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Posted by John (Sivan John) Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Go To Comments

Press Conference with Messi & Rojo

The National Team resumes their training on Monday back at their main campus Cidade do Galo following the win over Bosnia and now with Iran on their mind. This time it was Man of the Match, Lionel MESSI and Marcos ROJO’s turn to address to the media after their afternoon practice session.

MESSI said it’s never an easy task playing your first match in the World Cup. On how he felt after the first round of group matches?

"In the first games, the top teams were Holland and Germany. But as we play the next two matches, all the teams will get better."

He also admitted that it was a special feeling to score his first goal in the World Cup since 2006 and that he indeed wanted to celebrate it. He also mentioned that team remains focus and no outside influence will affect them.

On Gonzalo HIGUAIN “SABELLA knew that we need to make some changes upfront and by bringing Gonzalo, we had many chances to score."

"It was a beautiful and warm atmosphere to watch many people singing the National Anthem. That was a special moment. Personally I did expect and knew that a lot people are excited and eager about the first game. I’m sure the next game will be the same."

On Fernando GAGO coming in, he said the team had a better understanding and which allow them to have more control on the ball. Also he didn’t expect Spain to lose by such a huge margin.

On he felt about this current team “It took us four years of the previous World Cup and we will continue to grow. I have great affinity with this group, I am happy with this team."

Lastly on the prospect of Gonzalo HIGUAIN joining him at Barcelona “Heard about the possibility of signing Gonzalo, I talked to him about it and it would be great to have one of the best strikers in the world playing for Barca."

Marcos ROJO said that Brazil as the home team is the favourite "Brazil as the home team is looking strong and good. It’s going to be difficult, but we are here and we are working very hard and looking forward."

On playing his first World Cup “Yesterday was my debut game. I felt the adrenaline and was living with excitement because this was a different."

He also urged the fans to be calm and that the team is working with enthusiasm and have faith that they will give everything.




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day
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 10:12 PM
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first games are always a bit nerve wracking, and the pressure on the players is immense, but the most important thing is to win that opening game, and no matter how they played, they got the points. And i'm pretty sure that some of that pressure and nervousness will have dissipated and they will play much better in next game.


Abs
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 6:54 PM
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Rojo and Higuain are not interested in Barcelona !!


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 6:44 AM
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nah russia messed up cant top group now unless (hopefully) they beat belgium but i doubt it

i just hope we avoid france in last 16 as they always to well in wc after having a bad one


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 5:10 AM
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@dammage7, Maybe Russia or USA..?


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 4:52 AM
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we will play belgium or portugal


Abs
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 1:59 AM
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@Tizeboule:

By the way, we won't even face Germany in the semi final nor Holland in the quarter final .. So what are you talking about ?!


bolo
(Suriname)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 8:25 PM
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San Isdro thank you man


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 8:14 PM
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@tizeboule
Go support whoever the hell you want man. You got some serious issues dude. This is football and anything can happen, just ask brazil today or Spain last week. To judge greatness or futility based on one game shows how ignorant you are
. At this point we are not even past the group stage and you are crowning Germany or holland champions. What about we play the games and let the results play out. Better yet, why don't you go on the German or Holland site and stroke your Manschaft there.


bolo
(Suriname)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 8:10 PM
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@tizeboule FUCK YOU AND DONT COME BACK


samad
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 2:47 PM
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@tizeboule u are really sick man......


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 1:54 PM
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Haters gonna hate. So many people, even our own fans underestimate us! Im tired of these pessimistic point of views.


wavingflag13
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 1:47 PM
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which world you are living on tizeboule? Enzo is in the team. and claudio yacob? Don't kid me. That guy is not NT material.


FIL
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 1:27 PM
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@Tizobola..hey man...first go and see the entire fixture...thn atleast act like a fan...u wanna change the whole team now...if the players were fazio, mussachio, gaitan and al in current squad u people vl tell we should bring garay, ff, rojo..people like u exists everywhr whu always finds the neighbours wife as best...


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 12:50 PM
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ideally

we play switzerland in round 2
we play usa/russia in quaters


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 12:33 PM
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@Tizeboule-- Calm the fuck down Man... it's like someone has thrown you just out of an oven..

