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Posted by Roy Nemer (Roy Nemer) Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Go To Comments

Hernan CRESPO: Lionel MESSI's World Cup

Hernan CRESPO spoke about the 2002 World Cup, the 2014 World Cup and MESSI. Here's what he had to say:

"No doubt about it, because we had the team to be world champions. We had young players, great players, everything. It was terrible. Out of the three World Cups I played in, the best team was the one that got eliminated the earliest (2002)."

"If Argentina wins the World Cup in Brazil, I advise them to have a helicopter near by because they're going to get killed! Hah! It would be beautiful. Argentina's a great team but it's been a while they haven't made it to the semi finals. We should understand that we're a very good team, that we have a chance but that we've only won two World Cups."

If this will be MESSI's World Cup:
"God willing. Hopefully."

On HIGUAIN:
"I've liked him since he was at River. Hopefully he can be the best number 9 in history. What I did was in the past, I enjoyed it but it's history. He's a good guy."




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dollon
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 1:37 PM
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ABSULETLY RIGHT...


rup
(India)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 10:16 AM
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argentina need winning mentality and above all believe of themselves without overconfidence


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(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 10:12 AM
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Batigol9
(Estonia)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 8:59 AM
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If there is good penalty, goalkeeper cant save it. Germans are like maschines :S


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 8:47 AM
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In 2006, I was actually sure that we would win the PK shootout since Leo Franco, the goalie who replaced el Pato was the best goalie at PK in la liga. I think he stopped 4-5 PK in 2005-2006 la liga season.

I was surprised that he could not stop any against Germany.


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 6:22 AM
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I agree with that , and we should have won the match . But my point was we are giving too much hype for our 06 team.


Abs
(United States)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 6:21 AM
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@pablo.d:

Pato's injury was the reason we lost that game.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 5:17 AM
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baker: the mistake was not going for the kill, at 1-0 with 30 to go the germans had to push up as they needed to score and that leaves gaps at the back as they push forward but if you go into defensive mode to early as we did it allows your opposition to attack you while not putting pressure on them.


travis
(Japan)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 5:03 AM
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they both pekerman and maradona both failed tactically, maybe with sabella we can expect something different.

but all three of them share one same mistakes; them three left out some of the best players at home.

i just can't wait to see what sabella will do that'll make him as best manager (tactically) argentina have in around 15 years.


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 4:52 AM
1
Although I don't like to talk about the sad memory we have had experience for the last 28 yrs WC since 1986, especially the tragedy of Peckerman's 2006; the substitute of Riquelme is mainly due because of his fatigues. The lazy magician is playing with 'potatoes leg' although the goal came from his corner kick and convert beautifully by Ayala. The mistake is more on Cruz subs, useless.

Let's hope and keep our faith that it will not happened again in Brazil and Albiceleste brings back home their glory. Vamos Argentina, don't make me cry again - :-)


rup
(India)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 4:45 AM
1
batigol9 u remember when the last time spain won in qf before 2010?? so this kind of stats doesnt mattr brazil won in 94 aftr 24 long years so we also can do that but need some luck


rup
(India)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 4:41 AM
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for me 2006 was painful we had a great team pekerman is a good coach also just that his ego was too big i was hoping i get to see messi atleast as a sub in that match but aftr 3 substitutes i was realy dissapointed and final nail in the coffin came from that klose headed goal that was cruel but mind you that was in germany so not that bad germany actually couldnt beat us and we all know penalty is somewhat lottery


Batigol9
(Estonia)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 4:16 AM
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Guys, one sad point, I just realised. Do You know, when was the last time, we beat some really big team in World Cup? It was back in 1990!!!!! 1998 we beated England (not so big ;p) with penalty-kicks. NO BIG VICTORIES SINCE THEN! Something to think about!


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 3:57 AM
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Actually many will disagree with me , but i am feeling we are overrating 2006 team way too much.

Yest it was a good team and playing nice football. and yes we had one hell of match against serbia. But just re watch the matches against mexico and germany.
How many chances are we created...? , how many time we threated german defense..?
i will say we were lacking some killer instinct in those matches.

and about riqulme sub , that guy was ran out of gas after 60 mins. so what are we expecting to do from a coach. But yes i prefer to sub him with aimar in place of cambiasso .


Ariel
(Canada)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 12:56 AM
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@Gabo #1 and #8 pain me the most, such silly decisions.


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 6/11/2014 at 12:04 AM
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@Gabo, thumbs up for your great summary; Hopefully Sabella learned much from that mistake, he was the Pasarella's asst coach in 1998, That's the reason he emphasize the balance of the team now.
Bilardo is a tactican, although he is not involving with the technical matters but he is the thinker and knows to handle the straight or crook ways.


GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 5:27 PM
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@Gabo...Ditto my friend. I guess there needs to be a perfect balance of caution and confidence amongst the team and coaching staff involved to avoid complacency and irrational decisions.


gabo
(United States)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 5:21 PM
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@el principe: I understand if Sabella wants to experiment with his players in friendlies or even qualifying games. But there are some obvious mistakes that are to be avoided should a team want to become a champion, and I can only hope this is the case this time around.




gabo
(United States)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 5:16 PM
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@GAB: well said! The importance of the subs cannot be overemphasized. We have so many players who can come in and change the pace of the game in their own way. I am surely counting on them.




el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 5:08 PM
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@Gabo

Very true. I like your post. In every World Cup especially since 1994, the coach made major mistakes that cost us he game. In 1990, the referee made that big mistake giving Brehme PK.

I really hope that Sabella won't make any especially in the crucial minutes. It is not enough to just expect the players not to make mistake, the coach must no make mistake either.

I notice that in the past especially in the whole 2013 friendlies/WCQ, Sabella made a couple of bad subs that resulted in the opponents scoring against us. I hope he fixes that.


GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 4:49 PM
1
@Gabo, very true about past mistakes being repeated and I too hope that is the case. There are indeed parallels between this team and 2006 - great coach and superb list, and in the back of my mind I hope history doesn't repeat itself. But it's at the back of my mind and not the front if that makes sense, meaning I'm not too concerned about it.

Pressure does funny things to people and Peckerman's subs in the 2006 Qtr final is a perfect example. Time will tell but I have this strange and unexplainable feeling that this team will go far. Let's not forget we have some star players who are playing their 3rd WC now and I think they (as we as fans) have endured enough heartache and that will be a huge motivating factor to prevent irrational decisions from being made...I hope :)


gabo
(United States)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 4:35 PM
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@GAB: sometimes the mistakes in the past have been repeated. We all look forward to the games ahead more hopeful than ever, but I for one hope that we have learned from our mistakes.


gabo
(United States)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 4:33 PM
3
If I could, I would create a poll asking for the worst decision by a manager/player in the recent world cup to see which one is the nightmare we don't want to see again! As you can see, some of these mistakes have been repeated in the past. What makes you think that Sabella/our players won't repeat them?

I have to say I've followed the NT since 1990. I don't know of history before that but feel free to fill in the gap.

Here are my worst nightmares (ranking is in order of the tragedy or almost tragedy that followed):

1) Pekerman's substitutions against Germany: Crespo<- Cruz, Riquelme<-Cambiasso.

needless to say, it took Germans only a minute to score after learned they can attack without having to worry about the back.

2) Ortega's headbutting Van der Sar in 1998.

What a waste! If Maradona did that thing against Brazil, it was in 85th minutes and Argentines were trailing 3-0 and already out of world cup! you idiot! that team had a decent chance at winning the world cup.

3) Islas's and Jose Basualdo andfatal mistakes against Romania in 1994 (which led to 1st and 3rd goals).

It's been a long time, but it still pains me whenever I'm reminded of it.

4) Building a team around Ortega: 1998-2002

need I say more?

5) Leaving Veron out of the starting XI in quarter final against Germany in 2010.

I really think this would've made a big difference.

6) Batistuta<- Crespo in 1998 against England.

Pasarella admitted that this was a big mistake after the game. I guess Pekerman was busy driving his cab when Pasarella said that!

7) Leaving Redondo/Caniggia out of 1998 squad.

yeah, but we looked civilized on the field. who cares if we didn't win the world cup?

8) Leaving Zanetti out of 2006-2010 world cup.

(to be fair, Sabella has done a good job of avoiding the likes of 4-8 so far. Can't say the same about 9)

9) Using Islas, instead of Goycochea in 1994.

10) Caniggia's hand-balling against italy in 1990 semi-finals for no good reason (this led to a yellow card and caused him to miss the final!)

11) Balbo missing that 1-1 (got it from an amazing play by Simeone) with the Romanian goal keeper already on the ground, and he just shot it directly at him! (he knew better).

12) Batistuta hitting the post against Netherland in 1998.

For most players, this is a really good play. But I count it as a mistake since Batigol does not hit the post from that angle any day or any other day! this was a one time thing!






GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 3:47 PM
0
Guys, rather than reflect on past failures, let's look forward to future glory which is around the corner.

If you need something to pep you up, then check this out. It's a clip of the 2010 ARG team singing after they beat URU 1-0 at the airport....friggin awesome!

