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

Sergio ROMERO: "Overcome quarter finals curse"

Sergio ROMERO spoke about the World Cup. Here's what he had to say:

"I've always said that we have to take Argentina to the top, it's time to overcome the curse of the quarter finals. We have to be in the top four. We have to return to the limelight and from there be the best, hopefully we're able to be there on the last day and win the Cup."




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Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 3:34 AM
2
Xavi and Iniesta is better with Messi not the other way around. Messi makes them better.


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 2:55 AM
1
Keneth , dont think in another way man. Outlaw understand me so i appreciate. Keneth i didnt mean in other way. We all are argentine fan man sometime frustration enable us to write our feelings and you guys dont take it as negative.


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 12:13 AM
3
@Sudhirfadi okay now i know you're trolling.


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 10:57 PM
0
Outlaw thanks man, you are true argentine fan. Thats the spirit .keep it up


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:13 PM
0
I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm willing to give an Argentine league winning and Copa Libertadores winning coach a chance after we gave Diego Maradona and Sergio Batista a chance to coach our national team. At least, Sabella has a proven pedigree as a coach and tactician. The other two couldn't find their head from their asses and never won a damn thing as coaches. Give the man space to work. He deserves it at this point.


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:12 PM
3
People are seriously trying to say that Messi is nothing without Xavi/Iniesta? Im sorry...but anyone who even hints at that notion is a fool plain and simple and knows nothing about the game.


Freeman E
(Namibia)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:53 PM
0
Romero is very focused on the task ahead. Sounds like this group is hell-bent on getting past the quarterfinal. Although I'd love to see Pastore, Willy and Musacchio/Fazio in the 23. I've resigned my self to wait and see what's the coach's plan. I believe the coach and his players are withholding something in these friendlies. Personally, I'd want to see some aggressive and incisiive attacking football over beautiful passing game. I've a feeling that it's gonna be a good tournament.


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 11:45 AM
2
"Mundo is place where we can post our veiws and opinions ,how can you point out as a negative and positive .if argentine NT is so positive then what the heil they are doing till now from 1990 onwards. Yes i am argentine fan but cant say romero is one of the top goalie. What we see we post here, how can negativity regarded as haters". I agree with Sudhirfadi.


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 11:27 AM
2
People have different personal choices on dofferent players but the truth remains that Sergio Romero is not a top notch goalkeeper which Willy Caballero is, the only credibility that Romero has that he has been playing for us forever, but a crucial world cup match wouldn't take this credibility, moreover he had been suffering from serious lack of playing time in his club which wouldn't help his cause either, my personal opinion is that Willy Caballero deserves to start for Argentina or at least a third goalkeeping spot before it's too late, cheers!!


Kutz
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 11:21 AM
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@Trini Pupi well said !!!!! really well said kudos to u !!!


el_payaso
(Trinidad And Tobago)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 9:42 AM
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@Trini pupi
wat part of TT u from man?


Trini Pupi
(Trinidad And Tobago)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 9:35 AM
1
I understand what Romero means....

As for the constant topic of *negative* or *positive* posts is kind of silly now. I never understood the inability to accept other people's opinions. The ability to form one's opinion on a team is neither. If i see a flaw in something and someone else doesn't it does't make either one more positive or more negative but simply shows different though processes. I have no problem with being enthusiastic but when it reaches the point where if anyone questions anything they are deemed as negative. Some people need to relax and accept that people have different reviews..this positive and negative thing is really somewhat childish. This is a discussion forum and people can speak their minds...not force or attacking people into believing one particular thing.


el_payaso
(Trinidad And Tobago)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 9:01 AM
1
we have a sort of iniesta and xavi
we have aimar and romy !!!

people there is a serious problem with basing your team on messi alone, we have seen it happen already!!
if messi gets injured ( knock on wood) What will be our plan then ????

Messi is ok being a creator but not that good.
Imagine Aimar or Riquelme feeding Messi as a second striker with Higuain (kinda like C.lopez and Batigol was)..........You would get get a massive more from messi, where all will have to worry about it the latter third on the pitch and scoring. This would be epic beleive me.

and my 2cents, I'm good with Romero as our number one.



Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 9:00 AM
0
Did anyone watch pastore startng at cntr midfield against levrksn.... Jst luv his style in ball, pure quality... Bt really lt dwn with his attitude, even they were in 1-1 draw at home jst nt gvng evn 50% effort on field.... Felt lyk he gave up his future at psg.... Cabaye n rabbiot gvng their 110% to impress blanc bt he plays too lazy n still lookd more classy than them... jst waseting his talent.... Hope he start a new career sumver else nxt season....


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 8:50 AM
0
Psg to offer pastore+lavezzi for ozil....!!! Ridiculous....


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 8:42 AM
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I think you like romero a lot.... Itz cool... Bt u jst imagine abt 20 saves against real madrid n dat frustrated face of ronaldo is more than enough for him atleast to give a chance to prove himself...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 8:37 AM
0
He s gud buddy, poor struggling in his team mates' non sense performances....