Messi's last WC???? ABSOLUTELY WRONG... he will play for argentina in 2018 WC and if his form is right then he will even play 2022 WC..

You seem more like a german fan who thinks argentina are shit... well,, go to the german blog Man,, you have no business here.. and you obviously have very little knowledge about the WC... Germany and Brazil will only meet in the semifinal and not the final.. Holland will not face us in quarters,, they will face italy..

what the heck is in our mind??? ARGENTINA is in our mind... this Argentina will learn from it's mistakes and will improve and will play their best football in the knockouts.. you seem like an amateur fan who thinks that Blazing all guns at the start is gonna win us the WC??? this blog will be a lot more harmonious if you stop writing more and more garbage...


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 12:25 PM
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Trusting on you rojo...... You are our jordi alba............ Keep it up dude


Tizeboule
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 12:06 PM
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and I'm not done yet with all of you blind mminded

We all said that the Europeens won't get use the weather and because we're playing south america next door it's a great advantage. really? OMG

These euro folks are professional and are use to play and hostile environment and hot weather. The german coach event said this weather issue is irrelevent.

And now please tell me how the hell is playing in our backyard is advantageous when we were eliminated (not even final) in a copa America at home in our front yard? come on guys!! wake up!!!

This is Messi last world cup. MEssi is donec cause we dont do our homework by bring the best players that we have in a world cup. Mussachio, Gaitan, Fazio, yacobe, Enzo, Cambiasso, Tevez and a better Coach!


We gonna beat IRan and Nigeria easily and we are going to stand naked in front of the world, and the whole wide web & the whole wide world will look at us but naked, fat belly, and skinny legs. The German will rip us up, torture argentine, the netherlands will finsh it cause we are stubborn.

I'm freaking mad to see my team plays like that! and again sorry I don't beleive in miracle. I believe and doing your homework and bring the best that you have physically ( enzo, Tevez, Mussachio aguero messsi) tacticly(4-3-3) and last but not least if not the most important: Mentally, freaking beleive you can and going to beat anybody,freaking have proud and feel bad when play poor, freaking have the same passion that's going to help Brazil win this cup despite their obvious weaknesses


Tizeboule
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 11:52 AM
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Germany is going to elimate argentina in semi final if not the Germans it's going to be Holland in quater final.

I used to be blind and fanatic but now I see and I'm realistic. Guys we don't have a team that can go far. Diego admits it. it's going to take a long time before we can see Argentina win a world cup.

You guys kept talking about fab4. Yes we have 4 excellent attacker but we dont have an excellent attack as a unit.

Dimaria looks tired, confused, can't pass accurately.
Aguero played poorly, Messi is coming again from behind to get the ball cause we do not have a good midfield.

Sorry argentines, I can't bet on this team. Can someone tell me when was the last time they saw fab4 playing effeciently together?

Guys wake up!!! don't you see all the space we let in the middle? Had Bosnia be a better team like USA, Ghana, we would have conceived many goals. It's freaking scarryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy to see us playing so poorly and here on mundo we are thinking this team can go far!!!

When you don't have a Gaitan, an Enzo that Sabella refused to use instead of Gago, When Masherano don't have the help of a Cambiasso in the middle, when Higuain and Aguero are not defending, how in the world could you all freaking expect this sluggish team to go far.

What the heck are you all smoking!! What the heck is in your all mind.

This team can't pass quaterfinal period.

Germany vs Brasil final

End of this discussion period


Tizeboule
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 11:52 AM
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Germany is going to elimate argentina in semi final if not the Germans it's going to be Holland in quater final.

I used to be blind and fanatic but now I see and I'm realistic. Guys we don't have a team that can go far. Diego admits it. it's going to take a long time before we can see Argentina win a world cup.

You guys kept talking about fab4. Yes we have 4 excellent attacker but we dont have an excellent attack as a unit.

Dimaria looks tired, confused, can't pass accurately.
Aguero played poorly, Messi is coming again from behind to get the ball cause we do not have a good midfield.

Sorry argentines, I can't bet on this team. Can someone tell me when was the last time they saw fab4 playing effeciently together?

Guys wake up!!! don't you see all the space we let in the middle? Had Bosnia be a better team like USA, Ghana, we would have conceived many goals. It's freaking scarryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy to see us playing so poorly and here on mundo we are thinking this team can go far!!!

