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Posted by Roy Nemer (Roy Nemer) Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Go To Comments

Alejandro SABELLA: Difficult for CAMBIASSO

Alejandro SABELLA spoke about Esteban CAMBIASSO and Mauro ZARATE.

Alejandro SABELLA spoke about Esteban CAMBIASSO's chances of making the World Cup and Mauro ZARATE's chances of making the team. ZARATE was rumored to be called for Chile (his father is born there) but he turned it down. Here's what SABELLA had to say:

"We were taking CAMBIASSO into consideration for the last match but he wasn't called. It's going to be very difficult for him to make the list of 30 players."

"Hopefully all the players arrive at the World Cup in good form, the team for the World Cup is practically formed."

About ZARATE:
"I haven't rulled him out, we'll see."




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Freeman E
(Namibia)
Posted on 3/23/2014 at 12:09 PM
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I took time to watch Cambiasso carefully (Inter vs Atalanta) just to see how Cambiasso is playing since there's been a lot of noise about his exclusion from the NT. My conclusion is that, the old veteran is overrated here on Mundo. He's ineffective and doesn't deserve to be called up, he's strength is his passing but I don't him doing better in the Gago/Biglia role. I rest my case.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/22/2014 at 8:03 AM
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@deb what u sayng is absltly right.... 2 atckng mid isn't sfcnt to supply enough balls to 2 strikers.... Nd wat force masch n back 4 to long balls is lack of sply to strkrs, espcly if leo is cmpltly markd.... It us sure dat evry opnt will trgt messi so we shud use dat as an advtg by pulling strngs thru som othr guys.... If 3 men is apntd to mark messi we shud use the space lft by those 3 to atck wit som othr guys... Dat shud b our plan b... If they realise dat de pkan s nt wrkng they atmtcly lose thier cnctrtn on messi n he can strt express himslf....


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/21/2014 at 5:04 PM
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@trini: Exactly on Maxi. CM/DM indeed!!!

@freeman: There is a difference in having an opinion that Cambiasso is not good enough for the NT, another entirely in saying Maxi is a better DM/CM than Cambiasso when he isn't even a DM/CM. Citing him as playing DM/CM for Liverpool is wrong. It isn't an opinion - it's factually incorrect.

As for comparing him with Redondo, he is as good defensively as Redondo was. He certainly is nowhere near the same league offensively. He is also the most decorated Argentinean at the club level in terms of trophies - more than di Stefano. He is a leader at Inter for a reason.....


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/21/2014 at 3:51 PM
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@trini

cambiasso started along side masch in 2006 because lucho was injured... pekermen favored lucho over cambiasso especially during the initial stage of the wc..


trini
(Trinidad And Tobago)
Posted on 3/21/2014 at 3:14 PM
1
Freeman your facts are wrong. Cambiasso started with Mascherano in DM in 2006 World Cup . Maxi played on the right Riquelme AM with no LM because of Sorin's running up an down. Cambiasso did score that incredible goal and he is the captain and the 1st name on Inter squad since the Murihno days in Inter. Murihno was quoted as saying he (Cambiasso) is the smartest player he has ever coached.
Also I am a Liverpool fan and Maxi either played RM or LM in his time at Liverpool where he was average.
Cambiasso is a better defender than Redondo and just as good as a leader. He is not in Redondo's class going forward however.
If you are going to have such strong opinions at least get your facts right.




Freeman E
(Namibia)
Posted on 3/21/2014 at 12:14 PM
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Agrentuban, You are entitled to your opinion just like I'm to mine. I get my info from watching the matches for your info. Let me take you back into time. When we trashed Serbia 6-0 in 06 before Lucho got injured, Maxi was playing CM deep alongside Masche, before Cambiasso came in for Lucho. I've seen Maxi play Cm very well for Liverpool and Atletico and very effectively too. Redondo was world class CM/CDM, had athletic ability to track back quickly as well as make forward forays. Comparing him with Cambiasso is an insult to Redondo the great. Besides the wonder goal in '06 what else impressive has he done for the NT? I only remember a pass to Crespo thru against Germany in a friendly, that's it. For me he has been an ineffective cosmetic player who is not needed in Brazil. he's even way behind Yacob, at present.


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/21/2014 at 12:46 AM
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@Freeman: I don't know what you watch to get your info, but Maxi Rodriguez is an attacking wing/midfielder. That's what he played under Pekerman and Benitez. At Liverpool he either played wing in the front 3 of the midfield in a 4-2-3-1 or the wing of a 4-4-2 in the 4 man midfield. With Pekerman in 2006 at the World Cup, he never played CM. Always on the wing.

He has rarely played central midfield in his career, and did mostly (and still rarely) when he was at Espanyol and Atletico early on.

To say that he has played CM a lot is one grave error in your post. To say that he is a better CM than Cambiasso is quite ridiculous. Maxi isa great winger/attacking midfielder. He is not a central/defensive midfielder by any stretch of the imagination - you only need to see the disastrous 4-3-3 of Maradona in 2010 against Germany to know that.

As for Cambiasso being too old....Maxi and Cuchu are both currently 33. Campagnaro, another regular on the team, is also 33. As for too slow, they said the same about one Fernando Redondo, who was a master of positioning. While Cuchu is not as good as Redondo, he too is a master of positioning. You can be Speedy Gonzalez, but if you don't know where you need to be on the pitch and where you need to be going, it does little good.


Freeman E
(Namibia)
Posted on 3/20/2014 at 10:29 AM
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I see that Cambiasso has a huge fanbase here. Many guys are calling for Cambi forgetting that Maxi can also play DM better. He has served before in that position with success for Pekerman and Rafa Benitez at Liverpool. Cambi is too old, too slow for this team. The only problem I've is with off the ball defending. I think the Masche and Gago/Biglia leave too much space between the defenders when we're attacking not becoz Cambi is not in the team.


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/20/2014 at 6:43 AM
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Di Maria is the player who will work the hardest in the team like he does with Real Madrid. He defends, he dribbles, he runs, he passes, he shoots, he takes long set pieces and corners. Tell me what he does not do except goal keeping. We often get mad at him for losing possession or shooting off target or making long passes too much. But for a man who does so much work for his team some mistakes have to be granted.


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 3/20/2014 at 5:49 AM
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Di MAria role is important, with his speed and long passing ball he can be our creator factor beside Messi;
Banega is a fighter type along with Lavezzi, these 2 players are needed and will help to secure our win during tough opponents.


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/20/2014 at 5:04 AM
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@Deb: That midfielder that you are talking about who will play in front of the two DMs and who will not have to bother about losing ball, that midfielder should be no one other than Messi. Because, no one is more creative than Messi. But as Messi does not have good defensive skills or physique and as he does not want to track back to recover lost possession, playing Messi as a midfielder would backfire against the teams who have good midfield (ex: Spain or France). Overall The team should look like this.

-------Gago/Biglia---------Mascherano-------

-----Messi/Banega/Gago-------Di Maria/Maxi---

-----------Aguero/Messi----Higuain----------


And that's what Sabella is doing currently.


Deb
(India)
Posted on 3/20/2014 at 3:40 AM
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When you have the best forwards in the world all in the same team (like we have in Messi, Di Maria, Aguero and Higuain), having 2 DM's and 1 extra midfielder wouldn't hurt. I say let Mascherano and Gago shoulder the responsibilities of 2 DM's and let's have Banega / Biglia / Maxi R / Ricky / Lamela / Sosa as the other midfield player. Someone who does not have to bother much about losing the ball (like Banega does), because there are always 2 DM's behind. It's like free license to show your creativity. Plus, this 3-man midfield would also allow our full backs to participate more in our attacks. A win-win situation for me.

The 2 main things we need to ensure in Brazil are 1) there's no shortage of supply to our attackers, 2) enough men are deployed to defend counters and quick attacks.

A 2-man midfield wouldn't guarantee either of these 2. A 3-man midfield would most probably do.

And yes, Lionel Messi can relax more on the field, stay fresh and use 100% of his genius.


Deb
(India)
Posted on 3/20/2014 at 3:30 AM
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The main creative player for us will be Lionel Messi. No doubt about that. Occasional long balls and passes aren't that bad, but the basic philosophy of our game should be ground passes and calculated movements with Messi orchestrating things.

Like Messi to Di Maria, Di Maria to Aguero, Aguero to Messi, Messi to Higuain kind of attacks. Not Mascherano to Higuain and boom. That is not how Sabella would plan up our attacks.