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 8:13 AM
0
Lloris?lol


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 8:05 AM
0
Itz not we hav any prsnl dislyk on romero... He may b gud bt nt a world class goal keeper... As we hav world class in all other dprtmnts itz an area f impvmnt... He is no where near casillas, neur, buffon, lloris etc for sure.... N moreovr he s not havng playng time for a long period nw... Same time willy made la liga team f the week even last week... In these situation sabella nt evn tried him in a 1 or 2 frndlies jst to evaluate.... Dat dspntd fans, datz y there much talks hpng on this...


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 7:26 AM
0
EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup - Gameplay Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO1HNUoDzxQ

I am so upset that they put all the teams in this XBOX video world cup trailer except Argentina..This really upset me man, it might not seems like nothing, but I look at this stuff as lack of respect for Argentina national team..Argentina and Sabella needs to bring back respect to our team and its beloved nation..


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 7:07 AM
0
Evn xavi n iniesta sayng he is tbe best evr in the history f football, evn christiano knw he is behind messi.... N we discussing here that who is the best.... Really poor.... N other reason for his dfrnc for NT is not having a decent coach as in barca, has to say.... Sabella is way btr wen cmprd to the others... Still even if pekerman cntnd aftr 2006 his national career wud hav been much btr for sure....


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 7:05 AM
3

I have been reading some of what the posters on here been writing especially about Romero..Some people act as if Romero is the one that is keeping Willy Cabellero out of the team and some how Romero is the worst goal keeper on the face of the planet..People here are making Romero out to look as if he's some kind of Villain and Cabellero is the hero type..I'm a fan of Romero since the 2008 Olympics and I continue to be a fan of his since this day...I am not making a case for Romero, but he has earn his spot on the team..I told you guys some time ago that you're looking at the next world cup winning goal keeper..I said several months ago that Messi,Aguero, Higuain, lavezzi, Di Maria etc can easily choke(God forbid) at the up coming world cup..Not reading too much in the Romania game but it kind of prove my point...While everyone was ''BASHING'' Romero leading up to the Romania game, it was Romero the one that stood out among all our other players who started...He(Romero) made some crucial saves yet people cast it aside as if it wasn't anything, saying stuff like oh,''the shots came right at him, so it makes the saves more easier''Really? If it was yours truly Willy Cabellero who pull of those saves, it would have been out of this world....

On the Semeone topic, its funny how some people are calling for Semeone and saying that Sabella is a failure without a ball being kick at the 2014 world cup..Sabella have been a more proven coach on the scene long before Semeone start coaching. I would take Sabella and Tata over Semeone any day..Yes Semeone is having some success at Atlety Madrid but that doesn't mean he will be great for Argentina national team set up..Scolari was great for Brazil but was a flop for Chelsea..Blanc was a flop for France at the last Euros but he's now doing great for PSG...This shows that you can be great at coaching at the club level but it doesn't automatically transpire to the NT..Pep Guardiola is a great coach but that doesn't mean he will be great at national team football..Frank Rijkaard was a great coach for Barcelona but he wasn't a successful coach for Holland..I would take Tata as Sabella replacement any day over Semeone..


The team is in great shape at the moment and their is no sign that Sabella will make many changes..Whoever is on the team bus to Brazil, they will have my full support..Biglia, Rojo, Fernandez, Banega,Romero, Garay and Gago will all reintroduce themselves on the world stage with a positive impact for our team..All these players will have BIG contracts from new clubs and improved contracts at their present clubs after the world cup..


Thierry Henry,David Trezeguet, Dugarry, Thuram, Pires, Blanc etc..None of these guys were playing at BIG clubs in Europe before they won the world cup with France back in 1998, a matter of fact, most of them were playing in the French league..Grosso was one of Italy most important player at the 2006 world cup, yet nobody ever mention his name, he never played for a BIG club before the 2006 world cup but he got the job done, even scoring in the semis against Germany, the same can be said for several other players on the 2006 Italian winning team..

Argentina does not need an ''all star'' team to win the next edition of the world cup..The guys we have can win the world cup..Winning the next world cup will come down to grit, strength, character, and tactics in the end. Sabella is the right person leading us in Brazil..


Greets!






Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 6:59 AM
0
N if xavi n iniesta can make any 1 score, why they r struggling without messi, why they cant acheive dat in their 125£ million pound super star pedro, or even at henry or ibra.... Itz not bcoz xavi n iniesta not in NT is the reason for his dfrnc in prfmnc, itz bcoz he has the role of xavi or iniesta at barca in NT...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 6:54 AM
0
Dnt knw why people cmprng messi at barca with NT even som1 lyk pele... At barca he is a centre forward n at NT he is behind two strikers as an attacking midfielder.... As his role differ prfmnc also differ.... If u want him to score as in barca, what is the need for two strikers infrnt f him, remove them n make him the main striker.... Really poor argument....


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 6:19 AM
0
I think romero n rojo are the only reason our dfnc lukng shaky, if they r replaced it will b fine... Dnt knw y sabella s stuck with romero... Evn he dnt havng playng time...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 6:12 AM
1
I think augusto is a brilliant call by sabella.... His ball control is exceptional.... Wud b vwry handy in central midfield i think, has gud creativity too.... May b in 4-1-3-2 frmtn against dfnsv minded teams....