When you don't have a Gaitan, an Enzo that Sabella refused to use instead of Gago, When Masherano don't have the help of a Cambiasso in the middle, when Higuain and Aguero are not defending, how in the world could you all freaking expect this sluggish team to go far.

What the heck are you all smoking!! What the heck is in your all mind.

This team can't pass quaterfinal period.

Germany vs Brasil final

End of this discussion.


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 11:33 AM
1
@guled-- that is exactly what i said.. read my post carefully... Messi's skill is absolutely on par with Maradona and Pele.. But the difference is their personalities and their conduct.. Maradona is more like another Brazilian legend named Garrincha who also had tremendous dribbling skills but also had troubles in his personal life... they are all greatest legends of history who've performed in the highest level of football but Maradona is the greatest ever in my opinion because of his Leadership Personality.. but that is just my opinion,, someone else can have Messi or Pele as their favorites because of their personalities... But they all are on the same level,, people will just have different opinions...


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 11:31 AM
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Argentina's game of two halves

Argentina’s 2-1 defeat of Bosnia and Herzegovina in their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ debut is hardly likely to generate great delight among Albiceleste fans. That said, there are times when all that matters is getting the job done, and this was one such occasion.

Those fans are likely to make a similar observation about the game as the players themselves did after it was all over, namely that Alejandro Sabella’s side were more fluent after the restart, when the coach switched from the 5-3-2 formation he began the game with to the 4-3-3 that had worked so well for him in the qualifiers. The introduction of Fernando Gago and Gonzalo Higuain for Hugo Campagnaro and Maxi Rodriguez also helped his side approach their usual rhythm.

One man who saw things that way was midfielder Javier Mascherano, who was making his 99th appearance for his country. “Even though we took an early lead, we struggled to get into the game in the first half,” he told FIFA. “We played better in the second, though.”

“We looked more like ourselves with our usual formation. Why the changes? Well, the coach thought that was the best way to start before then deciding that he had to change. That what it’s all about.”

Right-back Pablo Zabaleta, who was finally making his World Cup debut at the age of 29, also pointed to the improvement in Argentina’s performance after the break, while making an interesting tactical observation:

“When we changed to 4-3-3 our first pass into the forwards was better, we were organised and we got more people forward,” he said, also in conversation with FIFA. “When we do that, we’re a handful for anyone.”

A glass half full
Neither player had been expecting an easy night, a feeling that had nothing to do with formations or tactics, as Mascherano explained: “We knew it wasn’t going to be our greatest game. The important thing was to win because opening games at the World Cup are never easy, even more so when you have a few players who’ve never experienced one before. All that anxiety has gone now, though.”

For his part, Zabaleta took a pragmatic view of the evening’s events: “Obviously we tried to win by playing good football, but what matters today is the result. What counted was getting the three points and we did that. We still know, though, that we have plenty of room for improvement, which is a good thing.”

One of the many positive points that the two-time world champions can take from their defeat of the Bosnians is that Lionel Messi got back to goalscoring ways, having gone a whole 623 minutes without hitting the back of the net in a FIFA World Cup match, his last world finals goal coming against Serbia and Montenegro at Germany 2006.

“We are all very pleased to see him get his goal because he’d gone a while without scoring in the World Cup,” said Zabaleta of Messi’s second-half strike. “We hope he can get a lot more too.”

Before taking their leave the Albiceleste duo had special words of praise for the thousands of Argentina fans who made themselves noticed at the legendary Maracana with their singing.

“I wasn’t surprised by the support,” said Zabaleta. “You expect that from Argentina fans. We felt like the home side today and we’re proud of that.”

Mascherano was no less effusive: “I’ve never experienced anything like that outside my country. I hope they keep supporting us because they’re going to help us a lot.”


