Follow us by RSS Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Stumble It More...

Football News

Posted by John (Sivan John) Friday, May 23, 2014 Go To Comments

UEFA Champions League Final Preview

There was a time when every Champions League final was something special to look forward too but that momentum kind of stop for me during the past two seasons (anyone who knows me very well will understand why). 

 
I got to admit that I can’t recall what happen the night Chelsea broke Bayern Munich’s heart on their home turf in 2012 and last season all German final in Wembley (not taking away anything from those deserving winners but my heart just wasn’t there). 
 
But on this occasion, I’ve got every reason to watch or to be precise maybe just 4 reasons perhaps. After all it’s a special occasion where many historic moments could happen. 
 
AN ANGEL FYING HIGH IN THE MIDDLE OF TH BERNEBAU
 
Whenever the talk about Real Madrid comes to people mind, there is a probability that you will hear the names of Cristiano RONALDO, Gareth BALE and maybe to some extent Karim BENZEMA. 
 
But I like to think the unsung hero for Real this season has got to be Ángel di MARIA. Quite seldom (apart from fans of Argentina) we do hear his name being mentioned, I’m guessing maybe he is just not “Galaticos” enough for some people. 
 
When BALE arrived at the start of the season, there was already a level of uncertainty about his future at the Bernabeu. This followed by the purchase of ISCO, left many people believing that he could be heading for the exit door. 
 
Nevertheless, newly arrived manager Carlo ANCELOTTI perhaps saw something in him and decided to do a little adjustment in the midfield section. Instead on the wings, DI MARIA was push to the center and is now thriving in his new role. Quite often he has been scoring some vital goals & also being the leading in assists for his team. 
 
Further boost of confidence for him is that on Saturday he will be a returning to a familiar ground.  After all, it was at the Estádio da Luz while playing for Benfica where he made his mark in Europe for 3 years before moving to the Spanish capital. 
 
I’m sure we can expect another stellar performance from the one time wing man who is now flying more than ever. Should if any other Real Madrid players were to score on Saturday night, don’t be surprise that it was an Angel in disguise that set up the opportunity for them to do so. 
 
THE MANAGER WITH THE BIGGER BALLS ON THE SIDE LINE
 
While in Real Madrid we will be talking about an Argentine on the field, in Atlético Madrid’s the focus will be more on someone who will be in the dugout instead. 
 
As a player, I can say that I’ve seen the type of leadership quality that Diego SIMEONE possesses, which I had feeling that could translate well if he ever goes into management once he hung his boots. 
 
For those of you who have been with us since 2006, you might remember that we were following his progress with Estudiantes. Fact is that he manages to bring them their first title in 23 years and along the way reviving the career of a certain Juan Sebastian VERON to me speaks volume of his managerial credential. 
 
Even then we have already looked into the future that one day “El Cholo” would be a perfect candidate of the hottest seat in Argentine football; the manager of the National Team.
 
Now with Atlético, he has done it again, starting with the Europa League in 2012 right up to last weekend’s La Liga. All this done not with a huge budget to spend on buying player; instead inserting trust, belief and self determination on the players that he already has. 
 
Remember, he has brought the best out of the same defensive lineup he inherited in 2011 when the club was struggling back then. 
 
Now he is only one game away from becoming the fifth Argentine and the first Atlético history to lift the Holy Grail of European football. Whatever the outcome happens in Lisbon, in my opinion SIMEONE has exceeded everyone’s expectation of him and is indeed one of the best managers in the world right now. 
 
Not taking away anything from José SOSA and Emiliano INSUA; whom I believe have also played their part in what could be the greatest season in Atlético’s history. 
 
Should any of them see action on Saturday night, I’m sure they will put up their best performance ever. Especially for SOSA since he is still in contention for a place in SABELLA’s final squad to Brazil. 
 
So which way is it going to be? One or Three? 
 
 
Nevertheless good luck to all four of them! 
 



Comments

You must be logged in to add a comment. Click Here to log in.
If you dont have an account and would like to join Mundo's community, Register Here

arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 12:42 PM
0
Kid is an awesome fan here which shows from his posts that fold all the passion and support for Argentina. However, his posts reflect sometimes a glimpse of ignorance when denying the strength and power our rivals have in their disposal. For instance, All European teams such as Germany, Spain, Netherlands are crap and overrated, they will all fail in the group stage and teams like Costa Rica or Mexico will crush them just because they are American teams. Chile will blow everyone's mind although there is no depth in their squad and they are inferior to Spain or Germany the teams that have printed recent victories, teams with systems, superior coaching, and individual talents.

These kind of comments that make us fans look stupid.....our rivals are strong and hard to beat at the moment. Unless you comprehend the richness of your rivals, you will never improve and advance.

Last night I was cheering for R.Madrid to win, not because I'm a Real fan, I'm a cule.....I wanted the board of Barca see that spending some bucks on players can actually bring you titles and victories. If Real lost, Barca's big guys would say, no need to buy more players, see what happened to Real, and we all know the reality is that you can't play with just some attackers and win games.


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 11:33 AM
0
@el principe: I think Kidulthood is a symbol of a fan who thinks with passion and heart. I love this kind of fans (I was like him once) because you would never get hurt with their comments. I would hate to see Argentina lose this world cup of course, but even if they do then I would try to find some hope from the comments of fans like Kidulthood. Like to a mother her son is the best in the world no matter what others think.

Kidulthood always gives us hope....


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 8:58 AM
0
And the fact that you mention abbondanzieri is a joke.


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 8:56 AM
0
@Gino
Clearly you didn't see the 78 team otherwise Filliol Ardiles would be on there not to mention others likes Samuel, Jose Luis Brown, an a few others. Posts like yours remind me how narrow of a view some fans have of our long history of players. The "midget" forwards are a maradona phenomena, and with the exception of maradona(and his magic hand) it is yet to be seen if they can win the big game.
Even Sabella realizes this if you see the size of our defenders.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 8:32 AM
0
Agree with Johny, even Guinazu is better than Sosa. If you want someone who adds nastiness or who plays dirty for us, Guinazu is way better.