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:18 AM
6
whoscored.com provides great detailed statistics that no other sites can offer. From there, we can tell the actual plus and minus of our players in something that we are not aware of. This is the result. Some of these might be totally new to us:
1. Federico Fernandez (Napoli)

Defensive Strengths:
*Offside won (offside trap). He is the best at Napoli at 1.9/game
*Ball clearance. The second best at Napoli at 5.6 only after Albiol
*Does not give up too many FK with only 0.7 foul/game
*Decent number of interceptions at 2.3/game
*Great in the air with 2.3 headers won/game, 3rd in the team.

Defensive weaknesses:
*Tackling. One of the worst attributes of him is tackling with a very low number of 1.6/game, the 11th best in Napoli.
*Block shots. Only with 0.6/game, 3rd among CD of Napoli after Albiol, Cannavaro, and Britos.

So the conclusion is Fede is a completely different DC to Barca's Mascherano who tops the team in tackling. Fede is not an aggresive defender, but is a smart defender with GOOD POSITIONING, that's why he has a lot of ball clearance and wins outside. The stats speak for itself. In basketball I'd compare him to Marc Gasol, a center with good positioning defense, but not great defensive attributes, but Marc Gasol was the defensive player of the year of the NBA anyway.

2. Hugo Campagnaro (Inter)

Defensive strengths:
*Defensive interceptions with 3.0/game. Good for second at Inter. Even when he was at Napoli, he was very strong at this.
*Ball clearance with 4.7/game. 4th in the team, 3 defenders are ahead of him in this including Walter Samuel.
*Decent at block shots and tackle 0.5 and 2.5/game good for 3rd and 6th.
*Not give up too many FK with only 0.6/game or 16th in the team.
*Good at aerial duel with 2.4/game good for 4th in the team.

Defensive weaknesses:
*not good at one of one defense as the opponent got past him 0.9 time/game, the 4th worst in the team.

The conclusion is Hugo is a very complete defender who has few weaknesses, however he is a team defender, not a good one on one defender. He is very strong at READING the game with 3 interceptions/game. However, his stats for a RB is not good. So Sabella better not play him as RB/LB unless he wants to go totally defensive. He would be perfect for a 3 men defense as the right sided central defense, just like his position at Inter.

3. Walter Samuel (Inter)

Defensive strengths:

*Very strong in the air with 3 headers won/game or FIRST in the team
*Very strong at ball clearance, the best in the team with 6.6/game!
*Very few players can get past him, only with 0.3/game or one of the best in serie A!
*Quite decent at tackling and interceptions. 5th in team in both.

Defensive weaknesses:
*Very aggressive defender with 1.9 fouls/game
*Not keen on winning the offside (totally the opposive of Fede Fernandez) with just 0.1 offside won/game
*0 block shot/game! No block shots at all. He does his damages in his marking before his opponent even has a chance to shoot when being marked.

Conclusion: Walter Samuel is a very aggressive defender who takes pride in one on one defense. He will not let anyone get past him and is a very strong marker. He is a one dimensional defender or a defensive specialist with very high defensive attributes.

4. Javier Mascherano (Barcelona)

Defensive strengths:
*Tackling the best in Barca and one of the best in La Liga with 3.5/game. We all know this.
*He is surprisingly the best in ball interceptions in Barca with 2.8/game.
*Average at ball clearance, the 4th among the CB of Barca with 3.2/game
*O.3 block shots/game, good for 3rd in the team.

Weaknesses:
-This is interesting, he is the BEST in the team at long pass with a crazy number of 7.4 accurate long ball pass/game! I put this as a weakness because as a defender, it is OK doing that, but he can not do this that much when playing for Argentina at DM! We don't need his long pass that much as DM. I'd rather have him playing simple pass game, instead of long pass. Totally the opposite #5 of the great Fernando Redondo who is amazing at simple passing.


I don't think I need to make all these for our attacking minded players as we can tell easily their strengths and weaknesses. For example we know that Messi is the best in the team in dribbling and shot in target. We all know that. Aguero is the best in dribbling at City. We all know that as well. Higuain is average is everything he does but has good goal and assist numbers. Di Maria leads the team in crossing. It is easy to tell that.

The defenders is worth to talk about. I can not make ones for Garay or Otamendi or Rojo since their leagues are not covered by whoscored.com.



Budhasmilez
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:18 AM
1
Tim Vickery's response to a question on inclusion of Tevez(Its very much in line with what majority here say)

Micheal Geraghty : How can Argentina leave Tevez out of the World Cup squad? He's a better player than Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, and Angel di Maria and every bit as good as Lionel Messi. He won the top titles in every country that he played in and will now do so in Italy. Furthermore he's not injury prone. He can take a belt and just get up and go on.

Tim Vickery: I wonder if this was written by Tevez himself, since there are suspicions that he might feel this way! His international record is in fact extremely poor - nowhere near as good as Aguero's, let alone Messi's. And while Messi and Aguero combine beautifully, Messi and Tevez have never enjoyed any kind of chemistry.