So for this particular style of play where Lionel Messi creates the play, passes to the other forwards while himself surging into the box and either finish or make an assist, IT IS MANDATORY that he should be placed higher up the pitch most of the time. As I said before, if Messi continues to drop down to midfield and collect the ball and then do his stuff, it would mean he has to cover (twice * 1/2 the pitch) every time Argentina has a successful attack. Right from Messi collecting the ball in the midfield to him running upto the farthest possible to impact a goal. That's not what we want. That's too much of a workload, plus by the time he reaches the box he would be half as fresh every time!!

I sincerely hope Sabella would field an extra midfielder in the knockout stages and henceforth. I mean to beat Bosnia and Iran, you might not even need your Team A to be honest. But once you are through, there are at least 360 minutes of high intensity football and all that within just a fortnight may be. The best player in the world needs to be as fresh as possible. And as close to the goal as possible.



pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 2:11 PM
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dammage7:"I dont care if a player isn 21 or 37.
The BEST players should be picked"
I totally agree!!!


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 1:15 PM
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Roberto pareyra is impressive.... I think wud b a much btr choice than sosa.... Dnt think sosa make squad, he s nt evn gtng playng time at atletico.... Statrtd aftr a while last week, n subd aftr 50 mins for a vry poir first half.... I think he only tuchd the ball for som set pieces.... Nthng else....


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 12:14 PM
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The best thing about Sabella is-He is a great analyzer of the game.He always does his homework.He always analyzes opponent team and players,identifies threats and make plan to stop them.

Another good thing about him is he knows the magic to improve a player.Today's FF is Sabella's work.People give too much credit to Mourinho for Di Maria's development.Truth is Mou improved Di Maria's defensive ability and versatility,but also turned into a dirty diver.Sabella has installed responsibility in him and successfully turned a pure winger into more effective CAM.If it was not Sabella,Di Maria would sit into bench for permanent basis.

If Mourinho improved Di Maria's defensive ability,Sabella has improved his personality.


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 12:09 PM
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@ Outlaw, nobody wants to prevent your pessimism, we need both optimism and pessimism here but don't want to see nonsense and ridiculous comments.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 11:34 AM
1
''Alejandro Sabella and his aides returned from Europe, where he observed six Parties (Bayern-Arsenal and Getafe-Granada, for example)''

I ask myself this when I saw this Sabella quote..Why would he watch a game between Bayern vs Arsenal? The answer was easy, because they both have German international playing prominent roles for both Bayern and Arsenal..If you guys think Sabella is a fool or something, you better thing twice..I will always respect Sabella, a coach who took the great Pep Barcelona team deep into extra time before Messi clinching a win for Barcelona over Estudiantes, is someone who deserve all respect, at the time Sabella almost accomplish what many failed to do in Europe against Barcelona at their peak..


msi2
(France)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 11:25 AM
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el principe> Looking at your list for a potential 2016 Olympic Games, let's hope some of the names listed there will break out because right now, none of them promise that much (maybe with the exception of Lucas Romero the kid from Velez) currently.


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 11:22 AM
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Rahat: "@outlaw, sudhifridi, dammage7 etc, u guys may post some constructive comments but not the type of comments what u are posting right now. U don't post reasonable logic to convince another person. U guys should be more moderate in your approach. U people are way too much aggressive in your behavior, which is not right in a civilized world. We are all here like family members. I hope U do not use these types of language with your closer ones. Etiquette is a worthy thing which reflects your personality".

Rahat where is aggressive in my posts? And I am the one who was beset from these who forgetting the Mundo is both optimist and pesimist funs. If you have incurable optimist Kidult you have also pesimism of Dammage. When I am criticizing I am still justyfing, supporting my opinion. I wrote repeatedly why I am not convinced to Higuain...

Kidult@:"I don't get some people, if you don't like Sabella team selections and you're not sure about us winning the next world cup, why post here then? Don't you have something better to do rather than coming here with your pessimistic approach towards the team..I don't need to read your comments if its not constructive..".
But who is sure about us winning the next World Cup? Nobody has so confirmed in this like Kidult;) But We can never be sure till We aren't crazy and unreasonably. That is to be truly fun. And frankly speaking I don't believe We will beat Brazil in Brazil but why for that pesimism I would be lesser, worst fun that Kidult? It is hardly to be fun when you are pesimist. Harder than when You are an optimist. And for that reason I believe more in my presence here after possible lost WC than presence of a lot optimist from Mundo.

"Imagine Lamela goes to the WC. Last year (at Roma) that would make perfect sense. Nowadays it would be nonsense. Sure he is talented but he has shown nothing this season. Gaitan on the other hand". I agree.

el principe@ I hope that Matias Sanchez won't be end's up like Banega. Unless Banega AD 2007.


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 11:21 AM
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Juventus has targeted Udinese midfielder Roberto Pereyra.
hereisthecity.com/en-gb/2014/3/19/juventus-closing-in-on-udinese-midfielder/


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 10:29 AM
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@haman, Lamela is overhyped and not pure Argentine talent! Really..!!??


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 9:44 AM
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I dont care if a player isn 21 or 37.

The BEST players should be picked.

However its only natural the coach will pick some favourite players. We all have our players that people disagree with, the same will be with sabella

Pekerman had Cufre and Scaloni
Maradona had guiterrez, palermo, ariel garce, bolatti,

The squad that batista had though was really good!!!


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 9:36 AM
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Off topic:

A)Who you guys think has the upper hand in the BPL thus far? I say Man City with 3 games in hand, they for me is in a better position..All I need is for Chelsea and Arsenal to play to a draw this weekend..

B) Which team you guys think will win the Classico between Real and Barca? I'm giving Barcelona the edge in this one..

C) Which quarter final team will be the best option for Barcelona in the UCL? I say either Olympiacos/Man United, anyone of these teams would be ideal for Barcelona, especially Messi would get Raul record over two legs against any of these teams..I don't mind Barcelona playing either Dortmund or PSG..


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 8:01 AM
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The great coaches can manage everywhere be it club or country, Weren't Marcello Lippi or Vicente Del Bosque Champions league winners as well as world cup winners??


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 7:40 AM
1
Yes Richard, Lamela not that pure Argentine talent. This overhyped River boy shouldn't make the squad of a sane human being not to say an expert coach, and as its obvious he's not gonna make it. Gaitan on the other hand is that Argentina pure talent with all the attributes of hard work and pace, but it seems Sabella doesn't know where to deploy him!
He's purely a winger and the best sub for Di Maria, but sense his place is changed to side mid Gaitan's chances would drop in favor of Ricky and the unwanted Sosa!

So far, has pecked the best striking option in Messi, Aguero, Higuain, Palacio and Lavezzi.

Still confused in recruiting the best candidates for his midfield for two remaining spots.

Settled the defense with a bunch of solid players, but not the best out there, maybe due to late progress of Musaccio and Fazio's performances unlike Gonzalo who was up to his best when the squad was being shaped.

Egoism in players selection when it comes to Caballero and challenging the fans' well as well as Romero late drop in performances or the instability that increased people's doubt in his ability to protect Argentina's net in the WC, but no Sabella, who dropped his two cents on him and blocked the doors in Caballero's face!


TheVickerman
(India)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 7:32 AM
1
Thanks for that article El Principe, very interesting indeed and Simeone does make a point about managers taking charge of the NT at a latter point of time in their careers in general, which made me think about it a bit.

Managing a club vs the NT are quite different in terms of challenges. One requires practically daily operational involvement (Training sessions and formation implementations game-by-game which surely will take a long time), being a strong man-manager and mentoring the players on a daily basis to aid their professional (and sometimes personal growth). A manager of a club along with the whole staff have to strategize for league and cup runs on a weekly basis. Managers have time on their hands to nurture their players and make them buy-in to the philosophy and ideas of what he wants to do. He makes an interesting point about 1 such player, Raul Garcia. Being a Liverpool fan, I can easily quote the examples of Henderson and Sterling, who were talented but looked really average for 1.5 seasons. But with Rodgers working with them and mentoring them for so long, these 2 player have been stand-outs for a team surprisingly in the top-4 and with an outside chance to sneak into the top 2!