As for Demichelis. I am fine with his inclusion as long as he remains the 7th defender on the list, not the 5th or 6th. Demichelis can add toughness and size in case we are in lead and need to defend with 5 minutes to go. Either him or Otamendi is fine with me as I believe Basanta and Campagnaro are the 5th and 6th defenders.



haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 8:03 AM
0
Sosa's physical appearance is somehow similar to Jonas, but he's skill doesn't even reach %20 of what Jonas is capable of.
the only time I saw Sosa played well was the friendly against Germany and not for entire minutes he played, he just had few long passes and the were decent by all means.

If Sabella picked Sosa instead of Perez, than the man wouldn't be wise let alone being fair.

I don't really know what Simeon found in that guy?


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 7:08 AM
0
marceloa bielsa is still the man but he as joined marseille. i can see tata martino geting the jpb after eorld cup


travis
(Japan)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 6:54 AM
0
@Freeman Like i said i'm never a fan of Simeone right from his days play for Argentina WC team to his days as a coach and manager.
I don't like his approach against RM last night, park the bus when his team only lead 1-0 (against RM, come one man), and plus he weakened his team by getting Sosa in the middle of those hectic moment, can you see what Sosa do from the first minutes he entered the field??? Absolutely nothing. I don't even want this man near Argentina squad.

All I know, I just don't want Simeone to coach Argentina after his poor tactic and decision in an important final match like last night. Park the bus tactics is for poor coach and a coward, bring that to some european team, not in Argentina.

After Sabella, you can pick someone here from Mundo to coach Argentina, i don't know.


Freeman E
(Namibia)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 6:47 AM
0
Anyone who is ANTI-SABELLA here,is either a Tevez or Willy Caballero fan or (if based on footballing reasons)obviously haven't gone through the nightmares of Basile(2nd spell), Maradona and Batista era. Let's not forget so fast it is General Sabella who gave this team it's new identity. People here have short memories, the FAN 4 all played for Maradona and Batista but there was no fantastic four existent back then.
Having said that, I don't agree with all his player selections.

@ Travis you're wrong about Simeone's approach. AM park the bus when facing a superior opposition but they also play expansive attacking football e.g. against Chelsea. They didn't win La Liga by parking the bus approach. I saw them winning games by outworking out-hustling the opponents and denying spaces to other teams. In other words, his team adapts to the opponents. Give Simeone world class players and you'll see one of the meanest teams ever assembled. I'd like to know who would you like to see coach Argentina, if not Simeone, after Sabella?


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 6:18 AM
0
@Kidult

First of all sorry for the harsh criticism you are going to read here...

I do respect you, especially your passion and love for our mundo albiceleste team, up until to the point where I read your posts today. Sorry about that man.

I don't feel that you are a man enough to accept the fact. Around 15 years ago, I was a huge fan of El Principe Redondo. I followed every one of his game for Madrid and Argentina the way I do now to Barca (due to Messi) and Argentina. Redondo rarely played bad. He was one of the most consistent footballers ever.

Redondo did however he did have a few of bad matches.
I was the FIRST FAN who admitted that and told everyone in every Argentina blog at the time that Redondo played awful!

You? Sorry but you need to grow really. Say bad if it's bad. Say good if it's good. I know maybe you possibly love Martino, Alexis, Chile, and now Sosa more than I ever did to El Principe, Redondo. But you must admit if someone played bad, he played bad, instead of sticking with your opinion and tried to convince us that Simeone was bad, not Sosa, the poor scapegoat.

Like Baker, our blogger here. He used to hate Di Maria, but now he admits that he's Di Maria's biggest fan. No one pushed him to be Di Maria's fan, but he sees the reality, so he changed his opinion.

I have a friend who loves Manchester United and England to death. I often made fun of him anytime his teams lost. He's never man enough to accept the defeats. He'd find millions of excuses (more like Mourinho anytime his team lost).

He knows I love Argentina. Anytime Argentina lost, he did the same, he made fun of me. You know what I did? I accepted the defeat and admitted that our opponent was better (like in WC 2010 Argentina defeat to Germany).

I mean Kidult, you are the "soul" of this blog. Be a man. You said you were an athlete. A good athlete accepts defeats and learn from it.

I like what arg2014 posted here:
At least you consider Sosa a player, for me this guy was just a lucky one who dreamed to be a footballer and his dream comes true without real skills.

I'm glad Atletico lost, if they won....Sosa would be a hero here despite every stupid pass he played since he came on pitch. The strongest attacking team won and as I expected it Real would kill the game. That first goal was a gift from Casillas though.

Sosa on our squad list is a crime by itself....It's very embarrassing for a football nation like Argentina to give Sosa a call for a world cup....even if he's just a sub.....winning the world cup depends on every single player. Sosa is a ball boy, and the name sounds a tooth paste brand.

Good news though last night I dreamed of Chile winning the world cup and Alexis Sanchez lifting the trophy in the finale.


travis
(Japan)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 2:34 AM
0
Never been a fan of Simeone as player and manager. Never wanted him to coach Argentina in future as well. He just like Pekerman (Arg vs Ger 2006), park the bus tactic that cost a lot, when you only have the 1-0 lead (against a bigger better team). A pity to AM fans, it was only a minute away from creating a history. This is the kind of coach that i don't even want to lead Argentina to future World Cup.
Even Sabella was better than him in holding up a star-studded team; Estudiantes vs Barca 2009

This is the thing that i hope Sabella won't do next month with Argentina. Never use park the bus tactic against any team, even when Argentina have the 1-0 lead.


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 2:00 AM
0
It seems he was saving his energy for the WC to get on fire!


Johnny
(Thailand)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 1:42 AM
0
@haman-maybe Mohd has some different opinions these days ? Its been a long time since he left in a huff.:)

I would like to see Mohd back dueling with the mega posters.:) But I think he is too smart for that and I can't blame him.


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 1:32 AM
0
Is Mohd here?

Hahahahah.. Their you have top notch rival Kidult.. We'd like to introduce you to the #1 AntiSabella fan!

There you go Mohd.. Heat it up!