With their attacking strength in depth, Argentina can afford to leave him out. The last straw was probably his moan about the position he was being played in during the 2011 Copa America, when Argentina were struggling and needed everyone to pull together.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:18 AM
1
Plz avoid these unwanted talks.... That s what really creating negativity here.... This is the place where who love argentine football to open up their prsnl views on team, for their betterment, the concerns they have on team, players etc.... Som times that may b postv n som times negative.... All here are people who r wishing a gud tommorow of this futball nation... All r truly concrnd people, if not they not need to login here... If this site s only for praising all our palyers n performances n moves it will b truly ineffective.... This is the proper effective way and if anyone has any disagreements to any other's opinion plz reply with the facts.... I think that is the right way to run this.... positivity n negativity will result from hw we approach.... So guyz plz stay united n share ur views a healthy way....


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 4:44 AM
0
@abs. Whole world was saying argentina do not have xavi and iniesta so messi do not perform that level with argentina... Its not only me many footballing greats were arguing over this. Now time have changed messi shows his worth during qualifying round. He answer the critics. He is world greatest player ever in the game. But Abs 11 messi cant win a game , argentina lacks xavi iniesta pirlo type players. Lack of this type of players somehow it affect messi game. I dont mean to say messi was useless without xavi and iniesta, i mean to say messi is now world greatest player somewhere xavi and iniesta plays a role to make him great.


Abs
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 4:19 AM
2
@argentuban, and the rest:

I wasn't talking about negative comments, I my self say some negative stuff about few players who had bad performance or continuously suck with their team or the national team. But just as @baker said, I am sick of these people who keep posting nonsense about players who actually do great .. Like saying FF is not regular or Higuain is not a goal scorer, god, some are even saying Messi isn't any good without Xavi and Iniesta ?!

Just to say:
- FF played 26 games with Napoli this season so far.
- Higuain scored 14 goals in the Seria A and he is the 2nd goal scorer. And even more he have 7 assists in the Seria A with being the most player to assist in Napoli, and just 1 assist away from the leader in the Seria A itself !
- Messi Scored 18 and 9 assists !!


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:21 AM
0
Why oh why did Icardi have to get into that telenovela over that butter face.......ugh.

:(


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:19 AM
0
@baker: I was very concerned about FF not getting playing time. That has changed quite a bit in the past 6 months, and I am happy to see him develop into a great defender. I hope he continues to improve and build his skill set and experience. I am also happy to see Biglia get stronger, but he was one I was sure of.

Pipita is Pipita. He is a great number 9, and he will be key for our chances. Zlatan, Suarez are better, but that is hardly a slight. Since we have no viable backup for him, he will be especially important.

My concerns, as I have always stated, are the following:

1) Keeper - sorry, Romero is a concern. He makes great saves but he also makes some really scary decisions, and has been lucky that they haven't been against higher caliber competition. Will be especially critical in knockout stages.
2) Left Back - Rojo is a great center back, not a left back for his club.
3) Solidifying central midfield - if Sabella uses Biglia wisely may not be an issue
4) Backup to Higuain - true 9, not a midget.






Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:09 AM
1
I see this as our starting line-up at the summer Olympics at Brazil 2016 if we qualify,remember we can only use 3 players over 23 year's of age.4-4-2 geronimo rulli(1992),nicolas tripicchio(1996),lisandro magallan(1993),emanuel mammana(1996),nicolas tagliafico(1992),matias kranivitter(1993),bruno zuculini(1993),lucas ocampos(1994)'erik lamela(1992),juan iturbe(1993),mauro icardi(1993).Also luciano vietto and angel correa coming off as subs.


baker
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:59 AM
0
Any one can put negative or bashing comments but they should have some facts to back their claims...

FF is one of common victim here , i dont know whether they are actually his matches or not , he is been onr of the consistent performner for NT as well Napoli but still people want to replace him...
and some against pipita , i have no idea from where they are getting the thought process...

and some one need tevez too..........geeezzzzz



SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:27 AM
1
i agree with kenneth... mundo is fine!! everyone here is a supporter and has his own view,,, its not like goal.com where 90% of the comments are trolls... i suppose many of us here are frustrated because we haven't won anything since 1990!!!


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:14 AM
4
Mundo is place where we can post our veiws and opinions ,how can you point out as a negative and positive .if argentine NT is so positive then what the heil they are doing till now from 1990 onwards. Yes i am argentine fan but cant say romero is one of the top goalie. What we see we post here, how can negativity regarded as haters.


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 12:59 AM
0
Personally i feel like mundo is fine, yes i honestly grow sick of the haters on here and often find myself speed scrolling until i see a few notable reliable names.

@ Leandro, I like Reddit's format because for the most part they weed out the trolls and downvote them pretty hard never letting them see the light of day. Although the Soccer subreddit is a bit to "English" for me if you know what i mean.