Coaching the NT is a little different - and perhaps places more onus on the overall strategic and tactical flexibility of the managers. He and his staff plan for Tournaments (2 weeks to 1 month) or qualifiers (spread over a vast time period), and need a more ready-made team which is able to "plug-and-play" and adapt quickly to different tactics and smaller changes. This might require players with more flexibility (eg. a Campagnaro or Basanta or Palacio ) who can play different positions quickly), understanding of each other (eg- Fab 4), unity and spirit (eg a happy Lavezzi) , or sometimes just a blind belief in whatever the manager says, play for the team and system , and not question the approach or have self-doubts (eg. Estudiantes players familiar to Sabella's approach). So when the players get together at any point of time to play for the NT (outside of the tournaments,they have very little time, sometimes just 3 or so days) , the focus immediately shifts to acclimatization, fitness training, and implementation of strategy to counter the next opposition. Team chemistry, tactics buy-in and player maturity are expected to be a given for the NT.

Now in this forum, a majority of the readers have the following issues. Let's see if we can take a moderate approach to quell these problems:

1. Team selection : This probably takes 90% of all discussion here :-) (me included)!. We all have problems with who he calls and who he doesn't call. While I am quite certain that Sabella has his favorites, could any of the above also be the reason he hasn't called at least a couple of them? Think about it.

2. Poor Manager/Kick him out/Bring the next one in: Some of our friends here have become too disappointed with the team selection and have already written off our chances. They want Sabella out , and are hoping for the next big manager in (Simeone, Pochettino etc).
I was quite certain of it before, and the Simeone article just confirmed it for me. The smart, young managers will most definitely test themselves at club level for a much longer time. Stop expecting it to happen. Prior to Sabella , I remember a faction of folks who actually thought Pep Guardiola was going to be the NT manager! :))

Now focus on the positives. Isn't this an over-reaction? We didn't lose to Romania. True we could have done better, but people are losing much sleep over nothing.

Sabella is not THAT bad a manager. I too fault some of his selections (I am not in favour of injury-prone selections, and players who aren't regularly playing for their clubs) , but he hasn't produced horrific results folks. On the contrary, he has done fairly well in managing the QF and results. Be a little patient and see how it plays out. Diego Armando Maradona took us to the QF for gods sake, surely you trust Sabella a bit more than Diego as a manager? :-)

Try to focus on his ability to get the best of his players in a short period of time, and be tactically adaptive enough to get results.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 7:30 AM
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Argentina don't really have tendency to change too many player in every World Cup except:
1. WC 1990 squad to WC 1994 squad
2. WC 1994 squad to WC 1998 squad

the WC 1998 squad is not too different from WC 2002.

Then WC 2006 squad we came with a lot of new players. The WC 2010 and 2014 have many same players like Romero, Masche, Maxi, Di Maria, Aguero, Higuain, Messi, Otamendi, etc.

How about the WC 2018? Age wise, these players will have their final world cup because they will be too old by the 2018:
1. Mariano Andujar (34)
2. Agustin Orion (36)
3. Pablo Zabaleta (33)?
4. Hugo Campagnaro (37)
5. Jose Basanta (33)
6. Maxi Rodriguez (37)
7. Javier Mascherano (34)?
8. Lucas Biglia (33)?
9. Ezequiel Lavezzi (33)
10. Rodrigo Palacio (36)

Other than Zabaleta, Masche and Biglia, the other 8 age wise will have their final World Cup this 2014.

Of course there are players who still look good at their 30+ like Maxi and Campagnaro this year for example, but we should be ready to regenerate.

The positions that we need the most due to age factor are RB and DM. Masche can still probably look good by 34 based on how he plays, but we need a replacement. I don't think it is good to have Masche's status as "untouchable" at 34. Zabaleta is not known for his speed, by 33, he would be even slower. So we definitely need a young RB here. The fantastic four will all likely play one more WC in 2018. So will Gago, Garay, Fede, Rojo, or Romero (if they all maintain their form).

Olympic teams squad normally will represent our squad in the World Cup 2 years after. As many as 7 starters in Aguero, Di Maria, Messi, Masche, Gago, Romero, and Zabaleta were the Olympic gold medal 2008 players. 2 others who were part of the team were important back ups: Banega and Lavezzi.

Brazil today squad is similar to their 2012 silver medalist squad.

So I really look forward to the Olympic 2016. I hope the 3 over age players will be the World Class ones. We will have:
GK: Walter Benitez (1993), Battala (1996)

DF: Tripicchio (next Zanetti) (1996), Lisandro Magallan (1993), Carlos Ruiz (1993), Alan Aguirre (1993), Emmanuel Mammana (next Ayala) (1996), Joaquin Ibanez (a left winger turns left back) (1996)

MF: Lanzini (1993), Fede Cartabia (1993), Lucas Ocampos (1994), Leandro Paredes (the next big thing according to Riquelme) (1994), Lucas Romero (1993), Matias Sanchez (next Banega) (1996) Adrian Centurion (1993)

F: Juan Iturbe (1993), Luciano Vietto (1993), Sebastian Driussi (1996), Ezequiel Ponce (1996), Mauro Icardi (1993)

Add 3 over aged players there and we will have a decent squad. I am not sure if the likes of Messi will join this time because there will be Copa America special edition a month before the Olympics.

Well let's hope that we will qualify first.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 6:43 AM
1

Simeone: Coaching Argentina is one of my goals
by TomConn | Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone is quickly becoming one of most high-profile coaches in Europe, but the former Argentine national team midfielder recently admitted that one of his goals in his career is to go back and manage his home country.

Diego Simeone

In an interview with TyC Sports, Simeone first spoke about the upcoming Champions League quarter-final draw.

“We know that we’ll be a problem for whoever we’ll be drawn against because we’re a competitive, hard-working team that gives their all to continue this run, then we’ll see. Now comes the difficult part. We played 15 bad minutes at Milan and 15 bad minutes in Madrid. If we allow that to happen against a better team than Milan, then we’ll get eliminated.”

Simeone went on to discuss the pressures from the critics and his hopes.

“Throughout a coach’s career there are moments and that helps you grow. I live under pressure, because football is today, all the good or bad you did yesterday doesn’t mean anything today. If we don’t pass the quarterfinals, they’ll say we aren’t meant to play at this level. That’s how the critics are. If you don’t interpret it and accept it, it’ll be hard to live with the criticism.

“My dream is to do the best I possibly can with the players I have. We all want to be champions, we’re not going to deceive ourselves. But the excitment of being a coach is seeing your player improve. Look at Raul Garcia, a player the people criticised and didn’t want, who left the Calderon to a standing ovation against Milan, for us it’s an honour, more than a championship, because it could go to strengthen the will of a player, who had a different reality. Like Diego Costa, Godin, Courtois…”

Simeone then stated that he would one day like to coach the Argentinean national team before discussing his previous coaching stints at Racing and Catania.

“Being the manager of Argentine is definitely a goal that one imagines in their career and I envision a long career. But at the moment, I see myself as a manager on the training pitch. Being a national team manager is different. The best managers, Luis Aragonés and Del Bosque have managed the best national team in their latter years. They are fitter to be national team managers. I feel very much alive, the objective is there and I hope to reach that goal when we’ve both reached the best possible moment.

“It’s been a long time since I manager Catania and Racing, well, maybe not a long time, I remember a lot of anxiety, nerves, a wealth of ideas, all mixed into one. Today things are a little more organised. What helped make my way to Catania was passing through Racing. When I took over Racing, they had two points and it was very difficult to save them from relegation. We started off poorly, it was a group I knew well because I played with them and I knew what I could get out of them and in the end, with five games left, we were safe. In Catania, it was a bit of the same, the team was bad and from low to high like always, we were creating something great.”



Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 6:29 AM
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In a way Sabella confirms that he himself comes up short. He likes to work with players he knows and rates past achievements and friendship (between players) higher than current achievements, fitness and form.

There are Argentines playing better than certain players in the national team. Many of us have stated time and agian that players like Caballero, Gaitan, Fazio, Gaitan and Musacchio belong in the team. Sabella does not select them. Apparently he can't make a team out of our best players.

Imagine Lamela goes to the WC. Last year (at Roma) that would make perfect sense. Nowadays it would be nonsense. Sure he is talented but he has shown nothing this season. Gaitan on the other hand...

I am pretty sure Sabella would rather take Lamela than Gaitan. How stubborn can you be?


