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Posted by Roy Nemer (Roy Nemer) Sunday, June 15, 2014 Go To Comments

Rumored line up for Argentina

With Alejandro SABELLA refusing to name his starting line up, here is the one that has been circulating since yesterday and could be the team that starts.

ROMERO; ZABALETA, CAMPAGNARO, FERNANDEZ, GARAY, ROJO; Maxi, MASCHERANO, DI MARIA; MESSI and AGUERO

It would be a 5-3-2 but can switch into a 3-5-2 with ZABALETA and ROJO pushing forward. Fernando GAGO and Gonzalo HIGUAIN's rumored fitness problems can be the reason behind this formation.




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Argentina4life
(Nepal)
Posted on 6/16/2014 at 7:03 AM
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@Richard: Please ignore the ones doubting your love for Argentina. I m seeing some members specially newcomers bashing you... Just keep posting your inspiring views regarding Argentina as well as of Holland because we respect Holland as a footballing nation with great history unlike some of the members ignoring the fact and making statements like "we are far better then Holland", "we will crush them" etc etc
So please feel like home and keep posting your views.... Cheers


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 6/16/2014 at 3:38 AM
0
To make things clear yet again: I am a big fan of Argentina. Have been since the Maradona days and will always be.

The Dutch team is not the team I root for. However they were very good in the 2nd half against Spain.

Look back at my posts in 2011 when Argentina fired Batista. Van Gaal wanted to coach Argentina very much. AFA chose Sabella.

Van Gaal would be very good for Argentina. He knows more about football than most other coaches and is a wonderful motivator. Come tactics, he is the best in the world.

Sabella is a doubter. He was late with his squad (26 to 23) and was late with his line-up. Hardly confident. Hopefully he has learned his lesson.


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 6/16/2014 at 3:30 AM
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I saw the signs, when they stood for the NT anthem. It looked like they didn't have grit, they didn't even sing, unlike Colombia and Chile!

The first factor that is going to win Argentina the WC is the spirit of warriors, they should play with heart, that's the only thing,since talent and plan is already there!

They were under media pressure and they should break the burdens and play with pleasure!

Its all mental there!


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/16/2014 at 1:00 AM
0
But i dint feel anything special in bosnia.... We were nervous, not comfortable wit de ball, passes were off, extremely underconfident n still they werenot able to do anything noteable... If we have played cool n confident our natural game we could have won very convincingly, a 4-1 scoreline or i feel... This was getting into trouble ourselves without any pressure... Our central defence is one f de best so far in in dis WC for me... Romero is de only issue if der is any.... I hope our players n coach quickly get out of dis feeling n come back syrongly...


T-Ben
(Haiti)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 11:55 PM
0
San Antonio and Ginoboli won the NBA Finals !!!


shabuchie
(Jamaica)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 10:55 PM
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Now that the first game blue is over we will see more clinical performance from Argen. Remember now guys if we are going to be world champion we will have to play and win some ugly game. In 2006 we play attractive football throughout the round but falter at quarter final.

We just have to come up with the winning formula for the next six games then we can call ourselves World Champion. Love you ARGENTINA!!!!!!


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 10:39 PM
0
You watching Beinsport? LOL


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 10:30 PM
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elpipita: I said this was my last comment for the evening but since you responded to my comment I had to respond back because I don't want to seem rude..

You mention the Italy game, here is a perfect quote from a player who actullay played in the Manaus Arena..

Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio felt like he had "hallucinations" during his team's win over England in humid conditions in Manaus.


T-Ben
(Haiti)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 10:22 PM
0
Guys please don't worry, the team will do fine. I was pleased by the way Fede erase Dzeko during the game, pleased by the second goal wich will take some pressure of Messi, pleased by what I saw from Gago, Garay and a little bit of Rojo (second half). Second half was OK and we will need some adjustments from it.


Freeman E
(Namibia)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 10:20 PM
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The 1st 30mins, I was shell shocked. But as soon as I recognized the fault, I knew Sabella was going to act. For me, the problem in the 1st half was what we were accustomed to in the Basile and Bastista eras, an isolated Messi, with an expectation of a la Maradona dribbling foray. If you observe carefully, Messi always turns magic on after a return passes, most of the times,especially in the last third but tonight Aguero,Di Maria and Maxi were far from him when he tried to start attacks from deep. He creates his forward momentum off return passes or triangles. There was no one to give him those crucial returns in key areas. he needs that to launch incisive attacks. So had Gago, Biglia or Enzo started instead of Maxi in the 5-3-2, I think we would not have suffered in the 1st half. Sabella's tinkering and DiMaria's average performance also had also something to do with the below-par overall team performance. Not a good performance, but I'm aware that players are usually rusty in openers. We will improve, no doubt. I think we are going to see the real Argentina in the round of 16.