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 12:41 AM
0
Ayr18: I wish a was that young again lol but despite my years you are no less of a fan then I am.

age means nothing as we are both fans of our beloved Argentina and both of us go into another w.c with the same hopes and dreams of messi lifting it.


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 12:21 AM
0
Some people havent watched Argentina that long Pablo d. Im 18 and I only been watching Argentina since 2006. I was devasted when we lost to penalties to Germany. Riquelme and Crespo were too of my favorite players. Also Di Maria>Ribery.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 12:15 AM
0
Johnny: yes "the evil empire strikes back" with vengeance and it was a heart breaker for ath.m as they just deserved it in the 90, remember their 2 best players did not play(9 mins from costa only)
their was only going to be one winner in e/t and real deserved it in e.t but 4 was very un fair and a totally unjust score line.

MOHD: also welcome back from me and I agree its great to have you back!!!


Johnny
(Thailand)
Posted on 5/25/2014 at 12:06 AM
2
Welcome back Mohd !! You are badly needed !

Well pablo.d, the Evil Empire wins. How sad. The only good thing is that I was not able to watch it here in Bangkok. I am so glad I couldn't. That ending would have left me sleepless.

As for the Sosa debate, he is an average player at his best and he is rarely at anything approaching "best". This has been the case since he was first called by Sabella. For the life of me I can't see how this goes unnoticed by some posters. I would take Guinazu over Sosa any day of the week and twice on Sunday, and I haven't seen Guinazu play in probably over a year. I could probably come up with a list of 10 midfielders I would take before I chose Sosa. Maybe 20....or more.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 11:40 PM
0
Gino: the goal keeper can only be fillol who is widely regarded world wide in the top 5 gks in the world game of all time.
you still have some fantastic players their.
do we add Di Stefano?
ardiles
Burruchaga
Caniggia
Kempes
crespo
Redondo and take out tevez please.


MS
(India)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 11:37 PM
0
last minute goals always helps, one it boost the confidence and the other it meltdown the opposition. Feels bad for Atletico.
On the brighter side Di Maria had an amazing game.


Gino
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 11:25 PM
0
My Argentina All-time 23

Caballero
Carizzo
Abbondanzieri
Zabaleta
Zanetti
Ruggeri
Garay
Passarella
Ayala
Sorin
Mascherano
Redondo
Cambiasso
Aimar
Riquelme
Maradona
Di Maria
Messi
Crespo
Batistuta
Higuain
Aguero
Tevez


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 11:13 PM
0
NO matter what we say on here, S.O.S is going to Brazil. Start guessing on the last two that will be cut.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 10:55 PM
0
What is this obsession with Sosa , he may be bad and limited player but let us lay off this thing, he is argentine after all , I hope he is not picked at the expense of enzo Perez , but sabella has done some controversial selections already , fingers crossed


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 10:53 PM
0
arg2014: so true x2


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 10:48 PM
0
Posted by John:
"Should any of them see action on Saturday night, I’m sure they will put up their best performance ever. Especially for SOSA since he is still in contention for a place in SABELLA’s final squad to Brazil."

so true !!!


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 10:36 PM
1
SulaV
You made my point man, there are other options. I find it ironic that in every sport including soccer a selection group is made by a committee, not one single person with the exception of the WC. In hockey, basketball, even soccer clubs somebody chooses players and the coach has input but not final say. It seems like a flawed methodology as personal bias eliminates deserving players. In the end the coach gets fired but the country suffers.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 10:29 PM
0
Real madrid got lucky at the end. I really wish athletico won they deserve it but yes sosa is a boludo de mierda. Andate de vuelta a ukrania pelotudo!!!


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 10:29 PM
0
@San Isidro

Tevez is another ronaldo who flops in most of the big games!Look at his european cups career stats.. he is a league player and not a cup player... I would rather take pastore who atleast can create a goal out of nothing.. sadly pastore hit his form too late in the season.. anyways its too late to talk about team selsction I am more concerned about the fitness of our keyplayers like gago aguero and pipita!!


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 10:22 PM
1
One last thing I'd say about Sosa in a way he could understand.

Si ese pedazo de mierda tenia huevos decia a Sabella que no merece estar en el Seleccion.


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 10:17 PM
0
I hope you are right but I often wonder about why some players are excluded as a good coach has the ability to manage egos and be in control. The problem with leaving ou guys like tevez caballero is that you limit your options but it also takes the pressure off players to perform as i don't think DiSanto or Sosa strike fear in anyone's heart to lose their starting spot. Let's just hope our 4 guys play at the level they can as this in all likelihood will be their last go around as all 4 will be on the back end of their playing career.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 10:10 PM
1
hahaha... i suppose after today's abysmal display Sosa has just gifted his place to enzo or augusto.. Sabella has already got rid of one big sack of rotten tomatoes aka " Mr. DiSanto the great" and now i believe its SOSA's turn to be dumped into the dumpster !!


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 10:03 PM
0
@Freeman
As I mentioned earlier Sosa has pictures of Grondona having sex with a farm animal as this is the ONLY logical explanation at this point. Either that or he has marvelous baby sitting skills for little Thiago as Messi laces up.


Freeman E
(Namibia)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 10:00 PM
0
@kid, not that I hate the guy, but truth be told SOSA SUCKS. I hope Enzo is not behind this guy in Sabella's mind, coz he's useless, I don't see what he adds to the team.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 9:58 PM
0
Anybody seen the adidas WC commercial, featuring none other than the man himself

http://www.adidas.com/us/content/soccer


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 9:53 PM
0
@SulaV
Common man, honestly I hope I am wrong but this is the same guy that dives at every chance he gets when he plays with the NT. Like I said I hope I am wrong but this is not the same DiMaria we have seen in 2 years. All I am saying is I better see
the same intensity and playmaking as he is our playmaking midfielder and with the forwards we have goals shouldn't be a problem. If he starts diving and doing his same old horse crap over running routing he should be trashed in the media.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 9:40 PM
0
@San Isidro

Dimaria had a pretty good world cup qualifying campaign and he has been a big game player all season long at madrid... If he doesnt show his madrid form in the WC then that means trouble!!