FIL
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 11:30 AM
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Many people in this blog want argentina to win for a 5-0. For what sake?? If we look to the past world cups and other tournaments any team who performs with full energy in group stages does'nt wins anything. Its not a coincidence and all. Players will be tired in knockout stages. All our stratergies will be exposed. There are scouts for every team to watch other teams match and to learn their tactics. And also huge pressure will be there for the teams when they wins in big margins. I can quote a best example. In 2008 olympics brazil won their group matches quarter and all in great goal difference. Argentina was having only winning like 1-0, 2-1 etc. But when argentina and brazil faced each other in semi we won for 3-0. Brazil was not having even a good attack against us. I just need victory of 2-0 or 3-0 against iran. I want the team to show the rhythm through out the match. Rather than scoring 3 goals in 10 min i want them to score it in almost equal intervals. Say, one within 30 min, the other within 60 and last one before end of the game. Thats shows class and consistency.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 11:24 AM
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we will see if di maria will give it all like he did with Madrid in the next few games, also I never understood maxi inclusion, augusto can do what maxi does and better and is younger


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 11:12 AM
0
i think di maria should rest and seriously let ricky play. but i know sabella will pick his loverboy maxi.

---gago---masherano

--------ricky---


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 11:09 AM
1
I hope sabella doesn't listen the players when it comes to tactics, 5-3-2 is good tactic but he chose the wrong players(maxi)but 4-3-3 won,t work against big teams we must play 4-4-2 against big teams it wont stop our attack and will make our midfield solid


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 11:05 AM
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@the thinker the difference between messi and maradona is not skill level but it is their personality, messi is shy individual who rarely talks but diego was a different leader who would take command by rallying the players,maradona also was tougher personaly, pressure never effected him that is the difference


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 11:03 AM
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If Di Maria will play against Iran like in the last game he should be replaced by Enzo permanently.


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 10:45 AM
1
@Dan-- completely agree with you... this is first World cup that some fans here are watching... so they are just frustrated because argentina hasn't performed to their full potential... I have watched 8 World Cups and i have learned one immutable truth that the team who shows all it's cards at the very beginning never wins anything... Germany and Netherlands are classic examples,, winning big in group stages and then faltering deep in the Knockouts...

Against Iran,, some people are expecting 5-0 which is not going to happen... Sabella is a clever fox,, he will intentionally switch to a defensive formation once we lead by 2 or 3 goals... That way,, we may not create a spectacle like Germany or Netherlands did but it will save our true potential for the best occasion which is what matters really... I would rather win the WC by scoring 2 goals in the final rather than scoring 5 goals against Iran and then going out in the quarters conceding 3 goals...


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 10:43 AM
1
Palacio joined the group and is one more than the second face-to date against Iran. Rodrigo left behind a sprained ankle and is already playing. Di Maria with muscle fatigue, worked in the gym.

The headdress that came to Brazil and left behind that nickname and it is one more of the 23 having Sabella under his command. Rodrigo Palacio, who suffered a sprained left ankle in the final friendly before the World (vs. Slovenia), could not play on debut against Bosnia, but now brought good news to Pachorra and company: he joined the group and He trained alongside the rest of his teammates. Jewel is up to the second date against Iran, Saturday at 13 in Belo Horizonte.

The team took the field in the Cidade do Galo with 22 players. Is that, while adding to Palacio, Angel Di Maria no tactics: giminasio worked on because it has a muscular fatigue; nothing serious, just a precaution.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 10:15 AM
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Liverpool ditched alberto moreno n back on market for argentine world cup star MARCOS ROJO....


Dan
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 10:11 AM
1
Maybe I am wrong...but somebody PLEASE speak up or help. This article was featured in LA NACION, Canchallena.com.

Messi's most important words are NONE of what he said above. The title of the article, says is all in one quote.

"Lionel Messi: "Somos Argentina, no debemos fijarnos qué rival está enfrente"

Loosely translated, we are Argentina, we don't need to change or fix anything for our rivals,

This is the MOST important quote in the ENTIRE press conference, not the filler stuff that is above.

My point is Messi clearly does not approve of a 5-3-2. Expect to see our regular 4-3-3 line up, and perhaps a 4-4-2 with Biglia or Enzo in there. Being that he is 26 years old now, I don't believe for a second Messi is going to let a manager piss away another world cup opportunity.

Credit to Sabella for acknowledging his mistake at half time and immediately after the game. Bosnia was a worthy side, but had we started with our normal formation this would have ended up 3-1 or 4-1.