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B2FQiHunito


gabo
(United States)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 3:45 PM
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@pablo.d: For me 2002 was the worst too. The problem was, of course, relying on Ortega! They were not going to get anywhere with him in charge of offense. He was entertaining but really a team wrecker. He always lacked football (or otherwise) IQ, but in 2002 this was accentuated by his lack of focus. He would keep the ball so long in his feet to eventually lose it one way or the other. He couldn't supply Batistuta as much he would've loved either. We had a team which on average controlled the ball 70% of the time, but scored a mere two goals in three matches (which came sort of out of nowhere).

I would rank 2006 above 2010 though. Pekerman's mistake was unforgivable, but we don't also forget the last minute foul on Rodriguez inside the box that was not called. The way they kicked Abbondanzieri and got away with it is another story. So in principle, we could've won that game. Of course, we missed Zanetti too, even more than 2010.






SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 3:18 PM
1
julio cruz over messi?? Pekerman seriously??? Messi at the age of 17 was already a better finisher than crespo, saviola and tevez... and he sends julio cruz??????


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 3:07 PM
1
for me 2002 was the worst, then 06 peckerman got it so wrong with his subs and tactics trying to defend a 1 goal lead, then 98, 94 and finally 2010


GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 3:05 PM
1
I personally think that when you factor in coaching staff and players, this current 2014 WC squad is close to being one of AFA's best in history. It is a complete team with immense talent on the bench too...such depth.

Retrospectively, it's quite amazing how this team and coach have evolved, having transformed into such a potent team with a lot of the weaknesses in the midfield and defence having been resolved. I remember some of my crazy and pessimistic comments about Sabella early in his tenure in 2011 and how happy I am that he has proven me quite wrong :)

Now let's go win this fucking World Cup!!!!! Vamos Argentina carrajo!!!!


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 2:48 PM
0
you guys seem to be missing the importance of enzo perez, together with masch and dimaria, the three world class midfielder we have...


GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 2:24 PM
0
Hola muchachos, I just read an interesting article on Goal.com about why Messi seems to vomit in matches. According to Sabella, he believes It's down to nerves and that Messi has anxiety issues.

Messi claims he's had 'a thousand exams' on the issue and there is no medical cause for that has been identified. Here's the link in case anyone is interested.

http://www.goal.com/en-au/news/4034/world-cup-2014/2014/06/11/4873387/sabella-anxiety-causes-messi-to-be-sick-during-matches?ICID=HP_BN_4


Juli2014
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 1:33 PM
0
I agree that the 2006 was a beautiful team and we just had back luck. I think after Pato got injured we were demoralized...


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 12:41 PM
0
We have to believe a big fact that last time we reached at the semi final of WC is in 1990 when MARADONA was playing..!! Since then we had many top players but still could not get into top 4. I agree with most of you that 2002 team was the recent best...when you see the players at that time and the form we had. But they crashed out in the group stage..it was a disaster..:(
For me the team who had the best chance to win the WC was 2006 Pekerman's team. Bad luck was the BIG reason why we crashed out in 2006. I still believe in 2006 we deserved it more than anyone.


Caniggia
(Hong Kong)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 12:36 PM
0
@leonard thanks for the link. I think the article is harsh to bring up the previous world cups seeing as the performances were largely influenced by the manager at those times. The weakness they state are true and our back line is considered ordinary, they missed to point out that this team is a team. Not a collection of individuals of years past. Also, they did not credit Sabella's achievement with so called mediocre Estudiantes against the strongest Barca at the time and it does not seem to me that we are weak at defending set pieces now.


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 12:07 PM
0
2002 was the most heartbreaking and painful.. the team had Legends in it and still missed penalties after penalties against Sweden... It was the worst year in Argentina history,, if we won that WC then this generation of fans would've admired Argentina far more than Brazil.. 2006 was another great chance but tactical failures meant that the world was witnessing the most beautiful team not winning a single trophy for decades..

I hope it all changes this year...


rup
(India)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 11:40 AM
0
i still feel that was not the best team aftrall win is the most important thing if u loose no mattr how u perform before doesnt mattrevn if they knocked out from knock out stage i can understand as 1 bad game can loose the worldcup but eliminated frm group stage is bad as u get many chances to qualify


leonard
(India)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 11:34 AM
1
nice analysis of our strengths and weakness.

http://www.zonalmarking.net/2014/06/10/argentina-world-cup-2014-preview/

but everybody dont seem to understand that our team is stronger than the sum its parts, that includes our defence.

i am still frustrated that all the critics dont give us credit as a team


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 11:22 AM
0
A lot of people are impressed with Argentina as of late.



dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/10/2014 at 11:18 AM
1
agree. 2002 was the best team. before world cup we beat spain, germany, italy , brazil. everyone.

goals we conceded were set pieces but sadly we could also only score from 2 setpieces. (1 miss penalty)

if only pochettino header went in or zanetti shot vs sweden went in....

2002 for me was the most painful, over 94, 98, 06 and 10

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