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 6:23 AM
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Nithe ''I think Cambiasso should at least be given chance to show what he is capable of.'' This is so funny, You make it sound like Cambiasso never played for Argentina...If Sabella doesn't want to select certain players you can't blame him..I don't see Scolari trying to select Filepe Melo, Kaka, Ronaldinho and Elano or Italy coach Prandelli is trying to select Del Piero, Gattuso, Luca Toni and Totti..What I have notice with the most three recent Brazilian coaches is that they have certain players they stick with..

Dunga preferred players like Robinho, Melo, Kaka, Elano,Lucio and Jaun etc..

Mano Menezes then drop the old guards and try to bring youth into the Brazilian team, giving players like Neymar, Thiago Silva, Dos Santos, Lucas Lieva,Hulk, Marcelo,Pato, and Ganso a chance..

Scolari like Sabella had is own findings in Gustavo, Davia Luis, Paulinho (although he played under Menezes it was Scolari the one that put Paulinho on the map)..Scolari also reinforce is trust in players like Neymar, Oscar, and Hulk dropping players along the way in Pato and Leandro Dimao etc...Dante is feature in more playing time at Bayern than Luiz at Chelsea, yet Scolari sstart Luiz rather than Dante.The majority in Brazil would argue that Dante is better than Luiz...You would think that Kaka and Ronaldinho would be the first two players on Scolari list given that they won the world cup with him..While many in Brazil out of passion want to see Kaka and Dinho go to the world cup, Scolari have other ideas and not bending to the pressure.

All I am saying is that, know matter how much we rant here, or who we want to see play, Sabella select the players he trust in, on the field and off the field..Sabella should not bend to any pressure from the outside, that is usually a bad sign for any national team if the coach select whoever the fans are screaming for.


baker
(India)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 3:08 AM
0
we do have 4 DM
masch
gago
biglia
banega-[as per sabella he is DM]

i think biglias recent perfromance with NT is justifing the exclusion of cambiasso and people please dont underrate gago for just one bad performance he has done tremendous job for us in qualifiers


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 2:38 AM
0
I hate some argentine players but at world cup with god in heart i support them actually they are carrying our spirit and support at mega event. Gago straight pass and passing only messi, rojo lack of filling space, romero inconsistancy , midfield problems are making me bore . Many players who are not in nt can fulfil this problems but sabella is mentally avoiding. Inspite of these still i support this beautiful football playing nation. Hope every thing ok but sometime it pains man. Our commenys are our feelings not to interrupt u all and disturb mundo. Try to understant man its only because of frustration.


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 2:29 AM
0
Rahat frustration enhance us to write. Man i am not using bold word neither i want. Sometime it make us enable to write where some members are criticising our coments without a reason. Its our view and opinion. We are true argentine fan and hope our nt at 100% and set.thats it.


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 2:09 AM
0
Sabella should change his statement with "Nothing is impossible" rather than "Difficult for", Cambiasso is ver slim to join the WC, The Boss prefer and already have Ricky,Augusto,Banega,Biglia,Maxi,Lamela, Gago and Masche. Sabella just let the fans flow with the Tevez, Romero,Cambiasso issue and topic. He have focus and make his mind clear with the players selections.



haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 2:05 AM
1
I don't believe in rumors!


Rahat
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 1:12 AM
1
@Kidulthood, Thanks for this analytic post (by Tim Vickery). I am quite curious about the fact that how can u be so confident that We are going to win the WC? Just asking (not offensively)...

@outlaw, sudhifridi, dammage7 etc, u guys may post some constructive comments but not the type of comments what u are posting right now. U don't post reasonable logic to convince another person. U guys should be more moderate in your approach. U people are way too much aggressive in your behavior, which is not right in a civilized world. We are all here like family members. I hope U do not use these types of language with your closer ones. Etiquette is a worthy thing which reflects your personality.


shOvwar
(United States)
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 12:50 AM
1
I think us MundoAlbiceleste members should be the coach. Cos we know better bout his current players personally and know the team chemistry.


Nithe
(Nepal)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 11:16 PM
1
I think Cambiasso should at least be given chance to show what he is capable of.


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 11:01 PM
3
I won't lie and say that I'm not disappointed with the exclusion of Cambiasso.
To tell the truth Esteban was never a hit for the national team but with gago's fitness concerns and Biglia being the only DM backup I would've liked for Sabella to select another defensive minded midfielder but it is what it is and Sabella thus far has earned my trust and so I have to believe in his decisions.

The GK and the LB are the more immediate worry right now and as much as much I like Romero his lack of playing time may very well comeback to haunt him in the world cup.
Now Caballero's outspoken nature may have cost him his place in the WC and while I think he's a fine GK, I don't think he's the answer to our woes.
For me the most important factor is one's match fitness and as of right now Orion seems to be the most match fit of all the 3 GKs and thus he should get the starting spot IMO.

The LB is and will be a problem come the WC since Rojo isn't good enough to be on the NT and as much as I want him to shut me up I am almost certain that he will end up costing the Ablicelestes dearly.

Guys you all have to remember that FAITH plays a big part in any coach's decisions. Sometimes a coach's faith is repaid in folds (think paolo Rossi in 82 or Klose in 2010) and sometimes that same faith costs the coach and his team dearly (think maradona and Tevez in 2010).
Personally I have chosen to place my faith in Sabella's decisions and this may end up being a wise or silly decision but we all have to remember that we're only observers here and in 3 months we all have to decide whether to support the albicelestes or not (regardless of whether we agree or disagree with Sabella's decisions).
As a fan I have supported the albicelestes through the think and the thin and I am not about to change now.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 10:30 PM
0
SulaV Uruguay is too over reliant on Suarez and Cavani...Forlan is not the same anymore..I do agree that Urugauy have a strong attack but their team depth is not strong enough to last in a 7 game tournament..What if Suarez or Cavani pick up a suspension, they will struggle to compete long term but will go at least to the quarter finals..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 10:16 PM
1
Sabella's attacking thinking has Argentina ready for the World Cup.
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Javier Mascherano may turn out for Barcelona at centre-back these days, but he affirms that he still thinks like a midfielder, which is just as well for Argentina's World Cup challenge. Mascherano will have a key role to play in Brazil in three months' time, sitting in front of the centre-backs and offering protection on a team that is built to attack.

He knows he is in for a tough time. "Our way of playing means that we end up having an imbalance," he said recently in a fascinating interview with Ole!, Argentina's sports daily. "Picking four players with such attacking characteristics [Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria] implies that at times we suffer defensively. We are not a team who attack based on possession or order. We are an anarchic team, with very anarchic players."

The warning flag is flying, then, especially for those who remember how Argentina's World Cup adventure ended four years ago. Mascherano certainly does. He fought a lone, losing battle trying to hold off the attacking hordes of Germans who steamrolled their way to a 4-0 win in the quarterfinal. Argentina's lack of balance between attack and defence, so evident in the previous round against Mexico, was brutally exposed. The logical fear is that something similar might happen again this year.

There are, though, some crucial differences between the Argentina of 2010 and the 2014 model. The major one is in terms of planning.

Four years ago, then-coach Diego Maradona got carried away in the heat of battle. He had taken over in an awkward situation. Halfway through the qualification campaign, Argentina were in big trouble. There was a real and justified concern that they might miss out altogether on the World Cup.

Though it was never easy, Maradona got them over the line. It appeared that he was constructing a relatively cautious team -- the local press, in the run-up to the World Cup, spoke of the influence of Italian football on Maradona's tactical thinking. A few months before the tournament his team played a high-profile, high-octane friendly away to Germany. They won 1-0. The Germans had a single shot on goal.

Why, then, were things so different when they met in the World Cup? The main explanation is that Maradona fell victim to his own excesses of emotion. Suddenly the talk in the Argentine camp was of revolutionising the game with an ultra-attacking line-up. Space was found in the team for Carlos Tevez. He had endured an awful qualification campaign, scoring just once and twice being sent off in the first half of crunch ties, and had quite justifiably been left out of the team.

But he has a bond with Maradona -- both poor kids from the peripheries of Buenos Aires who became idols at Boca Juniors. In went Tevez, out dropped Juan Sebastian Veron.

This move front-loaded the team, taking away Messi's supply line. It also robbed the side of the man whose task on set pieces was to head the ball away at the near post -- Veron had performed this function this time and time again when the sides met in the pre-World Cup friendly. Come the tournament quarter-final, however, he was not on the field. In one of their opening attacks the Germans won a free kick down the left, Argentina defended badly on the front post and found themselves a goal down, chasing a game that slipped ever further away from their grasp.