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 10:04 PM
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@Kid believe me I know what it's like to run in adverse high heat, high humidity conditions because before I got into med school I was a competitive runner and there were always moments in the race where I felt like I was gonna die and wanted nothing more than to quit but I knew that my training allowed me to push myself more than the average person.

What I am ultimately trying to say is that you can't only have 7 players defending at all times, Messi, kun and pipita need to atleast press in the opposition's field more than they did in this game.
Look at Italy, the climate at their location was far more difficult than argentina's and their starting squad isn't younger than Argentina's yet apart from balotelli 9 players (including the usually geriatric pirlo) were pressing and doing all they can.

Conserving energy is very important in a marathon like setting such as this world cup but getting lazy and complacent in the last 10 minutes can also result lead to conceding goals e.g. today's game.



KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:54 PM
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My last comment for the evening..This Bosnia team can score against any team at the world cup, just keep that in mind..I said they were my dark horse and I am sticking with that premise..I see them going as far as the quarterfinals..

Bosnia is better than Croatia, better than Belgium, better than Russia..If this team finish second in the group then they will go on to face either France or Switzerland or Ecuador and they can absolutely beat any of these teams..


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:53 PM
0
Somebody said Messi saved the day!! and he wasn't even wearing that red, navy and yellow stuff.

Sabella knows what not to do in the future and remember, nothing is easy in the world cup.

We got 3 points, La Pulga scored, defense was ok and Romero who made my heart bounce every time the ball came close to him and not because i was afraid of what he might do but how he looked, did OK aside from the silly mistake


Altair78
(Bosnia And Herzegovina)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:44 PM
1
@elpipita, thanks a lot!!! Yes, just 20 years ago we were completely destroyed country. Now we play on the World Cup and its a huge success for us :-).

Anyway, if we don't go to the 2nd round, I am Argentinian fan then.

Saludos para Argentina :-)


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:43 PM
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elpipta: This is the first game of the world cup, it comes with a lot of nervousness..Brazil had a shaky start scoring an own (imagine if Argentina had that start, you would never hear the last of it about how our defense is poor but its Brazil so you wont hear that), so too Spain and Uruguay..France wasn't impressive against arguably the weakest team at the world cup, Honduras..


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:39 PM
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Defense was rock solid!!!Fernandez was fantastic... its a good news for all of us that sabella has learnt an important lesson... DO NOT lose hope guys We can only improve from here... Vamos Argentina !!


Caniggia
(Hong Kong)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:38 PM
0
For those saying 532 was a mistake, I would say the 3-4-3 when in counter attack didn't work out well for us and that part needs improvement. We were never really scrambling or caught on the break that badly like 2010, even in the group stages where South Korea and Nigeria, Greece broke through a few times. In all, Bosnia who are arguably stronger than the 2010 group teams had around 3 real shots with danger at our goal and scoring from probably the softest one when we were 2-0 up, so the team are standing firm defensively and gives other nations something to think about. Sabella is basically saying you can't just park the bus, long ball or high tempo us out of the match. The real positive for me is that we really could start safely and turn it on at the right time. We just need fab4 to be more clinical and let's hope Iran can be target practise.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:36 PM
2
GAB: Well said, these people don't understand the situation in Brazil, its easy to sit around your tv set and computer and complain all game about players walking..Go watch the game between Italy and Spain during last year confederation cup, the players were dying on the pitch and that was just the 5th game of the tournament, while Brazil was just waiting to take Spain to the slaughter in the finals...Yes Robben and Van Persie were working hard for Holland but playing at this rate throughout the tournament is not easy, you have to pace yourself in this world cup..Holland was playing Spain like it was a world cup final, they cant play like this for 7 games, its impossible, imagine some games might go to over time..Chile is a South American country and Alexis Sanchez said where they played against Australia was hot and humid for the players..Don't underestimate Sabella tactics, he planned for this world cup, he knows South America like the back of his hands and he also played in a few of these Stadiums in Brazil before with players like Fernandez and Perez..Let these European teams come out and play every game like they're in East London or Munich, they're going to pay the price in the latter stage of the tournament..