Iran defends very well but lacks offensive skill sets. Don't be stunned at a 2-0 score. With a win, we win the group most likely. The keys to this game are getting Higuain in form, and developing rhythm in this formation. As it stands, we will most likely be playing Switzerland in the round of 16, Belgium in the round of 8, Italy or Holland in the semifinals, and either Brazil/Germany in the finals if we make it that far God willing.

Also do not over emphasize any one game. Sure Holland killed Spain and Germany destroyed Portugal. In Hollands, case, I have said all along that Spain is overrated. Couple that with the revenge factor and the fact that Spain "gave up" after 3-1, and you have that score line.

In the case of Germany, you have a skilled team that is incredibly tactically sound going against a Portugal that is grossly overrated with a star player that does not want to be there clearly, and seemed annoyed at times that he had to play with his countrymen who he views as inferior. A good lesson for all the CR7 fans is this. Never compare this guy to Messi as a human being, because he is classless disgusting scum and even Mourinho said "its not his fault, he is uneducated". As a footballer, Ronaldo is a selfish player that clearly is on a level 2 to 3 notches below Messi. Nothing wrong with that, but I would say he is somewhere in the middle between DiMaria and Batistuta


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 9:56 AM
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I want this day to get into history books in de name of dos santos... Wishing him to rip apart brazilian defence.... With lot of hopes....... Waiting............


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 9:33 AM
1
Brazil-Germany final???? that will never happen dude,, brazil will meet germany in the semis as both of them will top their groups...

People here are putting too much emphasis on group stages matches.. Mark my words teams like germany,Netherlands will NEVER reach the final... they have no room for improvement,, their fuel will continue to decrease... Brazil,Argentina,Italy will continue to improve and will play their best football in the knockout stages...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 9:31 AM
0
The surprise is really sabella.... Aftr making such strong controversial decisions (tevez, willy, fazio) now he is acting like a coward... Completely let down...


pa
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 9:30 AM
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4-3-3 is the best formation for us. It provides more goal scoring opportunities but when it comes to defence we r vulnerable.If 3 midfielders track back and defend it is more than enough u dont messi,kun,higuain to track the ball.Many say di maria doesnt defend. For me he is good in defending the ball in RM. When i look back at last game di maria is better than gago in defending.Gago just watches the ball,he is not pressing. So if u need to continue 4-3-3 we should use enzo but he is not as good as gago in attacking sense so the only thing we need to do is to ask gago to defend


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 9:26 AM
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I wanna see a 5-0 minimum, with all messi, higuain n aguero on scoresheet...
Aftr de 1st round de best bet is brazil-germany final...


argentina fan
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 9:19 AM
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@haman... I agree with you.. we will win with a huge margin


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 9:16 AM
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I predicted 4-0 against Iran as the least result accepted. If the team didn't manage to get this one at least, then competing on the title would be a clear doubt for us.

Now, If Holland managed humiliate Spain like they did as well the German show, their results against teams like Iran would exceed 5-0 logically, and since, we are considered as the best attacking force in this competition, we should exhibit our force in the coming match to warn the competitors around, that Argentina haven't displayed their capabilities yet.


Vamos Argentina


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 9:11 AM
0
5-3-2 is worst n i was never a fan of it... But this 4-3-3 is very open, especially for a WC game... It is good at friendlies forcan exciting entertaing displays... Batista used 4-3-3 nd it was dfnsvly solid cause he used 2 good tacklers n 1 ball holding player in his 3 men mid (for ex :- masche-cambi-banega), almost at present squad like a masche-biglia-gago mid... This has a huge dfrnc with our present dimar-masche-gago mid... Some say now that di maria n gago will do dfnsv duties, yes i agree they track back but it never equal to a contribution of biglia or perez at dat role... IMHO if we r goin wit 4-3-3 either 2 of de front 3 shud track back or all de 3 in mid shud b capable of very strong dfnsv performance...
And i m not criticizing messi, what i said is all players deserve respect n by depending messi alone we r not gonna acheive anything...


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 8:53 AM
3
well i think some issues regarding messi should be cleared...