This illustrates the difference between now and then. Back in 2010 Argentina's imbalance was a spontaneous development, something that came to be during the course of the competition. This time, the process is the result of careful planning.

Current coach Alejandro Sabella confesses that in a perfect world his team would have more possession and wouldn't open itself up to such defensive risks. But during the qualification campaign he came to the conclusion that the current line-up was the best way to take advantage of the characteristics of the players at his disposal.

Selecting Angel Di Maria as part of a midfield trio has clear consequences; it means that the team will be direct and lightning-fast on the break. Having him plus a front three -- Messi behind Aguero and Higuain -- clearly puts a strain on the defensive unit. But if the game is going to be an open one, Argentina trust that the riches of their attacking resources will tip things their way -- especially now they are getting the best out of Lionel Messi.

This was Sabella's great triumph in the qualification campaign and it was born at half-time in Colombia, when Sergio Aguero was introduced. Messi and Aguero combined to turn likely defeat into a morale-boosting victory, and Argentina were away on the road to Brazil.

Sabella worked out that with Aguero and Higuain both working from wide, there was plenty of space in which Messi could operate and plenty of headaches for the opposing defenders. The attack, then, has been built around the quest to get the most out of Messi. There could be no repeat of four years ago, when against the Germans Messi was forced to forage deep to try and set up the play for Tevez -- a clear case of footballing nonsense.

There is no doubt about it; Argentina are taking risks with the attacking line-up they have selected. But the risks are much more calculated than those which led to the 2010 campaign ending in tears.


By Tim Vickery



SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 10:14 PM
0
@kidulthood
i am not sure about Uruguay ... their strength is attack... and they can beat any team on their day!


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 10:05 PM
0
Park bus teams at the upcoming world cup;

Switzerland, Uruguay, Portugal, Greece, England, Iran, Russia, Algeria, Ecuador, USA, Australia (Australia will end up being a park bus team because that's the only way they will stand a chance in Group B, other than that, I would have put them in the open play category)..

Open play teams at the upcoming world cup;

Brazil, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Holland, France, Japan, Korea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Bosnia Herz, Croatia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Cameroon, Mexico..


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 9:35 PM
0
I think by now we know sabella won't call surprise names but will stick with his troops let us hope he works in the tactical side the team tactics are more important then the individuals and let us hope we get lucky luck is important to win the cup


Trini Pupi
(Trinidad And Tobago)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 9:22 PM
1
I think Cambiasso,Samuel (those 2) would be useful at the world cup.
Their experience,quality are without question.

The only concern i would have is possible physical issues but Chu Chu(Cambiasso) has shown like Zanetti to know how to take care of himself. Basing his performance on the Copa America on not selecting him is not ideal or accurate, because if you base players on their performance on copa America. Romero was one our best players! Messi and many others under performed...Banega practically gave away the first game. However these players are quality and have more experience now.

With that being said...my personal belief is that Argentina uses players are the wrong time...always discarding talents and planning ahead...this is very good but not at the cost of the present. I said this before since Veron,Cambiasso,Crespo,Zanetti were in their 30s etc i heard people saying...out with the old in with the new. All the successful nations in recent times learned how to use ALL their talents. It doesn;t necessarily mean a YOUNG team. Experience combined with youth is always a deadly mixture. Xavi,Pirlo,Buffon etc would have been dropped from Argentina by the time they were 28.

Then we have a tendency to call them when its to late or as i call it the 2 years to late syndrome.
Samuel,Cambiasso,Zanetti, Andy D were my 4 players that should have gone to 2010 world cup.

For this world cup i see Cambiasso as someone who will add quality to the team...however realistically i cant see it happening.

I am going to question Sabella on his logic...and for those who keep talking that negative/positive nonsense please learn what a discussion forum is and learn what it contains its getting really annoying ppl jumping on people who have different views. Anyway Sabella chooses Desabato,Guizau etc who at the time were 32+ 33+ but when asked about Samuel who is much better than Desabato and Cambiasso who were around the same age and Cambiasso at the time who was 31-32 he said he is looking to the future. He drops Milito and calls Barcos, don't get me wrong all these players performed well but it makes me think that when he said he wanted new..it doesn't mean age per say but just need blood in the team...but thats just me. Heinze...who i believe at least up until 2012 was still a quality Left back should have gone to copa America, i soon discovered it was political in nature why he was dropped due to his open support of Maradona.

Argentina WILL not be affected if Cambiasso doesn't get the call but i can't see it HURTING the team to carry a quality, experienced player to the world cup.

My personal belief is that Argentina for a few years lacked BITE in the team like in previous years. The Simeone's, Ayala's, Almeyda's,Kily etc component was missing...Lavezzi and Mascherano are tough but are no way the great personalities as these guys were.

I think that list of 30 will have no major suprises. I think it will be the 23 everyone suspect it is...and the estudiantes boys who will eventually get cut in the end.

I am suprised he mentioned Zarate..i really like him but he like Iturbe seemed to have volatile personalities and need to mature. I had high hopes him.

To end this super long post...i would love Cambiasso on the team but i won't be upset if he doesn't go. The team has done well enough without him...but it can't hurt to have someone like him on the team.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 9:22 PM
0
Simeone being watched by united.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 7:40 PM
0
I don't get some people, if you don't like Sabella team selections and you're not sure about us winning the next world cup, why post here then? Don't you have something better to do rather than coming here with your pessimistic approach towards the team..I don't need to read your comments if its not constructive..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 7:37 PM
0
Cambiasso was collecting the ball during the 2011 Copa and not Messi, how did that work out?I am a fan of Cambiasso but he's old news now..Guys u need to move on from past players..Lets go and win this world cup and build for the future in the process..


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 7:13 PM
2
@pachorra

no i haven't watched gago play with boca lately... i am sure that you know his track record whith clubs hasnt been that great specially in europe..but he has always stepped up his game by miles when playing for the national team... last game against romania was an exception... but again the whole team performed below par .. and sabella's tactics wasnt helping at all ... Without gago our team is incomplete !


joesoccers
(Canada)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 6:07 PM
1
sometimes you need experience like cambiasso, he was always a solid two way player and can make those critical passes, something the midfield fails to do.

it's better to have cambiasso collecting the ball in the midfield rather than messi.

the current midfield tries to run the ball into the net rather than passing to messi, aguero, higuain.

he's a perfect compliment to di maria, freeing him up and covering his runs.

he should at least be a sub and an option, rather than a midfielder whose only job is to come in if someone is injured.

once again, the coaching and management seems to be argentina's greatest weakness.

as this coach is limiting his options in a tournament where you have to flexible and have many weapons at your disposal and not be afraid to use them.

like not having willy caballero on your bench in case romero stinks it up the first round.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 6:01 PM
0
Alam by saying that are u implying that you hope we lose the world cup if sabella uses these tactics and formation?


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:56 PM
1
@kid he should be a world class defender by 2018,he is still young.


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:55 PM
0
I like Mussachio too. But Sabella will not be calling him up unless there's an injury and then he'll likely call up Leandro Desabato. Ha! Just kidding guys.


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:52 PM
0
I hope real Madrid draws with bayern.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:52 PM
1
Poto I like Mussachio, unfortunately he wont be at the world cup..


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:47 PM
0
What about mateo mussacchio.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:47 PM
0
Fernandez is up against better players than what Luisao come up against in Portugal..Not taking anything from Luisao but Fernandez is better, both defensively and technicality..Say what you want about Abiol,but he's a world cup winning player and he play alongside our beloved Fernandez, that is much to be proud of..


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:46 PM
0
Hey guys, what I'm saying is that the sum is greater than the parts. Having quality players at your side day in and day out makes things easier. Luisao has had a very long career and has the experience to help out Garay. Maxi Pereira is no slouch either. KidultHood, you are right, Uruguay did not have a great defense during the qualifiers. But Uruguay have proven in the last ten years to be a tough defensive team in these shorter tournaments. Pereira was a regular in that defense and I expect the same from his country this World Cup that we got form similar tournaments. These guys are all role players (Benfica's defense) and together they are better than they are individually. That is my point. You don't have to agree.


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:40 PM
1
Benitez knows quality when he has it. He shouted for Mascherano when he was under Alan Pardew's thumb at West Ham. He's a quality manager that doesn't get the recognition he deserves. He won a Europa League as a replacement coach for a team who's fans jeered him. I'd take him as my coach any day of the week. I love that he went to Napoli.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:38 PM
0
Who is Maxi Pereira? Just curious..Sorry, but Argentina defense was 10X better than Uruguay defense during the 2014 WCQ's qualifier..


