let us have faith


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 9:22 PM
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Its true beside brasil , germany,spain, itali we have good players in paper.We should be happy with this players........ Romero( monaco sub), gino peruzzi( seria A relecated zone),FF( napoli sub),bassnta ( monterray)campagnaro( inter sub) lisandro( bbva mid table club), otamendi( brasilian club) rojo( we all know) , mascerano ( playing out of position for many years),banega and gago( flopped in europe), agusto ( celta vigo) sosa( ath.madrid sub), lamela ( 30 m flopped), aguero( injury prone) higuain( overrated) lavezzi(3rd choice striker in psg) , maxi( didnt play high profile league ), messi( do not have xavi and iniesta),palacio(lack of consistancy on goal), di maria( remember if anceloti was not coach) ,garay ( not a high profile diffender)zabaleta( lack of diffensive power),biglia(worse in killing passes) ... Being a argentine supporter i trust them and hope to win world cup2014 in south america.



Leandro
(United States)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 8:29 PM
0
Haters gonna hate.

I watched the last City vs Barca game, if there are two players we know we can rely on at the cup, its Messi and Mascherano. Very good performances from both. Zaba also played well, but he WILL pick up a dew yellows, Campagnero might play a few games for us at left back, Zaba can be a tough little grunt.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 5:55 PM
1
Thank you Pachorra for the kind words.

I just don't think the team should be judged solely based on their recent performance.

I'm not trying to make any excuses, but when was the last time all the players played together?
Pitch was awful, I didn't say but Messi who is not known for making excuses said so.

UEFA game coming up for the two biggest stars on the pitch.
Not playing at home like many others, except the Germans who could have easily lost at home!! hint hint.
Messi throwing up was not an excuses so I wont use it as such.
Finally, the players didn't go full speed or even half in my opinion because getting hurt is just not an option in a meaningless game.




Alam
(India)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 4:53 PM
0
this team is built around messi.in my personal view thats the starting reason of our team downfall. no team will win the world cup if they create one man arme.batista,maradona and now sabella is doing this.i really dont think its a oiled machine team. it dont have function.bilardoand maradona wins the cup not because they are one man team but because of bilardo invent 3 5 2.this is the formation which gave argentina the cup. its really annoying to see 424 system of sabella and messi.how the hell these two think they are going to win the cup.i prefer a team of functional team.BRING bielsa,simeonior pochettino,tata mortino.These all are the coaches which have the history of functionl teams with great leadership quality players in thier squads.i hate to say but its again going to become a curse for us to become a quareterfinals..nothing more than that.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 4:09 PM
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Argentina went to a very low realm after 2007 Copa América... that the present regime of Sabella seems to be a Golden age for most..... Actually yes Sabella did lil better i repeat lil better than the previous two..... But with such talent and class at his disposal....Sabella forgot to create a team...... He chose dropped chose dropped and Just followed the previous footsteps. He could have done much more. Lord of rehrets only. Anywayz as @holytoledo said .... I second his opinion.
.
Sabella is to be blamed for any exit in WC.


Pachorra
(Vatican City State)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 3:42 PM
1
Sorry guys... But this forum is starting to feel and sound like a 12 steps... "positive thoughts people"... Nothing personal against Dfox who I think is an avid and intelligent panelist... But, we have to touch ground at some point people, less then 3 months shy of D-Day and we do not have a team... Ask Gago... what in the heck happened to him?! Mascherano can't shoot a straight ball and Biglia and Banega are water down versions of a good version of Gago... Forget about our defense, we have no midfield...


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 3:19 PM
1
Positive thoughts people, positive thoughts.



holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 3:11 PM
1
Yup Chalz, what we are seeing here is the legacy that Julio Grondona will be leaving behind. Thinking of all the players that have pulled on the albiceleste and haven't won anything (not even a damned Copa America) just breaks my heart. Don't forget, he's also an SVP of FIFA so he's learned corruption from the best of them. It's like Garca-finishing school.

For what it's worth, there are several good coaches that won't work with AFA because of the Grondonas. The most glaring example in my opinion is Marcelo Bielsa.

Pachorra, I agree. I have low expectations too and hope that like Bilardo in 1986, will shut my mouth. But I think after the last two monkeys (Maradona and Batista), I'm willing to give Sabella a chance. At least he won something significant as a coach and can be considered a 'real' coach. He knows how to put a team together but the question is, can he put this one together with these players. If we fail, I will blame him solely. With the players at his disposal, he has no excuses. As far as seeing the team as a bunch of individuals, that's how I felt about Maradona's team in 2010. That's why Germany completely dismantled us. I hate to say it, but I kind of expect that to happen again in all honesty.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 2:59 PM
0
i still cant understand how many of frenz here still support sabella . . .


Pachorra
(Vatican City State)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 2:31 PM
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I sincerely hope this guy shuts my pie hole in Brazil... But I honestly have to say that I've never had such low expectations for an Argentinean team... I just do not see us as a functional team yet... Just a bunch of individuals put together depending on mere personal talent...


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 2:11 PM
0
pablo.d, well said.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 2:00 PM
0
happy that this fellow sabella will be thrown out of ... after the world cup . . . but gerardo martino taking over . . . omg . . . have to wait to throw him also out then . . .!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
.
hope for grondona & bilardo to be thrown out . . . they destroyed the Royal Argentine Football History.


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 1:48 PM
0
Our weakest position in my opinion is in midfield. Which for me is a big concern because without a proper midfielder to lay passes off to DiMaria or Messi, Aguero and Higuain won't get one decent ball at their feet. I know the defense has some issues but I'm willing to give them time to gel and become a solid unit, I just hope we don't play a team that likes to cross the ball into the box because if we do, we might be boned. I'd like to see a Cambiasso or a Guiñazu type player but do we have one that is a great defender and able to throw down some wall passes with Messi and DiMaria? Biglia is the closest thing I've seen but he hasn't had enough playing time with Messi and DiMaria. Maybe Jose Sosa? Gago is a great offensive midfielder but not so good coming back on defense and tackling. Mascherano used to be able to play some pretty damn good offense but since he's been in Europe, he's been used solely to break down opponents play. But in all honesty, judging from what Sabella's comments are above, it sounds like the only thing that might change is a few new faces on defense. "I'm very happy with the players we have from midfield and up." Midfield and up is done and dusted. Don't expect a call up for the likes of Tevez or Icardi unless there's an injury.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 1:47 PM
0
As for the 10%, I don't care if it's Estudiantes ball boy, as long as it's not Carlos Tevez, we'll be fine.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 1:44 PM
2
"We're always scouting" then why is willy not given a chance as you would have seen he is in fantastic form.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 1:27 PM
1
At least he didn't say I have 100% of my squad.

Cambiasso is a vey good choice and I hope he does select him in time, he's been there and done that as well.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 1:25 PM
0
Maanus we have enough attack.


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 1:25 PM
2
The remaining 10-20% = Leandro Desabato, Rolando Schiavi, Enzo Perez, Rodrigo Braña, Mauro Boselli and Gastón Fernandez. Haha! No, really, I kid, I kid.


maanus
(India)
Posted on 3/14/2014 at 1:17 PM
0
Plz include cambiasso .......we need good midfielder
Same like Brazil , Germany , Spain , england .....we have now dmaria only the attacking midfield we need more attacker....


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