FIL
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 12:53 AM
0
Higuan overated?? He is at his peak now for napoli....dnt jz cmmnt without seeing any match...atleast search for some reviews


Leandro
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 12:50 AM
4
I dont think we need a new 'Page' for the negative posters, or haters, or whatever.. I am sure they think the same of us fan-boys, lovers of the team.

Moderating forums is a very difficult thing to do. They could add vote DOWN buttons like they do on sites like Reddit, but that adds a whole lot of work on their end (dunno how much developer resources the team has and what budget) and also it will just mean that the trolls will create multiple accounts and game the votes, if they are not doing so already.

So alternatives are tough.. could hire a moderator.. but then it becomes a dictatorship.. they could grant the top Kudosed members voting down powers.. but that would create a bureaucracy that will eventually corrupt and perhaps make this one big circle jerk.

Freedom is the tune of the internet, lets learn to enjoy the fruits of this chaos.

If negative comments bother, then ignore them and they will go away.

The key here, is that mediocre things only thrive when the good sit idle. If you have something constructive to say, something positive for the mundo community, speak up and cast your vote. A thousand vocal fans will always silence the few trolls.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 11:10 PM
0
@ "El Payaso"
lol


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 8:44 PM
0
Huge loss for the Netherlands. One of van Gaal's key players had a major knee injury for Roma last week against Napoli and will miss the World Cup.

Spain and Chile have improved their chances of going through. Sorry if someone already posted on it.


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 8:20 PM
1
If only Aimar and Riquelme had played together regularly....oh that would have been a team. :(


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 8:18 PM
3
Higuain is not overrated. Is he at the level, relative to his position as a 9, that Leo or Aguero are at their positions? No. But he is a great 9.

Palacio and Lavezzi play well with the squad. Lavezzi is finding his finishing just at the right time, and his work ethic is second to none. He has a knack for getting goals in ugly matches for us. Palacio defends well and showed he can link with Messi well.

Gago is a very skilled player who will struggle with physical teams. That doesn't mean he isn't talented.

Romero is Romero. He had better learn to handle crosses and corners better than he has, or we will be in a world of hurt. That is fact. I don't see how anyone can say Romero is the best keeper eligible to play for Argentina with Willy, Orion, Barovero, etc.....that doesn't mean I want him to do poorly for the NT. But it does mean I recognize reality.

Tevez is an immense talent who must be the center of attention and has shown to not play his best for the NT. He has proven to hurt team chemistry, and his unwillingness to pass the ball at key moments cost us in the Copa America. These are indisputable facts.

@Abs: How does posting anything of the above not add to the discussion, or at least sum up the consensus most people have regarding these players? How is this nothing but negativity? I cannot infer, one way or the other, if you lump my comments, or comments like these, in your post, but I really don't think it's reasonable to expect everyone to talk about how great every player is at every position when that isn't the case. Players have flaws, and we are stronger at some positions than others. In some instances, because they are the best we have those positions. In others, because of politics and stubborn attitudes.

Now if someone comes on the board and says Higuain doesn't belong on the team, or that Messi isn't that good, or that FF or Biglia haven't improved dramatically in the past year, then OK, I would call bullshit. But let's be real here. We all know we are weak in our depth at central/box midfield, have no true left back, and have a question mark at keeper. We also have no true 9 backup for Higuain. These are clearly all issues Sabella has been concerned about, to a varying degree.

I would contend that we are not just here to gush and wax poetic about how superior any player is who wears the albiceleste jersey.

We have a chance at winning the World Cup. A very good chance, better than in 2010 for sure. Our draw looks good, our defense has improved, and we have some understanding in our attack. But let's be real, we have flaws, and even if we do win we will not go down as one of the all time great NTs in World Cup history. I take solace in knowing that the best/most complete teams rarely win this damn thing, and that might mean it is finally our team again at long last.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 7:57 PM
0
@arglover how was the belfica game?


Abs
(United States)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 7:53 PM
2
@Roy, and the management of @Mundo:

Like @baker, @Kenneth, and some others said, we are tired of those unrespectful users who keep coming with useless arguments for the sake of attention. And like I suggested before, we would love to have some sort of argument page, where these people can write negative comments about Romero, Higuain, Tevez, and who knows maybe even Messi next.

It would be great for them and us, so they can type whatever they wish without us having to deal with the nonsense they say, and even worse by skipping good comments by others just to scroll past the 78462 comments they right trying to defend their stup!d argument.

Please consider our proposal.


El Payaso
(United States)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 7:51 PM
0
so many Aimar fans here. Do I need to change the nickname again haha lol


el_payaso
(Trinidad And Tobago)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 6:33 PM
0
who u guys think is out our best creative midfielders available right now?

are any actually better than a present day Romy o Aimar?

Ive been a big Lamela fan and he has so much improvement to do I was hoping this season that could have been done, the whole Spurs issue occured and now we are here, Even if fit do you all think he will be ready for WC football?