Its like track and field, Usain Bolt pace himself throughout each rounds of the Olympics or world championship..You wont see Usain Bolt going out to run 9.39 secs in the early rounds,then why should Messi play against Bosnia like its a world cup final? I don't want to see Messi repeating a Gatefe against Bosnia or Iran or Nigeria,save that for the second round/quarters/semis/final..

The players are humans and you guys want them to play like super humans....As I said, Argentina will grow in the tournament as a team...Argentina is going to win the world cup.I have no doubt about Argentina winning this cup, absolutely no doubt..



rup
(India)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:34 PM
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actually im impressed with 2nd half performance after messi goal we looked dangerous and defensively solid i think this messi goal was vital for his confidence he will be more confident now but i think u guys dont worry this bad performance was because 1.they were very tensed and win should calm their nerves for sure and bosnia is decent team even better than croatia so this is not a bad result and will give sabella some tactical idea


wavingflag13
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:32 PM
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Romero made 2 good saves that does not justify his silly goal .

why you are bringing casillas again and again and at least casillas won 1 world cup 2 euros for them . What has romero done yet?

That was saveable shot. Everyone is saying that. I for one did not get raged when sabella left willy. Cause i thought well romero was more or less good with argentina throughout.

lets give him the benefit of doubt for that despite lack of playing times. But that was an unexcusable mistake.

and thats precisely why everyone doubts him. Nobody is asking him to make extra ordinary saves rather not conceding silly goals.

Cause ultimately saving super shots negates conceding silly goals. You guys might be gay for romero but don't dare to call others so call argentina fans just because they want best for the team.


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:31 PM
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Guys higuain needs minutes he looked out of form


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:26 PM
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Agree with you @argentuban 4-4-2 is better then 5-3-2 against big teams, Ricky or enzo in place of aguero will be good, also the team did well in the second half especially the defense , this first game we need to be calm the team will grow as the tournament progreses


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:22 PM
1
@ Altair78 a thousand welcomes! and it is we who should be congratulating you, not long ago Bosnia was a war torn nation and now their debuting in the world cup after a fantastic qualifying campaign.
Your team has tons of talent and I for one wish them the best for the next games.

@kid I get what you're saying about conserving energy but I hope you understand that I'm talking about the mentality of a winning team and I didn't see that with the albicelestes today and that would've been ok if I hadn't gotten used to the grit and "knives between their teeth" attitude that began with the away game in colombia and finished in the away game in Uruguay.

I shouldn't be so harsh on the albicelestes because after all they won against and good team in a nerve wracking opener but I guess I've been spoiled for the last 2 years with an new version of argentina, an argentina that has class and grit, I just want that argentina back and I hope and pray that I will get my wish soon.


Altair78
(Bosnia And Herzegovina)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:21 PM
0
@The Thinker, Thanks a lot, I hope your words will be true, Argentina 1st in our group, Bosnia 2nd :-).

Well, for us will be huge success to go to the 2nd round. It will be like dreams come true :-). And after that maybe we can have a good game against France. We were in a group phase for a European Championship with a France and played 1:1 in Paris against them. Dzeko scored for us and Nasri for them.

Good night to all of you!


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:11 PM
0
Personally, I feel Sabella intentionally played the formation to test the defense.

Sure he had 5 defenders, but with a 3 man midfield with 2 of them being wingers - he had to know he would be conceding control.

He also didn't want to risk the health of Gago and Higuain. I think we need a better midfield solution. a 4 man with Enzo or Ricky and Gago or Biglia included would be ideal.

But we played poorly as a team. Messi saved the day.


GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:10 PM
1
@Kid, absolutely spot on! Those people that say ' OMG the walking is not on' have to realise these players are playing in 90% humidity which is energy sapping when you walk let alone run.

As Kid said, the players were conserving energy. Besides, why push when you have a 2-0 lead. Let the Bosinians tire themselves out which they did in the end.

Forget the negatives as it was a very nervy and tough first game and we got the job done. Romero impressed I must say. Aguero and Di Maria were very average but they will get much better as the tournament progresses which is a huge positive.

Vamos carrajo!!!!


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:09 PM
1
@Altair78-- Well after what Bosnia has shown today,, they will definitely go in the 2nd round along with Argentina... if Dzeko's head gets right then may even beat France and reach the quarters...