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:36 PM
1
@holytoledo, I am a devoted Serie A fan and I can tell you that FF> Luisao and Hugo> Pereira any days of an week, Plz dnt underestimate Basanta, he is a very tough nut to crack.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:34 PM
0
Arglover I know, FF is going in the right direction and he's becoming more solid everyday,thanks to Benitez. I would convince any Argentinian player to play under Benitez as coach..Ayala, Aimar, Mascherano and now Higuain and FF have all played under Benitez..


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:30 PM
0
I'm not trying to take anything away from Garay but when you are flanked by Brazilian Luisao and Uruguayan Maxi Pereira day in and day out, it certainly makes your job easier. Jose Basanta, Fede Fernandez and Campagnaro are a far cry form those guys. But let's see if they can gel in the next few months. Anything can still happen. I'm hopeful but trying to be realistic about our expectations and our team's short comings. Please don't mistake this for lack of belief in our boys. We have a front line that should shred most defenses but the rest of our team still needs some time together to make things happen.


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:27 PM
0
Also Kid FF is putting huge strides to become a top CB in Serie A, Rojo is one of the best at Portugal, I smile a lot when people say Argentina defence is weak, if a traditional defensive nation like Italy can put an Argentine Defender on their roster imagine how strong can be Argentina on their own right? ?


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:17 PM
1
Garay is easily one of the top defenders in world football at the moment, their is no ifs and but when it comes to Garay being a top class defender..


Leandro
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:15 PM
0
I dont think we have had a rise of Biglia, the kid was a monster since the begging of the Sabella tenureship. He was just a) Playing in Belgium so no one cared and b) he had an arm injury needing surgery which paused him.. I gave him MAD PROPS when he chose to delay that operation against the will of his club to not miss playing for the NT.

Biglia is a smart, physical player with good leadership and great passion. I do agree that Gagos current form is slightly off and I hope that Sabella is able to tell who is freshest during WC preparations and fields the most energetic of the two.

Vamos Argentina!


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:10 PM
1
All I can say is that the GLORY HUNTERS will be coming out in their numbers when they see this team doing great things..

riguelme. 10 During the miserable 2011 Copa display, Romero was our best player in the tournament...Romero was not at fault during 2010..Messi, Tevez, Di Maria, Aguero, Higuain, Maxi did nothing too against Germany..Should we drop Messi, Aguero, Higuain, Maxi,and Di Maria from this current squad?

I don't really care for the old guards at this point..Players like Zanetti, Cambiasso, Samuel, Burdisso, Heinze etc have done their time for the NT, going back to these players is like going in a backward direction..Sabella is looking towards the future not the past..

I support Sabella and the team from day one and I will during the world cup..I will not criticize Sabella and the players during the world cup..After the world cup we shall have our positive and negative debates...At this point, like all the players, I am in a good feeling about the team and our chances..


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 5:07 PM
0
Someone below had said that Mascherano was the best defensive midfielder in the world. I think that he interprets the role as closely as anyone and is effective, but he's been used as a central defender more often than not in the last year and I believe it's because he's lost a step or two. With that said, I think that Yaya Toure, Sergio Busquets are pretty damn good in their own right and two of the best on the planet.

Of the guys I wish could fit into this team, I like Nico Gaitan. His current form is spectacular and I always liked his style of play. I also wish Andres D'Alessandro was in form, I also enjoy his style of football but the kid is a roller coaster of a player. Sometimes he's great and lightning in a bottle but at other times he's a nightmare waiting to happen. But at the end of the day we all know Sabella will be taking his talisman, Jose Sosa, to Brazil as long as he doesn't get injured. And honestly, I don't dislike him. Within the framework that Sabella's teams provide, he can be an asset but we'll have to see how he does against teams that pressure and practice heavy marking. Winning 1-0 is all fine and good but any coach can manage that with the firepower we have up front. I'd like to see a few more goals, especially since our defense isn't 100% solid.

I'm happy to have seen Garay score on two corners this weekend, one was spectacular from a tight angle, but I want to see him win some damn headers in our own penalty area. Then we can all pat each other on the back about our central defender scoring two goals.

I believe the US can get out of their group too but they have to play very well against the Germans (Klinsmann knows this team well), a match I think they can get a draw out of, and I believe they can beat Ghana and force another draw against the Portuguese. All they have to do is be better than Portugal and they have a damn good chance. The South American teams and North American teams have a chance to make some noise at this World Cup. Let's see if they can take advantage.


riquelme.10
(Canada)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 4:51 PM
0
@kid
World cup is getting near so everybody decides to start pulling the hair from their heads..Where was the call for Cambiasso and Willy a while back..Sorry, Cambiasso had his chance in 2006 and failed miserable..Sabella is trying to go pass all these old guards who had their chances but fail to produce, hence that's why Tevez is not in the team either..Willy will never keep goal for Argentina no matter who the coach is...
---------------

Great logic, if you miss a penalty means you failed!

Thinking by your great logic Romero shouldnt be in the team for his 2010 performance, despite him warming the bench right now.

—-—-------------------
@kid
I am happy with this squad and I don't care about what anybody says on mundo as to who should be in the team..I have no interest in reading about players who wont make the team..With this squad we can win the world cup..Sabella you're doing a great job, don't even listen to these ungrateful haters, who cant even coach a community league team..Sabella took this team from a dark place, if it wasn't for Sabella we wouldn't be sitting at 3rd/2nd place on the FIFA rankings for the past 3 years up until now..I appreciate the coach, and I appreciate the team we have at our disposal....If you guys don't appreciate them, just ask Italy coach Prandelli if he would like to have our players exchange nationality and play for Italy, he(Prandelli) would welcome them with open harms.
-----------

Relax buddy took us from darkness to light..... were no Fiji islands were Argentina. Sabella was on live on TV couple of minutes ago and thats what he has to say:

"I would like to thank kid on mundoalbicelsete.com for his constant support and motivation, much needed. Thanks alot"


msi2
(France)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 4:39 PM
0
Whoa lots of Sabella critics here...
Personally i never have been convinced by his selections and his game plan but let's see how it turns out in the WC.


maanus
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 4:35 PM
0
Sebella playing politics ......why dont select cambiasso .
He have good experience in WC..and we dont have now experience midfielder ...


Alam
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 4:02 PM
0
dinucci..sabella love for messi and his tactical susbs along with weird team selection policy are the reasons supporters dont think this team made for world cup. hope urs asses will get burnt along with sabella tenure and grondana politics.


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 4:02 PM
0
Sabella should at least look at iturbe.


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 3:38 PM
1
Looks like Liverpool was impressed with the scouting of Sporting CP defender Marcos Rojo, actually Argentine players are hell underrated, I watched Spurs - Benfica game and Garay was top class, if Sir Alex would coach Utd this year Garay would surely be a Manutd player by now, Garay even said it to the press, David Moyes stick with your British players and enjoy 7 th position.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 3:32 PM
1
damage7 what are you talking about, Lamela was already called up and will be call up for duty as soon as he's recovered from his injury..Sabella wont drop Lamela because of his injury..Lamela will be back in April, so I see him going to the world cup..Cambiasso and Gaitan never was going to be selected, so why you bring them up is mind boggling..Sabella has shown no sign of dropping Lamela up to this day..


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 3:24 PM
1
from the 26 the following players SHOULD be called

1. Gaitan
2. Icardi
3. Cambiasso
4. Lamela

but sabella will call
1. DI santo
2. Zarate
3. Colocinni
4. NICO cambiasso (goal keeper)


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 3:21 PM
1
One thng shud b aprctd on sabella, under him we are atleast scoring goals...


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 3:20 PM
1
Arglover Thanks man, I was caught up in a lot of stuff over the past week..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 3:17 PM
0
Dinucci we also defeat Bosnia Herz without Messi..And guess what, Bosnia will be our first opponent at the world cup..I am so happy we play our opening game at the Maracana..Their are only 95 tickets remaining for the Argentina vs Bosnia opening game at the Maracana.Cant wait to see a sea of blue and white at the Maracana stadium..