I havent heard Ocampos mentioned but isnt he an option
actually if Perotti was in full flight like a few years ago , boy that would have been ideal to carry to WC on the other end of Di maria's wing.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 4:55 PM
1
I watched a bordeaux game replay ystrdy.... Jst watchd for orban.... I didnt feel anygjng poor in his prfmnc, is pretty decent..... And one thing i imprsd on him vry much dat os he made some vital tackles n blocks inside the box which are so clean, cmpltly on ball.... also commentators mentioned so many times about his prfmnc.... Who s better between rojo and orban in ur opinion...?


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 4:46 PM
0
I think aftr the world cup FF will be a barcelona player in exchange of mascherano as masch being a long term target for rafa benitez..... He is exactly wat barcelona need now, a tall monster in air, in a team with full f short guys expect pique.... And his style f play, cool n cmpsd will b prfct for catalans.... A gud world cup campaign shows a great chance of it for FF....


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 4:45 PM
1
Watching Garay in action right now and I am telling you it would be hard for teams to break Garay-FF pairing.


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 4:09 PM
2
Federico Fernandez v Torino
Pass accuracy 94%
Aerials won 67%
Touch 84
Tackles 1
Dribbles 1
Whoscored rating 8.5 (MOTM)
It was a pretty difficult away game in Turin and it was a complete CB performance by FF, not to mention Higuains match winner, a pretty good night for me.


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 3:53 PM
3
Very solid match by FF and the higuain game winner goal. Solid match overall for the Argentines...for all you FF doubters, I cant wait to see how FF shuts you off in world cup.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 3:46 PM
2
el pipitaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa baby


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 3:20 PM
0
Napoli beed better midfield


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 1:20 PM
0
Aguero injury shpuldnt be long but i dont care how long hes out as long as he is world cup ready


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 12:32 PM
1
@arglover: Blessed in talent. cursed in mismanagement and corruption.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 11:16 AM
0
http://www.goal.com/en-india/news/4063/exclusive/2014/03/17/4690332/messi-keeps-on-getting-better-says-sabella


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 8:09 AM
0
Lt him tak som time....


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 7:56 AM
0
When will Aguero be back? After 2 weeks or 4 weeks?


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 5:47 AM
0
I too believe biglia wud b a good choice over gago, coz he adds little more solidity in midfield n his long rangers r impressive, also set pieces....


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 12:27 AM
1
i would love to have some easy games in the knockouts but i dont fear france or portugal or even germany... its a world cup and you just dont win it by beating the minnows .. :)


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 11:18 PM
0
we will reach the final but I don,t know if we will win or not I had dream where we faced brazil in the final and messi was attacking the Brazilian box then I waked up this is not joke I had the dream let us hope it becomes reality and we win the cup


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 11:09 PM
0
no we will face Switzerland in the last 16 and belguim in qf that is my prediction


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 10:59 PM
0
Just a Hunch:
We will face France in the round of 16, and Portugal in the QF.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 10:50 PM
0
Our first game in the WC against Bosnia will be Father's Day on Sunday.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 4:40 PM
0
Guzman is having a great game for newells


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 4:35 PM
1
Guy's there is a new superstar in the making outta of newells old boys his named is ezequiel ponce and only 16 years of aged. I seen him play already,es un crack.



argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 4:11 PM
0
I would love to see Messi leave, but could only see him going to 4 or 5 teams tops. In the EPL, only Chelsea and Man City have the money. In Italy, Inter have the money. PSG in France. Bayern if Adidas somehow pushed it. All long shots, with Inter and Man City the most plausible of the long shots. I only wish it were true.

Barcelona is a financial mess and will have shit players in the coming years because of it. He should leave, but he won't.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 3:31 PM
0
Messi u absolute beast! What now haters?? If only barca made better purchases instead of wasting time on song and neymar. They couldve bought a defender moved masche to cdm and bought aguero!


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 2:12 PM
0
Because it seems Messi never really bothered with the numbers and look what happened, nm allowing Barcelona to disrespect him by giving you know who more money before even stepping on their pitch and proving himself.





outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 2:11 PM
0
also Palacio, Denis and Larrivey (2) scored.


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 2:05 PM
0
How the hell does gaynaldo make more Benjamin's then leo is it becuase of his shampoon and gel sponsors.


dollon
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 1:57 PM
0
Messi got hattric aginest osasuna...


. you r simple the best ever..


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 1:51 PM
0
Exactly Dfox, this goal can be made only in Argentina and please watch this goal to realize the reason why we die after this nation even more than our native country even after 28 years of heart breaking blood stained tears.


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 1:49 PM
0
Messi Hat-trick and assist.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 1:46 PM
0
Pay the MAN Barcelona and another assist.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 1:44 PM
0
Hatrick!! awesome LEO!!


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 1:20 PM
1
2nd Goal by the Master LEO.

There could only be one.


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 1:17 PM
2
Up until today's match, Lucas Biglia has made 71 tackles in only 16 matches (3 sub appearance), Biglias tackles/game ratio is 4.27;
The player with most number of tackles in Serie A is Arturo Vidal, 99 in 24 (2 sub appearance), tackles per game ratio is 4.13; I have said it before also that Biglia is one of the best tacklers at the moment in world football.
Source:Whoscored. com.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 1:00 PM
0
Didnt we win in 86 when grondona was president? After this WC he is retiring thank god!