For a small country,, they've performed tremendously well just like Croatia,Costa Rica...


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:06 PM
0
I applaud Sabella for trying the formation in the first half because many wouldn't have dared to do so and changed when obviously it didn't work.

The defense didn't play bad, and Romero played OK aside from the stupid goal mistake and how nervous he seemed in the first half.

There were some sloppy passes from DiMaria, Super Kun and even Messi that should be ironed out before the next game.

Bosnia, and I'm a big fan not just for how they played tonight but for what they went through to gain their independence.





Vintage La Pulga Atomica goal and that 500Ibs monkey is starting to slowly get off his back.



Sabella will no doubt whip 'em into shape before the next game.


hugo8
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:05 PM
0
i think for me Sabella used 532 as a type of insurance policy to see how strong Bosnia were, he was playing it safe basically. Then he adapted to what he saw in the first half; he observed messi and aguero needed more freedom to operate so bring Higuin; and Maxi was completely un-effective. people say it was a mistake i think he used it first as insurance and observation of the opponent.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:04 PM
2
Mafioso: I feel majority of these so call Argentina fans here are just waiting for Romero to fail in his games,then they can say see I told you so..Casillas was horrible in the UCL final and Spain world cup opener yet he's still hail highly..Romero had a solid game...Apart from Iran this was never an easy group, I've always class this group as manageable for Argentina but not an easy group..


rup
(India)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:00 PM
0
i think bosnia is pretty strong team can do a croatia of 1998 they r brilliant in passing and in attack solid in defence yes argentina has many problems that need to be fixed specially fab4 is not complimenting each other that well they were missing lots of passes they were poor i feel messi has a good game and higuain,aguero,dimaria has a bad game defence is shaky midfield is less creative but sabella should play 4-3-3 if u change your formation so much you dont get the rhythm now im nervous about argies worldcup chance though i know this was a tough team and it was just the 1st game


Altair78
(Bosnia And Herzegovina)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 9:00 PM
2
Greetings from Bosnia to all Argentinians :-)

Congratulations for the win and wishing you to be World Champions.

We did our best against your team and it could be even 1:1 just that Kolasinac didn't score auto goal :-(.

Anyway, we are little country and for us is a huge success to be on such an event and to play against teams like yours. I think we have a chance against Nigeria and Iran.

Maybe you don't know, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also Bosnian. But because of War his parents left Bosnia like a refugees and went to Sweden when he was a kid. He thought to play for Bosnia at the first, but unfortunately at the end he decided to play for Sweden. Anyway, I think that we could have even better team with him on our side.

Greeting from the other side of the planet and definitely I will be your fan after Bosnia go home from this Championship :-)


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:59 PM
0
Ari
You watch dimaria will be awesome against Iran. He always shows up against the little sisters of the poor


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:55 PM
1
People don't look at some of the walking by Argentina as negatives..These guys played in South America for years whether it be local club football, Copa Libertadores and WCQ's..I think Argentina and Brazil know how to conserve there energy for this tournament..Sabella won the Copa Libertadores and I think he will gauge this tournament nicely..


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:52 PM
0
yes the mentality needs to change... some of the players looked very sheepish.. somebody needs to kick their balls and straighten their heads... with this mentality,, we will get thrashed against the Big teams... I'm sure sabella would take a note on this...


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:50 PM
1
Mafioso
Great post and dimaria was awful compared to the Madrid player he is. Romero though cannot concede that goal. Bosnia is a good team, but our issues today was Sabella over thinking the line up and putting out a 5-3-2. You have to be who you are and he admitted his mistake. Bosnia is a complicated opponent and will do well, but main problem today is we are argentina, and other teams need to adjust to us for the most part. We also missed palacios pace today.


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:49 PM
3
One said where are those 5-3-2 lovers?Well I won't say it was good decision,I was angry when I knew Sabella will use it.But have you watched Slovenia game?Why this time it didn't work? Di Maria has a poor game and Maxi is not one to give fluidity in midfield.As a result there was no midfield play,no control in attack.

Some people has used very offensive words towards Messi.Have you seen what's going on there?3 man making triangle around him,one constantly harassing him..He still has some great determined runs.No player has the ability to that.I have seen Robben or Neymar,most of the time they are given ample of space to run and show their tricks.

One has described Rojo as moron.Bosnia's most of the attack came from left,Rojo broke most of them.It was
very solid game defensively from him.One should check his language.