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 3:17 PM
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I wud say dat augusto is a brilliant call made by sabella.... any 1 who watch his last match for celta wud hav seen his quality, had an outstndng game... excptnl ball control, impesv in dribbling, great dfnsv cntrbtn, brilliant creativity n also pacy....


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 3:15 PM
1
Without Kid Mundo is no longer that colourful, missed you badly for few days.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 3:13 PM
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Dinucci I know, USA may not have the best individual players but they are often times organize at world cups..And with Klinsman, you just cant write them off.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 3:10 PM
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@ kid i get the feeling USA will go to round of 16 atleast


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 3:09 PM
1
Messi is not being used as the total central figure. Sabella proved that already when we beat Italy's top squad without Messi... And were able to score two goals on uraguays A team with our B team. U trolls give sabella no credit we wouldve atleast had a draw in Uraguay if that little bitch suarez didnt dive!


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 3:08 PM
0
Itz feel bad if we didnt go for the best we available at each postns.... If romero is the best we hav then no probs, or atleast if he is a complete keeper n havng play time we can excuse... Bt datz nt the case here....


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 3:07 PM
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World Cup 2014 – The dark horses

1. Uruguay

2. Chile

3. France

4. England

5. Colombia

6. Portugal

7. Switzerland

8. USA? (very interesting. USA usually spring surprises at world cups)

9. Japan

10. Mexico

11. Ghana (interesting how they put USA ahead of Ghana)

12. Ivory Coast

13. Bosnia Her (not so sure)

14. Russia


So I see they didn't include the Dutch or Belgian teams as a dark horses..I agree, Belgium is no dark horse, they're an overrated team that haven't played at the world cup for a while and was hype up by the amount of players they have playing in the BOPL-Barclay Overrated Premier League...Holland lost Strootman so there chances at the upcoming world cup have weaken tremendously, and I don't see Van Persie being a huge factor..Chile will top group B..

Overall very interesting put on the dark horses.Going by this list, its looking more and more likely that South America will have a great world cup by many of the experts out there..

LINK

http://www.sportingnews.com/soccer/story/2014-03-12/world-cup-2014-dark-horses-group-stage-usa-mexico-chile-uruguay-japan



Chiquito
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:59 PM
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Cartabia is the one who said if he gets a call up from spain he might opt to play for them. Idiot


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:58 PM
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At alam dont you think sabella has at very least observed those players in their matches? Sabella is no fool . Worship Messi? Are u serious? Messi and sabella bearly even talk in training! Sabella is usually with the defenders because he knows they need work. Seriously a lot of you need to stop talking out of your asses


Chiquito
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:57 PM
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The difference is that rojo plays as a cb for sporting and heard that he has been performing well. Yesterday scouts from liverpool were present during sportings match to watch rojo.


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:54 PM
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Let's try to guess Sabella's 30 players list.

Romero, Orion, Andujar

Zabaleta, Campagnero, FF, Garay, Basanta, Lopez, Rojo, Peruzzi, Otamendi

Mascherano, Gago, Banega, Biglia, Di Maria, Maxi, Augusto, Ricky, Sosa

Messi, Aguero, Higuain, Palacio, Lavezzi

(I omitted Lamela, Brana, Guinazo, Di Santo as they were ignored by Sabella in the recent matches)

So those are 26 of his probable 30 player list, I wonder who would be among the 4 remaining players.

Let's see who could be the 4 players.

1. I think Sabella's attack is set. But as he has hinted about Zarate(?), he might include another player there.

Zarate/Tevez/Icardi?

2. I still hope at least one of Augusto, Ricky and Sosa will be replaced by a better player.

Gaitan/Enzo Perez/Salvio/Lamela?

3. Defence is pretty much solid. But in my opinion at least on of the following should be kept in the final 30.

Gonzalo Rodriguez/Musacchio/Fazio/Orban?

4. I still hope Sabella will keep Caballero in his 30 player list.


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:47 PM
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@Pradi: Everyone here wants everyone who is on the pitch to succeed with Argentina. Some simply feel the 11 selected for starting are not the optimal 11.



outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:42 PM
0
Tevez- never more
Cambiasso - he isn't n necessary. Sosa would be in World Cup for me.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:42 PM
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I only see Brazil ahead of Argentina defensively going into this world cup..


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:36 PM
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@arglover Lt dat hpns.... Even i m sayng all these, if sabella stick with this 11 itself I want Rojo n Romero n evry argentine to rule the pitch, coz what i want to see Argentina raising world cup, espcly at brazil will b more sweeter.... Heard dat liverpool targeting rojo, bt the only quality a player need in BPL is pace, all else r secndry.... Datz y i m nt sure abt rojo.... Ltz hop de best, datz all we can do...


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:35 PM
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World cup is getting near so everybody decides to start pulling the hair from their heads..Where was the call for Cambiasso and Willy a while back..Sorry, Cambiasso had his chance in 2006 and failed miserable..Sabella is trying to go pass all these old guards who had their chances but fail to produce, hence that's why Tevez is not in the team either..Willy will never keep goal for Argentina no matter who the coach is...

GK
Romero
Andujar
Orion
---------------------------------------
Defenders
Garay
F Fernandez
Zabaleta
Campagrano
Rojo
Basanta
Peruzzi
Otamendi
---------------------------------------------
Di Maria
Mascherano
Biglia
Banega
Gago
Lamela
Maxi
-------------------------------------------
Messi
Aguero
Higuain
Lavezzi
Palacio

I am happy with this squad and I don't care about what anybody says on mundo as to who should be in the team..I have no interest in reading about players who wont make the team..With this squad we can win the world cup..Sabella you're doing a great job, don't even listen to these ungrateful haters, who cant even coach a community league team..Sabella took this team from a dark place, if it wasn't for Sabella we wouldn't be sitting at 3rd/2nd place on the FIFA rankings for the past 3 years up until now..I appreciate the coach, and I appreciate the team we have at our disposal....If you guys don't appreciate them, just ask Italy coach Prandelli if he would like to have our players exchange nationality and play for Italy, he(Prandelli) would welcome them with open harms..


Pachorra
(Vatican City State)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:32 PM
0
Mascherano
Biglia
Banega
Di Maria
Maxi R
Pastore
Cartabia (hot new number)

I'd take these 7 midfielders to the WC


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:25 PM
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Com out frm romania match.... Messi said aftr match that pitch had som prblms nd it took 2 or 3 touches to cntrl the ball etc... May be any such things hav afctd there.... At barca even btwn pass masters masch's pasng s imprsv, dat day may b any other issues as he told...


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:24 PM
1
@Pradi, Faustino Marcos Rojo is a superb defender for Sporting and will be a big hit in the world cup.


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:20 PM
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Thing about Caballero....idk how many people here watch La Primera or more specifically Boca, or used to watch San Lorenzo when Orion played. To put it shortly, Cabllero would have to replace Orion, i simply do not see Caballero coming in for Andujar or Romero and Orion still being there and being okay with it. Orion has TONS of character to the point that it can become a flaw. Anyways i don't see Caballero getting called up and that not causing locker room issues is what I'm saying. It seems like Sabella had one primary goal when he took over, to create a team. A team which played together, and really knew each other.


Alam
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:18 PM
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@dinucci.. Team chemistry doesnt mean coach sabella overlook form players. let me tell you very frankly.this team chemistry posters like u talking about is not going to bring the cup. the reason is deserve players such as caballero,cambiasso,enzo perez,s. garcia,gaitan..its very long list.these all players deserve thier place atleast for friendly games to check it out. how much they help our argentina.Sabella just want to worship messi and this is the reason his team have lost deserving players in the squad.Bring on simeoni i bet messi is not going to become the central figure in his team coz he have a system.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:12 PM
1
sabella will either look like a genius or a complete fool and we will know this if his team win the w.c or not as its as simple as that.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:11 PM
0
I think masch n biglia r the two best in business nw.... In my opinion masch is the best DM in world nw nd if these two share the midfield i wud say the best in the WC, nd any team it b will really die to break their layer.... And havng garay n FF avoid set piece threat also.... Hav to say in papers, except LB n GK itz out of the world.... Isn't it...!!!!???


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:09 PM
0
A lot of football experts agree that serie A is the hardest league to play for any attackers. Hernan Crespo once said that if you succeed as a striker in serie A, then you can succeed everywhere. The defense is tight in Italy. Players are more tactical which means almost leaving very few space left.