First of all,, Messi is NO maradona.. that is a cold hard fact.. Maradona did things in his football career which will be never repeated again in history..NEVER.. he played against some of the most cold hearted butcher defenders of all time and he thrived against them and he was the Inspiration of an Average Argentina and Napoli and he took them to unimaginable heights... On the other hand,, Messi is a player who NEEDS comfort around him unlike Maradona.. Messi has consistently played with his FRIENDS Xavi,Iniesta who are the best midfielders of this generation.. In playing with them,, He shone for Barca incredibly and he couldn't do the same for Argentina because argentina had a different system and had egoistic players like Tevez.. Sabella realized this problem,, he removed players like Tevez and allowed his friends Aguero,Higuain to play alongside in a 4-3-3 system.. the result was that Messi finally began to replicate his form for his country... Messi is more like Pele,, he needs to be surrounded by great players for him to shine.. On the other hand,, Maradona didn't need any system,, any player.. when he was on the team,, the most egoistic teammates would bow down to him because that was his personality,, he was a GREAT LEADER an inspiration to all the other players on the team and the team would respond to him... Messi and Pele may have more trophies in their cabinets because they played in great teams,, Maradona took sewer teams like Napoli and made them champions,, that is an achievement that is worth thousands of trophies... So the comparison between Messi and Maradona is futile... Messi will win the cup but he will never be a Maradona..

But we don't have any Maradona now.. We have messi and he is our best player... He can lead us to glory just like he lead barca to glory.. For that to happen,, it is imperious that he be surrounded by Aguero,Di Maria,Higuain... messi has scored a wonder goal already and he will continue as sabella uses the 4-3-3... Maradona could've played with any formation and any players but messi cannot play with 5-3-2 simply because it doesn't suit him and it doesn't suit argentina... 5-3-2 will bring down the whole team and not just messi... Messi's success in every match will inch Argentina ever closer to that elusive WC... Sabella understands this perfectly and will use his tactics accordingly...


pa
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 8:49 AM
0
Messi is the player who creates things,who dribbles past two three players and provides some beautiful through balls and also scores fantastic goals. For that u need messi to get as much as freedom, so if a team is formed according to that 4-3-3 rather than 5-3-2 then he rotates freely and provides some magical moments.By making tactical switch according to messi makes him happy. I dont believe in off field issues of banega or pinto(messi's closest friend in barca) and about captaincy,he is not a person who is a captain material of encouraging players. He knows that every players knows their role. I might be wrong in my points but mocking such a great player is not acceptable


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 8:47 AM
0
Also i dnt believe 1 man alone can win a football game... A single player can change a draw game to win or a losing game to draw... Or maximum happen in a single game, but impossible to continue it in a whole tournament...


sandy
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 8:46 AM
0
@Argentina4life,
i don't think that messi is disrespecting the coach. he is a human being and he will have his opinions. if he disagrees with the coach, that shows only one thing: he loves his country more than anything. if he doesn't like 3-5-2, it doesn't mean that he is personally not happy with that formation, it means that just like many of us, he thinks that it will only ruin argentina. our problem is not that the coaches are not getting respect, our real problem is that the coaches are behaving like autocrats.

remember one thing: he doesn't play groupism or politics like tevez who was the pet player of the coach and openly supporting the coach. after the last world cup tevez was saying that maradona should stay! but he didn't say anything about the omission of zanetti!
let us forget these issues and focus on the present.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 8:41 AM
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Best formations imo :

Against dfnsv sides:
Romero.
Zaba, fede, garay, rojo.
Ricky, gago, masche, di maria.
Messi,hig/kun.

Against strong side:
Romero.
Zaba, fede, garay, rojo.
Ricky, biglia/perez, masche, di maria.
Messi, kun/hig.


leonard
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 8:41 AM
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@Argentina4life it is not possible for messi to single handedly win the cup for argentina like maradona did in 1986 because this is not 1986.this is 2014 where the game has evolved so much that tactics,team work and execution beats the individuality even if he is messi or maradona.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 8:33 AM
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The first thing to stop is saying "messi key to WC success" "Itz all depend on messi's performance" "everyone shud make messi happy" etc etc... What was de need for that... Yes he is a great player, is an additional boost for our WC hopes... But itz a fact that if we hav not a messi even then argentina will b a title contender, coz our country produce arguably de worlds' most technically gifted players all time... Messi as a captain n sabella as a coach i wish them to boost other players saying messi alone cant win anything, only through good team performance success happen in football... We are acting now like messi is de only player who can score goal in our team, no one else is there... Itz true players must complement each other, but never need to sacrifice...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 8:21 AM
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What is dis saga between team n formation selection n all... Why sabella is acting like this in crucial moment... He is de coach of argentina NT n it shud b him who select de squad n playing formation n starting XI, not players... If he is able for de job he shud select de players he want n need to make them play de way he want... If players start ruling coaches, then itz de start f that tem's downfall, barcelona this year is a best example for that... I really hope there is no any internal issues between team n coaching satff...