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 9:28 PM
0
And I don't mean against Iran , Nigeria or the other teams that are the little sisters of the poor. I mean against the big boys.


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 9:27 PM
0
@Sulav
DiMaria better show up at the WC like he did today instead of the horseshit version of him we have been seeing in the NT jersey otherwise the Argentine media will destroy him and rightfully so.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 9:26 PM
0
Di Maria was fantastic in that game from start to end, but to be honest, the man who saved the day for Real was Ramos who did it again after his 2 goals in the semi final. Time was ticking and Real was almost packing, but Ramos injected the kiss of life for Real....the team carried on and got another chance to show the world that they are the best club in the world today. Attacking football defeats a defensive poor and rough play which is fair.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 9:18 PM
0
DiMaria .. "the silent assassin".


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 9:05 PM
0
I really felt sorry for Atletico ,....Couldnt watch the agony on the face of simione but it was one our boys who turned out to be the decider once again. . DiMaira!!
He is one of the top ten players of the world if not the best! All of our fav4 had an incredible season and now its time to carry that momentum into the worldcup!! Vamos Argentina!!


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 9:03 PM
1
@el principe: At least you consider Sosa a player, for me this guy was just a lucky one who dreamed to be a footballer and his dream comes true without real skills.

I'm glad Atletico lost, if they won....Sosa would be a hero here despite every stupid pass he played since he came on pitch. The strongest attacking team won and as I expected it Real would kill the game. That first goal was a gift from Casillas though.

Sosa on our squad list is a crime by itself....It's very embarrassing for a football nation like Argentina to give Sosa a call for a world cup....even if he's just a sub.....winning the world cup depends on every single player. Sosa is a ball boy, and the name sounds a tooth paste brand.

Good news though last night I dreamed of Chile winning the world cup and Alexis Sanchez lifting the trophy in the finale.


Notoraj
(Finland)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 8:41 PM
2
what a piece of shit is this guy Ronaldo.. a fake penalty and his rejoicing make feel puke. he even wasn't happy when Ramos and bale scored!!


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 8:23 PM
2
2014 Jose Sosa = 2010 Ariel Garce.
1 piece of crap split right down the middle.


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 8:21 PM
0
@pep ah I see your point now. So what you're basically saying is; Gago (when and if fit) in a 4-4-2 yes; Gago in fantastic 4 system yes IF playing weaker teams; Gago in a fantastic 4 system when playing top teams NO!
That's fair enough my friend, although for me I don't think we should use the fantastic 4 system against top teams because it's too much of a risk and judging from the brazil and Germany friendlies Sabella seems to agree with me.

Yeah I credited Sosa for stepping up in the Colombia game because the albicelestes were in trouble but the guy just isn't good enough for the NT, it's as simple as that and I would take Enzo and Ricky over Sosa in a heart beat. Unfortunately I am certain that Sabella will take Sosa instead of Perez (Ricky is safe) but like the case with Caballero I just have to respect Sabella's decision even if i don't agree with it.


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 8:00 PM
0
anyways, something we can agree, Sosa should not be in argentina, not at the expense of enzo perez o ricky alvarez....


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 7:44 PM
0
elpipita,
credit to gago for what he brings into the game... for sure he defends better than maradona's choice to play with 4 forwards and masche (maxi rodrigues) ...

now, i dont think gago's defense is good enough to make up for the 4 fantastico...
so, before someone complaints about the 4 back, they should realize that the midfield and forwards are not protecting them...

against top teams, i like gago in a 442, but not playing along the 4 fantasticos...




mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 7:34 PM
1
Pep you seem to be forgetting that one of the main reasons why the Fantastic 4 system worked was Gago himself! His elegant, simple one touch passing, his ability to deliver the ball from the defense to messi when going on the counter and his tireless work helping out Masch in the midfield all contributed to the ticking clock that is the albicelestes.
Again I will repeat my concerns regarding Gago's fitness and to be honest as of right now I would start Biglia (not Enzo or anyone else!) over Gago until I see evidence of Gago regaining full fitness and being able to play consecutive WC games without being injured.
With that being said I hate how so many posters forget all the work that Gago has done for the NT or all the comments about him being 'weak' when the more correct term is 'injury prone' since the two aren't mutually exclusive. Go back and watch the qualifiers and you'll see that Gago left his skin on field in every match.

In the end if a player is a liability to the team then he should be axed regardless of his past contributions but that doesn't mean that fans should forget that said player's impact on the team i.e. you guys don't want Gago on the team because you think his lack of fitness is a liability then that's perfectly fair but give the guy some respect because he wore blue and white with pride!


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 7:12 PM
0
KidultHood,
i agree, that demichellis in the midfield is not a constant need ... and his main position is as a centre back...but as a midfielder he has always had many good games, including, for example, with malaga against real madrid, where he dominated the midfield...

so, yes, agree with you, he is not the best midfielder in the world...or defender...

but i want you to keep in mind that if you are playing with 4 attackers and gago, then do not go and blame rojos or the argentian defense ; because the fault for the bad defense lays in gago and playing with 4 attackers...

so, you are right, most likely sabella will never do it, play masche and demichellis together, but it is a solution to achieve some balance, which with by keeping the 4 fantastico and gago you dont achieve....


Pino
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 7:08 PM
0
Finally after 4 long years, the WC is back.

Vamos Argentina!


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 7:05 PM
0
One other thing,
Real Madrid proved how classless they are at the end.
I felt sad for Simeone. Carlo gets to substitute Marcelo and Cholo has nothing but that piece of turd Sosa. Hopefully Cholo will get a shot if Sabella falls short.