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 12:41 PM
0
Romero has always been like that but some how he is no 1 for our team this proves that there is corruption in the selection process we would have won a cup by now if not for grondona


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 12:28 PM
0
After seeing those bloopers i am totally convinced Romero should be thrown out of the national team


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 10:50 AM
1
I knew the day the chicken head came to town was the beginning of the end for La Pulga in Barcelona.

They could have easily gotten Super Kun when he left AM but no wonder they never made the move since there was a cloak and dagger agreement with his AGENT, cough cough to come to Barcelona.


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 10:40 AM
1
The only team I see messi playing beside Barcelona is Newells old boys.




marindrianto
(Indonesia)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 10:13 AM
0
@Boudou

Oh.. why did you upload the video? Why did I watch? Now I am going to have nightmare.


Boudou
(Lebanon)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 8:13 AM
0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZynS7SMoCiY

A great video to watch about the great performance of our number one goalkeeper...


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 8:03 AM
0
Tevez can be only used if we want to remove Messi from Argentina team, so guys who want to see Carlitos in the team should make the choice, either its Messi or Tevez, both of them on the Pitch=Disaster.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 7:53 AM
0
Zanetti - Ayala - Samuel - Sorin

-------Simeone----Rendondo

-------------veron-----------

-----messi-----------ortega

------------batistuta--------

2md XI

--Sensini-----Chamot-------heinze

---------Mashernao--cambiasso

-----maxi--------aimar------kily

-----------crepso------caniggia


baker
(India)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 7:43 AM
0
he he , @elprincile: easy easy

look at that amazing pass by dimaria....



el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 7:23 AM
3
Guess what? Good news. You know if you want to talk about Tevez, I found a perfect place for you!

http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/f1/signup

that's a fantasy football since it won't happen in real football.

Oops it is a American football, my bad... :o)


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 7:15 AM
0
That crazy dribbling of Di Maria shows what a perfect counter attack player he is.

Honestly when facing Romania, I expected Romania to attack us because I want to see our deadly counter attack. Watch out other teams! When you attack us and leaves just a bit open space, we have 3 players who are capable of running the ball in split seconds: Di Maria, Messi, and Aguero.

Tevez? in your fantasy football maybe :)


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 7:09 AM
0
@arg2014

Tevez? yawn yawn yawn...


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 3:51 AM
0
City with aguero and messi would be amazing! The team is so sick!


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 3:21 AM
0
If Messi ever leaves Barcelona I want him play for Arsenal.


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 3:18 AM
0
@Kenneth: ...and the amazing volley pass to Ronaldo which he missed eventually

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAyAw9RfPRI

This player plays with his heart any team he plays for. I remember the game at La Paz, where everybody was playing safe to save breath but Di Maria played like he was playing at Bernabeu.


Tutigol
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 3:09 AM
1
And before someone brings it up. Aimar's problem was that he was a fantastic playmaker but not a true No. 10.

If Aimar were just a half generation younger he would have fit into the crop of Xavi, Iniesta, et. all that heralded tiki-taka madness and the quasi replicas of this idea over at Man City with Silva, Nasri and the like.

He was ahead of his time.


Tutigol
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 3:04 AM
0
@Chalz -- Redondo was one of the most under appreciated players of his generation. Severely under-utilized by the NT after 1994. Perhaps he was the missing link in that 98 world cup team that was great but lacked just a little bit of pause in the midfield. (Though to be fair they seemed to be just fine scoring goals).

The Paradigmatic No.5 and No.10 tandem are the two most Argentine futbol positions in character, and we've been treated to many greats over the years, though Redondo maybe the best No. 5 ever. It's a shame that with the developing emphasis on box to box athletes in the midfield (and a resurgence of the classic 4-4-2 in Europe and internationally) we are unlikely to see many great NO. 5's really contribute outside of Argentina's Primera Division.

Mascherano was one of the best CDM's on the planet before joining Barca and converting to a CB, but he really lacked that metronomic precision passing that set Redondo apart. He was more of an enforcer.

Gago is also a good No. 5 but always struck me as just a little softer than Mascherano, and not quite as good as the other two in disrupting the opposition. Still, he had a couple of Standout seasons for Madrid and I really felt he was the anchor of the team in the Liga winning season right before he was sold.

Cambiasso is another one who I felt was a good No. 5 under Mourinho at Inter but appears to be used in a more traditional central midfield role. Jack of all trades, master of none. He'd probably help a great deal on the current side, but still doesn't quite live up to what we had in Redondo.

The truth is just as the Riquelme was probably the last great traditional 10, Redondo was the last truly great No. 5. I wonder if they'll disappear entirely fro the game, or as with many things these types of players will eventually come back into vogue?


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 2:38 AM
0
I do not want messi to go man city , i want him to go that club which have good history and still european power houses eg milan clubs, man utd, real madrid, liverpool or juventus. I hate messi joining man city, chelsea or psg.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 2:13 AM
0
I really hope messi goes to city!!


sandy
(India)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 1:14 AM
0
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=2296986/index.html


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 1:04 AM
0
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1994383-messi-contract-dispute-could-see-argentine-leave-barcelona

Interesting, very very interesting!