Argentina4life
(Nepal)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 8:19 AM
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Today i need help from you guys. I don't know the perfect reason but i m really getting irritated and frustrated by messi now a days. From our 23-man world cup selection , warm up friendlies and finally the first match of the world cup, i have observed many things deeply disturbing about messi and its getting to the melting point...

Ok first of all he openly supported Banega which means disrespecting Sabella and was clearly showing his anger towards management in the Trinidad friendly. It seems to make him 'HAPPY' we need to select those players who have friendly relationship with him on a personal level as well. By the way whats this 'HAPPY' issue with messi? I swear from Barcelona to Argentina this making messi happy has been one of the most disgusting thing in recent weeks...

Messi must be happy playing for Argentina not the other way around, Messi needs to perform no matter the formation or the players selected... As a crazy messi fan,watching him play for years and supporting Barcelona for no reason, defending his awful goal ratio for Argentina (blaming coaches and tevez) and having always regarding him our next Maradona i m finally getting weak.

My main concern is why he needs everything in his favor to shine? Yesterday he needed his favorite 4-3-3 formation, someday he needs his buddy Kun along side him and on and on and on. Did Maradona asked the same? Really even if messi wins the world cup can we compare him to Maradona? Really?? He is our captain but he is always looking down and out of confidence when things aren't going our way!!! How can someone do that being a captain?

Whole world gone crazy with that goal of messi. I know it was beautiful and i screamed the loudest when it went in but i m not fool enough to ignore the awful display in the first half of our captain. Its disturbing when the whole team is utilized just to make one player happy? Even Kun looked somewhat unhappy yesterday.

I really believe in Sabella because he is quite defensive. Argentina needed defensive coach after all those heart breaks and crazy attacking formations. Feel free to disagree but compact defense wins you the ultimate prize not the other way around. But i feel extremely sorry for Sabella as messi has openly criticized the defensive formation because he is not "Happy" and unable to shine in those formations.

When a single player becomes more important then the whole team its a danger sign and more importantly the so called important player shows no sign of courage,fighting sprite and leadership quality during hard times.

Anyways regardless of all these thing hope we win the cup. Always supported my beloved albiceleste regardless of the player as Argentina was there before messi and will be there after messi as well.


pa
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 8:04 AM
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http://natterfootball.co.uk/2014/06/lionel-messis-world-cup-showing-why-mock-a-potential-legend/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lionel-messis-world-cup-showing-why-mock-a-potential-legend#sthash.8DJ6i239.dpbs

This what happended in mundo during the game.That is shocking


shaon
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 7:53 AM
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our attack and defence is good bt the main problem is in our midfield,if we play with our fab4 against any strong team then i think we will lost that match.the fact is there have no connection between attack and defence and sabella knows that,if we want to win this world cup then we have to solve this problem.this team is unbalance.....everything is ok.just we have to solve this problem,otherwise we can not win this worldcup.this is the fact...


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 7:39 AM
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@Amlan and all the fantasy fifa world cup players

I think we need to wait until the end of the group H (tonight) before we can see the final points and our standing in mundo albiceleste group.

Do not forget to change players too for the second match of group A-H.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 7:37 AM
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@dammage7

Good point Dammage7, changing to more defensive tactic does not guarantee us not conceding any goal.

I am just talking about our plan B here. I think if Sabella ever uses that 5-3-2 again, I am sure before the match even starts, Messi and co will be unhappy.

I just wish Sabella can teach the fantastic four to play defense. I just ask Di Maria and one more to defend. Let 2 be upfront. 8 men defending when attacked is enough.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 7:21 AM
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@leanord

argentina midfield does not have the offensive power to push a atrong team back and also to support our forwards (which is why messi always come deep) yes we dont have xavi or ineista

but even in barcas shit season, di maria, and perez have been better than them 2


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 7:20 AM
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I have got a total 101 points in the first group phase in the fifa world cup fantasy. But it shows only 66 points. Do you know why?