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 7:02 PM
0
Pep: Demichelis playing in Midfield for Argentina is a bad idea, did you watch the Chelsea game where Pelegrini made him start as a DM? Demichelis playing in the DM position for Man City was his worse performance of the season in a City shirt...He (Demi) will add nothing going forward because at some point our midfield players will need to push forward not only defending...And also playing Demi in midfield will drag Messi deeper in the middle of the park which will take away some of Messi effectiveness going forward, Argentina can not play counter attacking football with Demi starting in midfield.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 7:01 PM
0
We can play fab4 with masch -Perez midfield not gago, we need players who can hussle and bustle with a lot of energy, a midfield with masch-Perez-di maria will be beast


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:59 PM
1
Correction Pep, Gago played well in Real but got injured and we all know how a uber-rich club like Real treats it's players.
Gago was average in Roma that is true, while his exit from Valencia had nothing to do with his game and everything to do with him clashing with the team's board of directors over the firing of the then Argentine coach.
I am worried about Gago's fitness and form like all of you but I would take a limping Gago over a fit Demi any day of the week.
Some fans need to stop taking club form over the NT form; Demi was a disaster for the NT throughout Batista's tenure and that continued into Sabella's, that's why he got kicked out and we all breathed a sigh of relief and then suddenly Demi started playing for a fancy club and he's good enough to play in the defense and midfield if need be!??

I said it before and I will keep saying it, to me club from means little as long as the player is getting regular playing time and more importantly the player has consistently proven himself for the NT. So to me the NT form trumps club form any day of the week and twice on sunday.
Based on that Demi has no business being back on the NT and I don't give a crap how well he plays for City.

As for Gago, I love Gago to death but if he ain't fit then I HOPE AND PRAY TO GOD that he doesn't go to the WC because Messi, Kun, Gago and any of my favorite players can go to hell for all I care because at the end of the day I don't support the player I support the shirt.


chris
(India)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:57 PM
0
i saw many comments comparing diego simeone to jose mourinho...but i would say he is a mixture of both pep and jose...the funny part is he defends like pep( the pressing style) and attacks like jose( counter attacks)...when both peps defending is bad so is mourinho's attaching...and he has made dis style his own..sheer genious...but todays turning point ws substitution of felipe luiz and injury of jaunfran


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:56 PM
2
@pep, Demichelis has a elite Nt career too,one of his best matches was against Germany,the QF match of 2010 WC


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:53 PM
0
ddr1123 Sabella can afford to start all the fantastic 4..Players like Higuain and Aguero are so good with the ball at their feet, it allows them to drop deep if necessary....Argentina for me have the best team heading into the world cup..If we play to the best of our abilities then all dreams will be possible in Brazil this summer.



San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:53 PM
0
Guys
Please help me out...am I the only one on this forum that is PISSED as shit at DiMaria for today's performance because in my gut I know he never plays like this for the NT???

What is this shit we get compared to today???
Please help.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:53 PM
0
@san isidro lol at #2


chris
(India)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:51 PM
0
Di maria was truely the angel for real madrid...and from the game another analysis was..PLS DONT take sosa to brazil...he came in 65th minute and was panting for breath in the extra time...no use of him...below average player...!!!
and sabella pls give di maria a few days rest...he has already out run himself for real dis whole season...!!!


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:47 PM
1
Atletico is a team consisting of average players.Gabi,Raul Garcia,Godin,Miranda,Juanfran all are average players,Costa was an unknown name before this very season.It is Simione who made them look better.Simione is like the big permanent magnate and his players are steel coil.The steel acts like magnate as long as permanent magnate touches them and if they lose the touch of magnate,they are just average steal.If simione quits atletico this moment,this very
atletico squad won't make to CL spot next season.


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:41 PM
1

elpipita,
gago was kicked of real madrid, roma, valencia and did more than poorly in velez and boca due to his POOR defending...

demichellis has succeeded and been important in successful Bayern, málaga, and manchester city's teams... only masche and demichellis can be considered to have elite career at the club level...
yes, he is slow, but he can read the game well and his tackling skills are as good as they come...
does he make mistakes? they all do...is he thiago silva? no...

but, when you have 4 attackers, masche demis midfield is stronger than a masche gago...


ddr1123
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:40 PM
1
Di maria is indeed the key player. Looks like we are going to play Fantastic 4. Leave the goal keeper. Now we are left with just 6 players in the field to defend and distribute to F4. Which is a recipe for disaster. So, at least 2 out of F4 need to press and defend a lot. One is Di Maria, he is the most important player for the balance. Messi needs to run a little more for the NT. Pipita will be the first header while defending free kicks and corners. Kun needs to come down and defend. Messi, Kun and Pipita need to press high. I wish Maxi was 5 years younger. He brings the balance.


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:39 PM
0
Yes- When I saw Sosa on the pitch, I said Simeone made a huge mistake and Real will equalize.
Despite, the lack of skill Sosa has. He doesn't have the grit of Atletico players, he adds nothing, he might have good few passes, but he's slow and has no business with football!

Yes- elprincipe you are right. Sosa is luckiest MF on the world of football!

It was heartbreaking seeing Simeon loses it in the last 2 minutes. However he surpassed his limits and exceeded the expectations after all.
Congrats Diego, you are a super coach and your team got balls!


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:38 PM
1
Just 2 points
1) I am happy for DiMaria....but a word of caution Angel. You best leave your f**ing guts on the field like you did today for the NT or all Argentines will cut you apart to little pieces and forever remember you as a mercenary. Personally, after seeing your performances on the NT compared to today it sickens me that you regularly underperform.

2) Jose Sosa must have naked pictures of Grondona screwing a donkey because this guy is bad at most things and terrible in some things and frankly slow as shit. I can literally go 80 players deep on Argentina before we get to his name.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:38 PM
0
@elprincipe take it easy with Sosa thing, atletico lost becouse they get tired in the extra time and Real Madrid is better team then atletico , only bale costs more then all atletico players combined, btw di Maria is the man if the match


ddr1123
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:37 PM
1
@mohd I think Kid said Athleti is not an average team.

Anwyay, in my mind these same players were average before Simone came in. This team would do lot better with Kun or Falcao and Simone at helm. I noticed comments about Simone's parking the bus tactics. There is a lot of difference between Mourinho parking the bus with the riches and talent of Chelsea and Simone with some hard workers. Also, I do not think Athleti parked the bus. They pressed tremendously in the midfield, worked well as a unit all across the field.


Toby
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:33 PM
0
I'm gutted for Atletico. But what a season they've had. Simeone has worked wonders at that club.

And it was great to see Di Maria play so well. He's become such a key player for us.