After seeing some great saves and confident display Romero hater were waiting for some tool for bashing.
They are actually thinking the shot lacked pace,why should it be a goal?Well I have seen a million times that ball went between GK's the leg.This was unfortunate,not mistake.If you want see mistakes,watch Spain.

Can we win the world cup?Can you remember how Italy passed the group stage in 2006?Last match of the group stage was do or die match for them,there big possibility they could get eliminated.They won at 2nd round against Aussies by a wrongly given penalty,Aussies were dominating the match.At 2010,Spain lost the first match,at QF they struggeld against Paraguay...I'm not saying Argentina is going to win this WC,but during a WC things are not easy to calculate,you can not write off Argentina based on their first match,nor you can be sure of being the Champion.

I think many of seems has fogotten that Bosnia was actually on the field and doing everything to make our life difficult.They were here to win the game,young players like Besic has a very good game.Many team would struggle against their tall,physical yet skillfull and compact unit.

I would be quite happy if we didn't concade that goal.I hope that we can keep improving at every match,that's the most important thing in a tournament.


Ari
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:48 PM
0
Well said Sabella, I think it is a positive he made changes right away after the first half.

I am concerned with the players though; Higuain did not look fit, Aguero underperformed, Maxi wasn't good at all and what concerns me more is Di Maria, I have seen him play since when he won the U20 World Cup for us in 2007, he either shows up or doesn't show up at all, judging from the way he ruined plays and lost possession I do not think he is gonna show up at all in this tournament. I hope I am wrong.


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:47 PM
2
Well for better or for worse 3 points are in the bag.

The good:

Apart from Bosnia's late goal (due to complacency not incompetence) I think the defense did quite well considering the pressure it was under at times.

Messi scored a goal, now he can relax just alittle bit.

Romero did well and the goal wasn't his fault, but I guess haters will hate.

Fernando Gago! There is a reason why I defend this kid day and day out on these boards, he's a class act all the way.
For club he's Clark Kent but for country he's superman!
Then again if he makes the slightest mistake in the next matches lots of people here in mundo will jump down his throat and it will be business as usual, like I said haters will hate.

The bad:

Sadly this whole game was bad! Seeing how disjointed the albicelestes were was quite painful.

Sabella changing his tactics at the last minute nearly killed this team.
I feel for the man, after all it's hard not to feel alittle bit scared when seeing Spain get dominated by an a seemingly "inferior team" but the whole thing about this Argentina is their counter attacking prowess and the gung-ho, free attacking Bosnia is a team that the fab 4 were for!

Lastly I saw Messi, kun and pipita walking alot of the time and that will simply won't do!
Winning the world cup is as much about mentality as it is about skill and I didn't see the winning mentality that I saw so often in the WCQ, instead I saw the "it's just a friendly" mentality that we all saw in the Saudi Arabia game (remember that one?) and the more recent Romania friendly.



Overall:

All in all very glad that the team won and that Messi scored.
Equally as important is the fact that Sabella now knows better than do sudden big changes right before the start of a competitive tournament (Batista did the same thing with Tevez in copa and look how that turned out!).

I truly believe that this team can go far but for that to happen the team's mentality needs to change, no more defensive complacency that allows goals in and no more walking about for Messi and co. They should be hungry and running.
Come on boys I believe in you all, don't let me down again!


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:46 PM
0
Di Maria/Mascherano/Maxi was the exact same midfield Maradona use at the last world cup..what was Sabella thinking?


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:44 PM
1
Dzeko seems Flop...yea...because of Fede..!


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:41 PM
0
A veces los erores son mios.

Sometimes the mistakes are mine

Sabella's words after the game


Sol
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:40 PM
0
I'm happy they came out rusty. I'd prefer they look sharper when it matters vs the big names. I don't want Messi to be face of the WC from day one. Keep the pressure on Germany and Brasil to be the favorite.

The lack of any midfielder possession was the only thing was worrisome to me. I hope Romero looks more comfortable in game 2.


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:38 PM
0
Dzeko is the flop of the match for me... did absolutely NOTHING..


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:36 PM
0
Anyway 6 people guessed the score correctly. Congrats to: Hugo8, Abs, Outlaw, Rup, Nico, and Gabo.