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/16/2014 at 12:51 AM
0
@arg2014: Agree on you first 3, but not your fourth. Palacio and Lavezzi are good and play with the team, and a 7th forward (after adding Icardi) would be too much.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 11:59 PM
0
What's funny about the bloggers on here is that they pretend that we will manage with Romero and he's good to a certain degree, but when Willy impresses them with a great display against tough teams, they start to digest the bitter truth is that without Willy we are not 100% sure we can pass the test of the WC.

People live on momentum and this is natural from a psychological view, but isn't time to really comprehend that Sabella did make a huge mistake in the goalkeeping department by implying his favorites/friendship of players? You know when that happens in business, a disaster is waiting.

Willy, Cambiasso, Lamela/Icardi and Tevez (yes Tevez) will the be the missing pieces of the buzzle come June.


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 11:31 PM
1
http://gfycat.com/ImportantDrearyBat

Di maria, what a beast!


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 11:19 PM
0
Thing i like best about Barovero, he never seems to drop a cross/long ball, he has excellent hands and is always superbly positioned, even though he is a stick.


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 9:58 PM
0
@argentuban your right about barovero,in the domestic league they are really good goalies like saja,barovero,orion,nahuel guzman and are future goalie from estudiantes.


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 8:58 PM
0
@Poto: Barovero is a stud. He should be on the NT with Willy and Orion ahead of Romero and Andujar.


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 8:45 PM
0
Me and my whole family love river plate and when funes mori was playing boy what can I say what a disaster, un pelotudo.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 8:37 PM
0
Willy would improve our team but unfortunately mr sabella is ignoring him and preferring a sub keeper it is crazy but that is what is happening I doubt some thing like that can happen in other teams


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 8:28 PM
0
@Poto: against a second division club, no?


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 8:22 PM
0
Rogelio funes mori scored 4 goals WHAAAAATTTTTT.


123tps
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 7:52 PM
0
fantastic run by di maria in that game


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 7:44 PM
1
And our genius goalkeeper thinks that to win the World Cup we need to get past the quarterfinals to get to the semis. Thanks a lot, Captain Obvious. With you, I doubt that will happen.


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 7:43 PM
1
Caballero was superb with absolute shit in front of him. And Sabella will ignore him for his pet. Ugh.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 3:59 PM
0
meanwhile cabellaro had a very good first half against madrid... if it wanst for willy la liga's WorsT defense would have already conceded few goals!


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 3:56 PM
0
@Chalz, 100 kudos to you for this amazing writing, I wanted to rememorize Redondos ability and searched for him in Youtube, in came his manutd performance, the video had a tremendous song from Ellie gouldingd "The light won't stop me" which is one of the best songs I ever listened and this all happened because of you.


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 3:31 PM
0
Man City - Got red carded on 17th minute and still won an away game by 2 goals. Next game - Fulham (home)

Chelsea - Got red carded twice and lost an away game. A complete disaster. Next game - Arsenal (home)





Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 3:26 PM
0
2 Brazilians redcarded for chelsea so happy when brazilians fuck up! 3 match ban for ramirez!


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 3:09 PM
0
The problem was madrid didnt have confidence in higuain! Look at what hes doing at napoli! Plusbenzema does not play well for france! Higuain plays great for nt!


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 2:47 PM
2
Please don't reply to Outlaw, a troll made in heaven


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 2:40 PM
1
Imagine if Redondo had been on the 98 squad. :(

Oh how I miss him.


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 2:32 PM
1
@Chalz: Many in Argentina feel that Sabella is not calling up the best players, and many want Tevez on the team, for example. They feel he play favorites with his Estudiantes players. It's very divided and passionate. Some feel with Tevez we can win it all (and only with Tevez) which is a little insane given that our weakness is not at forward, but everywhere else.

Others genuinely see the weaknesses at goal, defense, and midfield and are predicting another disaster. Wasted talent at forward due to not building a real team.

Many are very critical of what they see as double speak from Sabella: He wants to find solutions for his team, but he doesn't try new players. He says there are good goalkeepers in Argentina to look at, but he hasn't checked (hasn't called any of them or used them!). Same for guys that he even calls and doe not use like Lisandro Lopez.

Many are simply resigned to the fact that Argentina will lose again, and blame Sabella and Grondona for it. No Argentine I know of on the boards or in the country wants di Santo on the team.



guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 2:14 PM
0
To say Messi relies xavi and iniesta is rubbish messi is not unskilled player who stands near the penalty area to score tap in Leo is technically gifted player who can dribble the whole stadium this idea that messi relies on xavi and iniesta is theory that is being invented by jorge mendes and people who are close to ronaldo to bring down messi only those who don't know football buy into it any one who plays the game can see Leo is the most gifted player now and perhaps ever he plays better for argentina then for barca nowadays wait and see at the World Cup


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/15/2014 at 2:12 PM