Mohd
(Lebanon)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:29 PM
1
KidultHood: where do you get your stuff?! really. seems your not getting the point: Simeone made Atleti a non-average team. before him it was.


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:16 PM
0
I am just glad club football is over, geesh!!!Time to turn the page, its world cup time, no more club ball talk for me as of 6:15 pm my time..Congrats Real and well done Atlety, now just move aside European league already..


Nicky B
(Jamaica)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:07 PM
1
You NEED game CHANGERS when coming off the bench and not just players to come on and fill a spot you NEED GAME CHANGERS and for me Sosa does not offer that. No disrespect to the guy but the TRUTH is evident


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:06 PM
0
Don't fool yourself man, Atlety is no average team, where do you guys get these stuff from..


Nicky B
(Jamaica)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:05 PM
0
Not hitting on Sosa but his turn overs was like almost any time he touches the ball and its not just this game its his game on a whole his turn overs is what would make it even more detrimental at world cup


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:05 PM
1
Sad for Ateltico because simione has done miracles with that team, infact if hollywood was ever going to attempt a movie about footb--- er "soccer" it should be about this season's Atletico.
With that being said I am jumping for joy, WHY?!, because Angel is unscathed!
I look at Uruguay and see Suarez likely to miss the WC; I look at Colombia and see Folcao racing against time to recover; I look at Chile and see Vidal recovering from surgery; I look at poor Germany and see Neur and Lahm injured (but will recover in time), Ozil, Schwanstieger struggling with fitness, Kadhira just coming back from a major injury and Bender missing out on the WC all together; I look at Italy and realize that their most inform striker (Rossi) will miss out on the WC; Finally I look at the Dutch and realize that their main midfielder (Strooman) won't make the WC.
After looking in all these directions I have come to the realization that while we are worried about Gago's recovery and kun's fitness, overall all IT COULD BE ALOT WORSE! That god the Albicelestes are intact overall.

Finally about Sosa, well I will complement the guy on being a hard working team player and I will also consent to the fact that he played 2 great matches for Argentina (the away game against Colombia in WCQ and the friendly against Germany).
With all that being said, Sosa has no business being on a prestigious team like Argentina, no business at all!
The same goes for Demichiles! I am shocked at the fact that some of you want him to replace Gago in the midfield! That would be a mitigated disaster!! Not only is Demi error prone he's also turtle like slow and with him being in the midfield is like playing with 10 players because Masch would be too busy covering up for his mistakes.
I accept the fact that Sabella wants to take him because of his recent good form, but we should take a lesson(s) from all the NT screw ups that caused him to be dropped in the first place.


Mohd
(Lebanon)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:05 PM
4
@KidultHood: i did not comment here for ages. but when i saw your comment, i just could not hold it.
criticizing Simeone for 'parking the bus'!!! backfired!!!

what would have been your strategy exactly? a good coach plays to the ability of his players. Do you really think Atletico could have battled real in fancy football? do you think a squad which collectively does not cover for Bale's price would come out and play total football? And remember this is a squad missing their two best attacking players in Costa and Turan.

Simeone's only mistake was risking Costa, other than that Simeone took an average team and made it a group of lions.


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:04 PM
1
Atletico was 2 minutes away from winning it.. if Simeone put two defenders to guard the two posts then ramos wouldn't have equalized.. it was a very costly mistake indeed,, they were not prepared to play extra time.. Di maria speed and pace completely bamboozled atletico's tired defense and the rest is history.. but still Simeone was 2 minutes away from winning the biggest prize and showing the world that without spending zillions of dollars,, a small team can still win with resilient spirit and strong team work.. For that they deservedly won the La Liga and Simeone deserves every applaud for building a team that was in 10th place in La liga 2 years ago..

Florentino Perez must be relieved.. after spending billions and billions of dollars on big "galacticos" he has finally achieved his goal... They can only buy success just like chelsea and Man city.. Real Madrid doesn't produce players in their academy and they don't follow any particular football ideology.. they brought their 10th CL win with very handsome checks from Perez's pockets.. in this way,, they can win a 100 decimas but they will still not come even close artistry and the fantasy of the Barcelona of 2009-11... in that respect,, Barcelona can be very proud of their history as they've played football in it's most truest form in sharp contrast to their rivals..

I will congratulate Madrid on that day when they win without spending a dime from that Monster's pockets.. Until that day Barcelona remains the Greatest in many football purist's view..


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 6:03 PM
0
No need for the ''making love to sosa as well'' comments I think we are all grown ups here..Simeone tactics backfire end of story..Did Villa had a shot on goal? Atlety had the game won up until the final few seconds, they lost get over it..Stop using Sosa as a scapegoat!!!


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:59 PM
2
kidt: are you making love to sosa as well.
the crap you write is just that some times, please try and be more objective on players.
sosa is poor, really poor and not at all international class if you can see that.

I agree sosa was not the sole reason ath lost but if you cant see how poor he is and what he offers then I question your vision, perhaps you need new glasses.


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:57 PM
0
I surely don't want to see my beloved Argentina playing park bus football giving the opponent 60% of the ball..Sorry Simeone I don't want you coaching Argentina with these tactics, the next thing you know Messi, Aguero and Higuain will all be playing as defenders.


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:53 PM
0
I don't think people here are really Sosa lover, the fact that he's a Argentina player, some here would like to see him do good, but then again, some will like to see him fail..Remember this, God don't like ugly and even the best like Messi can have bad games...


Dr.Magdy
(Egypt)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:51 PM
1
What a LOSA!!


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:50 PM
0
Atlety lost, so the easy way is to blame Sosa by some here on Mundo...Pathetic are some of these fans on Mundo..Real was the better side,Atlety was playing park bus football..Look at the stats, Real had more touches and more accurate passes..Sosa had nothing to do with this defeat..Simeone made mistakes in both the game vs Barcelona and the one today..There was no need to start Costa against Barcelona because all they needed was a point, you're the coach tell Costa to sit his butt on the bench and have more recovery time for the UCL final..Tonight again, Simeone made the mistake of starting an injured Costa who was in worse off shape than he was for the Barcelona game..Once the game go over into extra time Atlety was always going to be on the back foot..Simeone park bus strategy back fire that's it, stop trying to use Sosa as a scapegoat.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:46 PM
0
@maraDON

Yes there are Sosa lovers here :p Let's wait for the next 10+ minutes, those Sosa lovers would post something :p


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:42 PM
0
no one here is a sosa lover you depressed person i hope your not making youtube vids about it from the cabin of your bmw LOL like that deranged kid in america lol


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:35 PM
0
Remember that Di Maria's assist came from the left or Sosa'a area. He was supposed to defend Di Maria as his position made him go head to head with Di Maria.