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:35 PM
0
today,, the whole Maracana was owned by Argentina fans... there were some brazilians in the middle but it was a sea of blue and white... The fans have come in huge numbers...


vimal
(Malaysia)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:33 PM
0
wrong 1st half formation but im glad tat we learnt frm it early..I felt we were too complacent with our 2-0 scoreline n were punished by a very hardworkin bosnian side..anyway we really really need to improve our final ball and our finishing..even messi ws very dissapointing in that..this is our 1st game anyway, trust me sabella will rectify these mistakes after today..we will have a flowing football against iran n d rest..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:31 PM
0
My wife is not a football fan by any means, and you know what she said? ''If it wasn't for Argentina goalkeeper in the first half, Bosnia would have score already''


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:30 PM
0
3 points is more valuable than thrashing a opponent. So I am happy with it. We had so many positive things from the match. First match always important and we have something to work on. So nothing to panic about


Ari
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:29 PM
0
Throughout the second half I never felt Bosnia was threatening, even after their late goal we still had the possession and created more chances.

Defense was great, including Romero. Both FF and Romero can be blamed for the goal though.

I didn't like the fact that we got so wasteful after Messi's goal, we could have scored many.

Best of the game: Messi's goal, it was so 2009-2012 Barca style!!!


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:28 PM
0
@shafat-- did you watch the match??? Romero single-handedly saved our asses when sabella's 5-3-2 was failing like Hell... He made astounding saves and has fared far better than Casillas who was the main reason why Spain lost... Even then Del Bosque will never drop Casillas and after this Romero's excellent performance,, you saying he should be dropped??? that is pure bullshit...


hugo8
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:26 PM
0
Di maria was ok, its only first game. If he keeps going with his attacking attitude he will create chances, i feel his final product will improve as the games go on. 3 at the back was good to start with to absorb bosnia attacking style then when they tire play more attacking second half i think this was in sabella mind.

Aguero was a bit rusty room of improvement and messi began to show his old self during periods of the game.

defence was pretty good apart from rojo looked clumsy at times, Romero played well overall.

All in all positive. Need to see the fantastic four gel and we can destroy teams.


Toby
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:26 PM
0
I'm sure like the rest of you, I felt incredibly down after that first half. So thank goodness for the hope that the second half has given me. Don't get me wrong, we need to improve MASSIVELY, but I'm just glad I no longer feel how I did after that first 45.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:25 PM
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In the first half, the defenders had too much possession of the ball, the ball was constantly in Argentina half..That's the problem with the 5-3-2 formation, it wont work for our team unless we are defending a score..

Sabella used the 5-3-2 against Bosnia last year, so why use it for the opening game? Bosnia had like 7 months to figure out how to play against this kind of formation..


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:23 PM
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When you watch Di Maria, don't just focus on his turnovers. He's like Ginobili, Spurs. His tendency to create something will lead him to a couple of turnovers, but that's OK. An AM or winger needs to create something, not just play safe at all times.

When you watch Di Maria, watch:
1. How much ground he covers? I mean he's all over the place. He's the only player I can think of who plays three roles at the same time: Winger, box to box midfielder, and attacking midfielder.

He's the only Argentina player who's always there upfront, midfield, in the back. That's what I mean by he covers a lot of ground.

I say he was doing good in the second half. I am sure he'll be one of the assist leaders by the end of the WC just like he did in La Liga, CL, and Copa Del Rey where he was assist leader (or among assist leader) in all of them.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:22 PM
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Fede was outstanding for me.... Cool composed n completed almost all passes n that vital header clearance itself is enough for my MOM.... Whole back 4 were good.... But....


wavingflag13
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:22 PM
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Romero should be dropped. His two good saves in the first half does not justify that silly goal.

and yet you guys are clapping on fernandez and romero's ass. Fernandez and romero both were at fault for the goal.



The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:21 PM
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Trial and Error in argentina's FIRST game... which is something You didn't see in 1998,2002,2006,2010... it proves that sabella will at least not make a tactical mistake in the knockout stages like so many previous coaches did.. It is a positive sign...


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:21 PM
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@UnleashTheBasanta: So Far Argentina looks stronger and more dangerous than Brazil. If we have a goalkeeper like Willy, I would say right now, celebrate the world cup....but I will have to wait and see, but the attacking talent of Argentina will be unstoppable.


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:20 PM
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Guys the formation was bad, but dimaria was just nowhere to be found, and maxi is a sub. If you have to play a 5-3-2, Ricky needs to play across dimaria for service to messi.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:19 PM
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Baker good point, i was very optimistic about the 5-3-2. Im glad we realized we cant use that formation until the ending minutes.