Although Italian serie A is nowhere near it was 20-30 years ago where they were the world best league, it might not be the best today, but it still remains the hardest league for any strikers. Even the great Lionel Messi with his mighty Barca had 0 goals in his many encounters with many Italian teams (Inter and Milan mostly) before finally scored one last year. I am sure CR7 would score just around 30 at best had he played in serie A.

Gonzalo Higuain actually has amazing numbers for Napoli as a rookie. 26 appearances in league with 14 goals and 7 assists is impressive for a rookie. Better than Argentine legend, Batigol's number as a rookie already in full season.

This year is not like last year where so many strikers had "too good to be true" numbers, this year only CR7, Suarez, Messi, Aguero, Zlatan, Costa, and Sturridge who have "too good to be true" numbers. Higuain's 14 and 7 is considered superb already in a era where finesse #9 are considered as rare as pure diamonds. If he ends up the top scorer in his first season, and if he will have a great World Cup, I won't be surprise if his value will be close to Falcao or Suarez next year.

And remember, Higuain is still "adapting". He has yet to look that comfortable yet playing in Serie A...


Chiquito
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 2:05 PM
0
I was never calling for the inclusion of Willy. I just want Sabella to make Orion our first choice, I don't want tevez or pastore but how can you leave Cambiasso? Really sad to hear this :(


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:53 PM
0
Agree that cambiasso n tevez r not needed.... Bt wat abt willy.... I m imprsd on augusto, he has som stuff i feel, bt lisandro ovr fazio n sosa over gaitan is somthng misterious.... Like wise stickng with romero even if he s nt gtng playng time when som1 else is gvng back to back world class show evry weak in la liga....


noori
(Pakistan)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:51 PM
1
Old man has totally lost his mind. Cambiasso is must for the team but these coaches don't want Argentina to win WC. 2006 team was far greater than the current team.


Arg fan
(Lebanon)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:50 PM
0
This asshole sabella is starting to piss me off, fuck you and fuck the AFA, wtf is this, u don't call cambiosso and all great other players and u put rojo in our team and sosa, and oh Romero. So sabella fuck u cus I've had it with our coaches and their decisions, not doubt our team has improved since 2011 but mark my words argentina will never win this World Cup. Come on people it's crystal clear, football isn't all about attack who do we have as our mid lets compare Argentinas mid to Germany's and Spain's, Argentina di Maria,gago,mascherano etc and we don't have any good subs. Germany's mid: schwientiger,kroos,muller,Ozil,schurlee,gotze,rues. Spain's mids:iniesta,xavi,busquets,silva,navas and many more. How the fuck can we hold a lineup like that,give me another defensive midfielder other than mascherano. Our defence stop saying its good Cus it's shit, look at brazil:alves,Dante,David Luiz,thiago silva,Luis Felipe. Who do we have rojo and Fernandez and garay,u guys really think that we can hold off brazil or Germany or Spain with a defence like that. U guys might say Germany's defence is bad and I agree but look at their mid. people the key to a successful football team to achieve the World Cup is the midfield we don't have that, lets consider the option of messi getting injured soon, what happens or di maria


argentine
(Ghana)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:43 PM
0
SABELLA is kind of gambling with the team


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:38 PM
0
I disagree. I've said this before and I'll say it again. Cambiasso could be a great addition to this squad. He could provide leadership, experience and the guy is a champion. Period. Leaving him out is a big mistake, not unlike Pekerman leaving out Zanetti in 2006. Who will fill Mascherano's shoes should he get injured? Biglia is the only other midfielder we have on this team that has similar qualities as Banega and Gago are creative but do not have the same defensive characteristics as Mascherano.


Pachorra
(Vatican City State)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:36 PM
0
@SulaV... With all the respect... Have you seen Gago play recently? with Boca I mean... Very far away from where he once stood as a player, almost painful to see ... He is no shape to go to the WC... If you ask me, it would be the waist of a spot... I really hope he can shut my mouth in Brazil... Gago, Banega and Biglia, out of the 3, Biglia is the one in best shape... I'd take these 3 defensive midfielders: Yacob, Mascherano and Biglia


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:32 PM
0
Can't wait for the world cup to start, then I wont have to read a lot of these comments of who should be call to the team blah blah blah..We are going to win this cup and will silent all the haters and doubters in Mundo and outside of Mundo..

I heard this Cambiasso guy has a NASTY attitude towards is team mates..A certain player(wont call any name) left Inter Milan because of him..

Let me get things clear, I am a fan of Cambiasso but not Cabellero..If Cabellero is a disaster waiting to happen in the dressing room, then I applaud Sabella for keeping him out the team..

If Tevez is a threat to our world cup chances then so too his Cabellero..I saw Cabellero fighting with his Malaga defender once during a game, cant have that on the team in the public eye of the world..


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:24 PM
0
its clear now sabella has already made up his mind.. we have 3 defensive mid fielders masch, gago and biglia and they doing exceptionally good with their clubs specially biglia... gago's performance with national team has cemented his position in the starting xi and he has more creativity than masch...Nothing needs to be said about masch he is one of the best Dm in the world (banega is more like a attacking mid)... so not selecting cabiasso doesnot seem like a big problem to me... yes he brings experience and he is a goal scoring def-mid but we have enough fire power to score goals...this time we can deal without cambiasso...

regarding the goal keeper situation where out No1 and no2 are permanent bench warmers in their respective clubs and our no3 hasnt been given any game time by sabella is the biggest concern for me!! a power house like argentina shouldnt have their 2 goal keepers warming bench .. some of us are saying romero had a briliant game against romania and but i dont think so he was tested by the Romanians very much.. we can only hope and pray that romero gets in good form during the world cup as willy's chances of making the team is like David moyes getting man utd qualify for the champions league !


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:24 PM
2
Zarate is a dressing room divider as well. While he has great ability, the kid has all kinds of trouble adapting to new environments. I don't see his inclusion being fruitful but I rather see it being detrimental to the bond this group has formed. Good or bad, this is a really tight knit squad, reminds me a bit of the 2002 squad, and adding these wild card elements to the mix seems a little misguided and un-Sabella like. Perhaps he knows what he's doing, after all, here I am sitting behind a computer questioning the decisions of an accomplished football manager.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:17 PM
0
I would love to see caballero, but sabella has his reasons for picking romero.


stocky
(Grenada)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:16 PM
0
what a shame, No willy, no Tevez , no Cambi, like this old man lost his mind.

Ive already gave up hopes about world cup trophy so just waiting for him to fail and lose his blasted job.

I hope the public in Argentina hang him by his balls in public view.

" For all the years I've been supporting Argentina Football is the first time I felt so bad"


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:13 PM
3
Its funny how people here are calling Sabella an "idiot" acting as if they know more about futbol, and team chemistry than him....


Alam
(India)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 1:04 PM
1
sabella really its not very hard to think U r IDIOT.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 12:49 PM
2
in 2010 cambiasso and zanetti were champion league winning players

but according to maradona ariel garce and guiterezz are better!!!!

it was a crime they did not went.
given maradon is back playing in 5th league sum sup hi speronality. great player but always had mental issues.

pekerman was also a criminal for leaving zanetti out in 2006. both basile and batista brought him back for copas, cos the experiment without him failed!


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 3/18/2014 at 12:44 PM
0
The in-form Barcelona forward says the national team's morale could not be better going into the tournament and reflected on how fatherhood has changed him.

Lionel Messi insists the team spirit in Argentina’s squad is incredibly strong as this summer’s World Cup in Brazil draws closer.

Alejandro Sabella’s side are amongst the favorites to win the tournament on its home continent, and the Barcelona striker accepts that anything is possible.

"Obviously the World Cup is a dream and a goal. We know that anything is possible, but we try to progress little by little,"
he told TyC Sports. “At the national team we have a solid group of friends. Some of us have known each other since we were little kids. That's something good. We enjoy playing together as a team".

Messi has been in India for a commercial contract and said the support he has received in the country has been overwhelming.

“It is crazy being in India and having people still around our hotel at 4 a.m." he said. “I really appreciate the love fans show me. I try to give them my time but sometimes that is impossible."

The 26-year-old also discussed how becoming a father to his son, Thiago, has changed his life away from the pitch.

"Being a dad has put football in second place – when you are a parent everything changes,” said Messi.

The forward has been hitting form as the season reaches its decisive stage, having scored 13 goals in his last 11 Barca matches.

Argentina drew 0-0 with Romania earlier this month and is in World Cup Group F against Nigeria, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Arglover