I know some Sosa LOVERS would be pissed at me for keep saying this, but I can't help it. May I repeat again? Sosa SUCKS!


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:32 PM
1
If Sosa was that good, Simeone would sign him next season for Atletico.

I see Sosa having more chance to play for Estudiantes, his old team than Simeone's team. It's simple. Sosa came on and -4 in goals. Marcelo came on and +4 in goals.

Sorry Sosa, you suck. Thank you for proving us that you can not do anything at all.

Sosa:
dribbling 3/10
passing 4/10
back pass 10/10
set piece 7/10
speed 2/10
shooting 3/10

Go ahead call him Sabella. I don't care. He won't do anything anyway.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:27 PM
1
actually it was the commentators that called the change of the match after sosa came on.
ath.m had to start their main goal scorer, it back fired on them sadly .


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:24 PM
0
realbget loans from the spanish goverment 2 years later the debt is wiped PURE CORRUPTION


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:23 PM
0
What did I tell you about Sosa? Sosa made you play with 10 men as he has special ability, that no other players have: doing nothing.

It's funny how he lost the ball in an easy counter attack.

Sosa came on and Real scored 4 goals. He's our next Nelson Vivas.

Go ahead call him Sabella. I won't be upset. The 23rd player won't play in the world cup anyway!


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:23 PM
0
put your top on ronaldo making yourself look stupid what a attention whore


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:22 PM
0
Well after spending 300 billion over 5 season, Real finally won a UCL title..


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:21 PM
0
ok ronny u scored a peno against a exhursted team when the game was already won DOUCHBAG what a clown


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:20 PM
0
The prospect of having Messi, Di Maria, Aguero and, Higuain on the same team is frightening With Maxi, palacio and, lavezzi off the bench :P..


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:19 PM
0
Sosa should change his name to S.O.S without an A.


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:18 PM
0
dimaria amazing assist, and blinding the keeper for the 3rd goal ,his had a great night


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:18 PM
0
Its funny how you guys trying to pick out Sosa as the reason why Atlety is losing..You guys never failed to amaze me..Simeone starting Costa was the biggest mistake then subbing him that early using a needless sub..


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:17 PM
0
HAHAHAHA SOSA....

S.O.S A


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:17 PM
0
the difference have been the last subs as Marcello has been fantastic for real but sosa a night to forget.
di maria should be motm


maht
(Ireland)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:13 PM
1
Sosa along with ronaldo are the worst player today


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:10 PM
1
lok what was sosa doing ran quicker than the ball, then gave away the ball to concede goal. only consolation is sabella recognises he comfortable on the ball like perez.


maht
(Ireland)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:10 PM
1
Di maria made real madrid win the champions league.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:06 PM
0
really believe perez needs to go ahead of sosa


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 5:02 PM
0
oh dear even the commentators have had a go at sosa saying since he came on r.m have dominated.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 4:47 PM
0
Di maria assist?


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 4:45 PM
0
dimaria has been amazing,lets see what happens


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 4:41 PM
0
noooooo a last min injury time equaliser-extra time


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 4:10 PM
0
sosa on athletico will win WORLDS NO 1 LUCKY BASTARDO


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 4:08 PM
0
Di Maria is Real best player..At the moment Real only have one play book, and that's counter attacking..AM is no Bayern Munich.


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 3:58 PM
0
dimaria is reals best hope and is looking deadly , PLAYMAKER thru and thru....

clearly not running to much ether keep away from injurie,athletico looking solid


maht
(Ireland)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 3:57 PM
0
I think Dimaria is playing very well today


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 3:48 PM
0
Khedira was so awful..And this is the one of the Germany mighty midfielders that our players are inferior to?


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 3:42 PM
1
The word God has become so cheap!


pa
(India)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 3:37 PM
0
GOD(IN) scored for athletico madrid


pa
(India)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 3:37 PM
0
GOD(IN) scored tor athletico madrid


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 1:22 PM
1
Argentina

Oddschecker figures put Brazil's South American rival Argentina second-favorite. Oddly enough, this is the more exciting of the two squads.

Thrills are surely guaranteed by the presence of Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Lionel Messi in attack. Watching that attacking trio receive supply from devilishly gifted Angel di Maria will be one of the joys of the tournament.

''Won the last two World Cups in South and Central America and are strong candidates to make it a treble across the River Uruguay after tango-ing through qualifying. Alex Sabella, once of Sheffield United and Leeds, has built the side around Lionel Messi and was rewarded when he finally produced his Barcelona form for the Albiceleste.''


If Sabella's team plays to its talent level, it could be impossible to stop. That would likely bring the best out of Brazil, who would be loath to witness lifting the World Cup at the Maracana.

BBC Sport South American football writer Tim Vickery predicts a Brazil-Argentina final. He cites Argentina's seemingly comfortable route to progress:

''Predictions, of course, make fools of us all. But if Brazil are candidates for a place in the final, there is much to be said in Argentina's favour as well - in addition to their own virtues, coach Alejandro Sabella's team have also been received the benefit of the luck of the draw.

This is not merely - or even mostly - because Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria are not the most daunting of opponents. More important is the location of Argentina's matches.

Whether they finish first or second in their group, the same observation applies; Argentina will play the entire tournament without going any higher up the country than Brasilia.

This means that all of their matches will be relatively near their own country. More significantly, though, Argentina will never have to play in the heat of the North and North East which is not only uncomfortable, it also has a draining effect on performance.''


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 1:09 PM
1
Kid: if Chile is knocked out, will you change your name to Lin or "Chin"?