Istiaque
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:18 PM
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well we got 3 relatively easier matches in the first round...so if sabella wants to experiment, this is the best time! Now He knows that 5-3-2 aint gonna work!


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:17 PM
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we have to understand this the first game the team will grow as the tournament progreses so we have to be patient , the second half performance was ok , the defense did well even romero was ok despite the goal, aguero and di maria were off but they will be fine so let us relax and enjoy the win and messi goal what a releif


trini
(Trinidad And Tobago)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:16 PM
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Why is Sabella the last to know we do not have the personnel
To play the 5-3-2. Especially since he was the one who chose the personnel.
SMH.


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:16 PM
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where are the 5-3-2 lovers ...? that shit wont for us guys.
I am glad that we realized in the first match itself.


maht
(Ireland)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:15 PM
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The main thing is play on your strength than your weakness. Our strength is attack.


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:15 PM
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Well you fans are disappointed so much then just stop supporting argentina...

Sabella did a mistake in the first half and then he rectified it on second half and we won deservedly.. it was tight game but we won thanks to Messi who scored an absolute stunner..

Sabella won't do that stupidity again.. if you kept faith in him for the last 3 years and suddenly you are portraying him as the villain for 1 mistake??? I'm glad that he did this mistake on the FIRST game and not in a Semifinal match...

He will start with usual 4-3-3 next time..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:15 PM
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Argentina defeat Jamaica by 6 goals in 1998 they got knockout in quarterfinal..Argentina defeat Serbia by 6 goals in 2006 they got knockout in the quarterfinal..This is a good start for our guys, it will keep us grounded and not complacent..

All who think Bosnia is a bad team, they're better than Russia, Belgium and even Portugal without Ronaldo..


maht
(Ireland)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:14 PM
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short conclusion: 5-3-2 does not work for argentina. 4-3-3 to get best out of messi


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:13 PM
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You have to know who you are Sabella. We are an offensive team that plays acceptable defense. If we stop playing offense we are a below average team. 5-3-2 is good to kill the final minutes but why play messi and aguero if we are just playing possession football?


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:13 PM
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Didn't I told you guys before the match that Sabella should go for attack and play 4-3-3 with big balls? This is the only way we win and this is the only way messi scores.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:12 PM
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Ari shut the fuck up and be happy! We won!


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:12 PM
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Its crazy how players changed positions! Di maria took agueros place, while biglia, masche, and gago held up well! I like this formation.


iman
(Iran)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:12 PM
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Trial and error in the world cup!!!compagnero and zaballeta have the same style and position,maxi is too old for world cup, we have enzo prez and richy istead of him


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:11 PM
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That only one moment when Messi scored equals all 5 goals scored by the Dutch the other day. I wonder how much money will that one shot bring to FIFA and Broadcasting companies....it was that sensational.


Ari
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:11 PM
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Di Maria was useless, I have never liked him in Argentina; he was great this season for Madrid and I thought maybe he will be different this time.

But he proved again he has the brain of a chicken when it comes to football.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:10 PM
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Netherlands had something to prove with Spain but unfortunately for them the win over Spain does not give them the world cup Spain won 4 years ago..Netherlands like many European teams will burn out by the time the quarterfinal comes around..


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:10 PM
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I don't see anything wrong with Di Maria. He played OK. He created most of the dangers and he was all over the place. Maybe he didn't play as good as his final CL performance, but overall he was not bad.

First half performance was horrible, all players were below par except Romero and the defenders.



Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:10 PM
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Romero did well today guys. Im happy with the result, happy messi scored, and glad we have the 3 points. We will get better, no doubt about it! France is not good! We will be ok in round of 16.


Khan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:10 PM
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5-3-2 isn't a bad idea. Sabella is smart cause he has options. It hasn't been succeeded against Bosnia, but may will be against Possession teams.


ddr1123
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:09 PM
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Guys!

JOB DONE! WE WON THE FIRST, LIVE FOR ANOTHER DAY!!

Here are the positives

1. Messi scored a magic. He needs confidence. He needs a hat trick against Iran. Need to be super confident.

2. Sabella started with something. He realized it is not working and changed immediately. You need a manager like that. Good he did not wait till 60 mins.



Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:09 PM
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Pathetic is de least to say... He picked up a good balanced side, created a positive vibe around dem n injected his negativity into dem..... Costarica played much positive n confident than this.... Has to say de worst match in 2014 WC.... You dissapponted sabella... Hugely....


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:08 PM
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@Richard: if you are a die fan of Netherlands, why don't you go and post on their blog? This is Argentina fans blog.....Argentina is way way stronger than the dutch ego side. Netherlands will never have a player like Messi or Aguero......I hope a good balanced team will boot you out of the competition.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:07 PM
1
The world champion lost on the opening day, Brazil needed a fake penalty to take the lead over Croatia..I am glad with the team start..Its the world cup, its not a sprint, its a marathon..Argentina will grow and get better in the tournament..


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:07 PM
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Wow what a huge relief messi scored a wonder I am happy for him, fernandez was our best defender the Bosnia goal wouldn't have happened if the game was close becouse our players took it easy when we were leading which was wrong but di Maria and aguero performed poor, especially di Maria who gave it all for madrid but was shit for us he better wake up, I give credit to sabella for adjusting when things weren't going our way , I am glad we won and messi scored a beauty what a relief, also our defense was very good especially fernandez, vamos argentina


Sherwan
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:06 PM
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Did you see guys how Argentina fan's face, no o e was happy. Even we won the game, I am not convenient with this game. How in the world we will win with tougher team if we pass the group stage. I am sure sabella will fix it after what happened tonight. I really don't get it for what happened with our beloved team. Lets forget it and take this win and hope everything will change for better next game. Vamos Argentina.


Khan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:06 PM
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Messi's goal will give him a great inspiration to go through. His celebration says how much he loves to play for Argentina.


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:05 PM
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@Richard-- seems like you prefer Netherlands very much... Yes they gave their very BEST in the FIRST game.. and that is exactly the reason why their fuels will run out soon and they won't win the WC...

Sabella,, on the other hand,, has not even started to use Fab4.. they will give their VERY BEST in the final,, not now.. even if they give their 60%,, they will win all the group stage matches...


Istiaque
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:05 PM
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No matter how many defenders you play, and attackers...you must always play with 2 pure Midfielders! Gago-Masche or Masche-Bigila or Masche - Perez or Gago-Perez must always play....whatever formationn you play in..there must always have to be 2 midfielders...the first half was scrappy because of no presence in midfield

Anyway...first match, so there are always nerves! glad we did not concede any in the first half. All hel would have broke lose :P

and Finally to all the wankers who dont like Gago...SUCK it

Lio's goal was awesome...I hope we start the next match with our best 11...A proper 4-3-3 with a proper Gago-masche-di maria mid...and messi up top...not in CM


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:04 PM
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Aslam: I already said Bosnia is the dark horse for me..Bosnia is a way better team than Belgium and Russia..


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:04 PM
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Sabella must understand, Messi is not used to playing defensive tactic. He's not Maradona. Maradona is used to playing with 10 mediocre players with defensive tactic, but not Messi.

I am glad Sabella realized his mistake as early as the start of the second half and returned the team to the fantastic four.

As a result, we saw a totally different Argentina. Different atmostphere, different respond from the crowd, different Messi.


leo.t
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:03 PM
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So glad Sabella made the adjustments he did after half time in formation and subs. Really changed the pace of the game for Argentina. But Messi really saved our asses in this game.


Caniggia
(Hong Kong)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:03 PM
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Not too bad. Played well below par, still won. I don't know if the 5-3-2 was a ploy to weather the high pressing and physicality of Bosnia at the beginning but it seemed to work. One thing for sure, the team is much more comfortable with 4-3-3 and you could argue that if we played it from the get go it would have been business as usual, but based on today's finishing and build up play in the final 3rd - probably just as well it didn't appear until the second half. Who knows, with 4-3-3 at the beginning we might have been chasing the game - it was probably a 50/50 so Sabella tried to change the odds with 5-3-2.


Khan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:03 PM
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Messi scored, Argentina won and No injuries - This is the news. Good start.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:02 PM
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SulaV agreed Fernandez kept Dzeko under wraps all game..Fernandez had a good game..


Zelen
(Ukraine)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:02 PM
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i like how defence played, including Romero.
the goal is stupid but it is rather Fernandez's fault than Romero's


gedona
(Ethiopia)
Posted on 6/15/2014 at 8:02 PM
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No flow in Midfield.It needs fixing.Come on Argentina! You sure can do a lot better than this!


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