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 1:08 PM
0
Heat won't be a factor for European teams, they started training early choosing a hot spot for their camps. Skills, squad depth, stamina, tactics and determination will decide who will progress. I said at least 2 European teams will get to the semis, and only if most S.American teams flop, then there will be 3 European teams in the semis which is logical.

On a side note: I don't see Chile qualified over both Spain and Netherlands both winner and runner up last world cup. Both teams have better systems, squad depth and coaching staff. Alexis Sanches is a bad finisher and that will translate to his national team.


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 1:06 PM
0
arg2014 1 , 3, 4, 5 are all rubbish just to let you know.. :)


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 12:55 PM
0
arg2014 keep dreaming buddy..You see how all the German players are already injuring like flies, how you think they will cope in South America after a long European season..Bro I play football in 87 - 90 degree heat all the time, so I know what I am talking about..I even ran track and field in those same conditions,so I know what I am talking about..You cant make such an assumption that 3 European teams will make the semifinal at this summer world cup when history don't back up your arguments...Just be logical man, you're even more optimistic than the European teams..

You're basing team progress at this summer world by the players they have and the clubs they play for, that's all I see you do..Of course even a 10 year old kid would have your same opinions after watching European football season after season..

Oh, Ecuador is a ''crap'' team, who plays for them again? only Valencia a Man United player, they wont do anything at the world cup..

Chile can't compete with the likes of Spain and Germany or even Holland because Chile only have Vidal and Alexis..Oh well, Chile will finish third or maybe ''dead last'' in group B

Colombia ''can't make'' the semifinal because they only have Falcao and they also have 40 year old goal keeper who is a liability ( I wonder how did that turnout for Belgium?)..

Uruguay can't make the semis either because England and Italy are way superior to them...

Well, well,well Argentina and Brazil have better shot because they have more prominent players on their squad that plays for top European teams, so of course they will make the semis..

Comparing Rome with today Amazon? SMH..Mexico City is North America not South America..Did a European team won btw?


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 11:47 AM
0
@Kid: what was the temperature of Mexico City in June 1986 and Roma in June 1990?


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 11:45 AM
0
FACT this world cups best playmaker messi

fact the second best playmaker is dimaria

OPINION argentina midfield has no playmaker , everyones got thee opinions, but im a FACTUAL PERSON

the fact is are midfild has the best playmakers


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 11:40 AM
1
As for this game, Real Madrid will kill it.

@Kid: you think that 3 S.American teams reach the semi final, and I have to tell you that at least 2 if not 3 European teams will get to the semi final. I have said it over and over that Europe is bread and butter for FIFA, also the old days of European teams can't excel on S.Amercian turf or S.American teams can't excel in Europe are all gone....this is a new era of football and in 2010 the top 3 teams were from Europe.

Today, the team to beat is Brazil....put the emotion aside folks....very balanced team in every position and corner, coaching is top and recent achievements proves it. As for Argentina, we still have some flaws in the team, forget about predictions, favorites or Brazil/Argentina finale, etc....5 reasons can stop us from achieving our goal:

1) Defence is set of strong/average and weak personnel.....zabaleta & Garay are superb but the rest are mediocre.

2) Goalkeeping is probably the worst 5 goalkeepers going to Brazil. You can't reach the finale with a goalie who was on vacation for a year.

3) Midfield that lacks a playmaker....not linked well with attack.....Mascherano is the best pivot in the world, but Di Maria has no strength to hold the midfiled and he's more of an attacker.....Gago is made of glass despite his skills and passing ability.

4) Subs are not the same level as starters, subs won't change results for us and I'm talking in general....Maxi is an exception. Sabella didn't select his subs properly.....even in the attack department, Lavezzi & Palacio are no goal scorers. Don't expect them to come and change the result in our favor if Higuain - Aguero are out and Messi is tired passing the balls to these two but with no luck. Some fresh talents like Icardi, Iturbe, etc....should have been added to the crew. Lamela is missing sadly- the guy has unique touches can surprise everyone.

5) Coaching is good but no records we rely on so far other than topping the qualification with the absence of Brazil. The tactics against defensive teams is still in doubt, and the fluidity of the passing scheme is still in the work....no final product as of yet.


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 11:23 AM
0
Reus: Germany not among World Cup favorites due to heat


"First of all, I associate with Brazil with the World Cup and football - but also the heat, which will play a major role," Reus reasoned. "We will prepare very well and are working hard to achieve the necessary strength and conditioning.

"But the favorites? It's the South Americans, due to the conditions, which will give them an advantage."


All the major contenders saying they're not the favorites except for Brazil and Spain.


rup
(India)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 11:19 AM
0
seriously im just a bit tensed praying dimaria come out unscathed from this will root for athletico for simeone i think he deserved it


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 11:03 AM
0
This is the season of "whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbled himself will be exalted".

August 2013, Diego Simeone said that La Liga is not interesting because it's just between Barcelona and Madrid.

The result is: Simeone's Atletico won the league

Jose Pekerman said when his Chelsea was in round 16 in CL, "PSG is the strongest team this year. They will win the CL". Then his team happened to meet PSG in the QF.

The result is: Chelsea beat them.

I've been reading a lot about us humbling ourselves. Sabella said that to achieve the final four is good enough. Sabella also believes that Brazil, Spain, and Germany are the favorites, not them.

Fede Fernandez said he does not believe that Argentina would win it.

I hope that's a good sign... whoever humbled himself will be exalted.



maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 10:40 AM
0
dimaria loosing a final is bad luck for us but then simione winning would be great im no real lover , but dimaria has been the best attacking mid-winger in all europe this season and is aone of talent...

he is by far reals best player in tems of team play effort and ground cover,my heart is saying athletico but i want dimaria in a winning final for luc but saying that if sosa gets a call theres are luck his one lucky bastard that guy

he brings us all the luck we need maybe the gods are telling us something here ether way its ARGENTINA winning


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 10:28 AM
0
real will win most likely, real madrid is the most complete team this season when they have most of their majority guys on the field.


Batigol
(India)
Posted on 5/24/2014 at 8:43 AM
0