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 7:19 AM
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i disagree, everytime in big games we switch to defensive mode we collapse
brazil in copa 2004
germany 2006

i remember in euro 2008, holland were playing well until they played russia. russia wing backs attacked and kept hollands robben and others in their own half by being offensive.

we need to keep teams in their own half and not let them to always keep us in ours

i must admit i was impressed by gago for a long time as he was quite offensive vs bosnia compared to his defensive mind vs friendly in romania.

messi will always come deep cos no one else has that talent to initiate an attack. maybe enzo perez.

anyway argentina must start vs iran with gago and higauin.

and let at some stage
alvarez > di maria
lavezzi >aguero
perez >gago


dmjo
(Kenya)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 7:15 AM
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In my view,ilike what i saw on marcos rojo,he really worked hard in the entire defence,he was so brave even being pressurised by the winger he stood to his game,he never panicked.i guess when we are playing such good counter attacking teams like holland,brazil usa and germany he should replace federico fernades,as centre back,iam not disrespecting fernandes but he is the type of guy when pressured he commits too many mistakes like own goals,silly fouls,i and thats why rafael benitez is busy in the trasnfer market shopping for his replacement.Another thing is that,albicelste is not balanced and that is something that is worrying coach sabella,i mean he tried to gamble with the formations on the field playing 5-3-2 and the 4-3-3,everybody knows that we can attack but we cannot defend the problem is not the defenders,its in the midfield,i mean we only have world class defensive mdfielder in mascherano,but talking of gago,i knows he only fits in the national team,he combined well,with masche,he passes the ball ,he back track too defensivly, but he is someone whom you can beat easily,cannot intercept the killer passes and most imporantly he lucks physical strenght and pace.You can imagine him one on one with neymar.demichelis in my view can play as defensive midfileder and mascherano as cenral role ,this two will protect our defence,watch masche in midfield and you will tell me,my first eleven will be like this.romero,campagnaro,zabaleta,rojo,garay,demichelis,palcio,mascherano,higuain,messi,di maria,i suggested this becos campagnaro and palacio will both defend and combine well in right flank,zaba who can play at left and attack as well and di maria in as playmaker.i dont need to expain about messi and higuain.I read comments pple suggesting we use our fantastic four,i want to tell you that,we can only use them when playing teams like iran,nigeria who cannot cause any threat to our defence, football is about tactics.ghana yesterday had all the best players than usa but they lacked tactics.


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 6:47 AM
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@ el principe,

We also won against Italy by using 4-4-2.That time 4th
midfielder was Lamela.And I think that it was one of our best defensive displays.


leonard
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 6:32 AM
0
@el principe i like the idea of playing a 4 man midfield against stronger teams.

-------------------hig/agu

--------------------messi

--------------dimaria-gago-perez

------------------mascherano


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 6:22 AM
0
Iran going to park the bus against us . we can make a good test for our fab4.
I need kun and pipita to be in score sheet so that our strikers morale can be high.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 6:05 AM
1
I think Kid is depressed by Ghana loss now. Tomorrow he will be even more depressed by Chile loss to Spain :p


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 6:02 AM
1
I totally agree with Pep (Argentina) our poster. He mentioned 4-4-2 as our back up plan. I like that.

Sabella did play 4-4-2 before discovering the fantastic four. The difference between 5-3-2 and 4-4-2 is we have an extra midfielder instead of defender. Think about our friendly vs. Germany where we won 3-1.

In the first half we played 4-4-2, we were quite balanced, although I didn't like that one extra midfielder who started, Jose Sosa.

In the second half, we switched to fantastic four since Germany had to play with 10 men and we won 3-1.

Let that be our main 2 tactics. We have no Sosa now, which is good for me, but Maxi or Enzo can be that extra midfielder in our plan B. We have had some success with 5-3-2, but we normally had ugly win with that and Messi almost always looked below par with that formation.

With some players like the captain Messi and Zabaleta announce publicly how they don't like 5-3-2 today and prefer 4-3-3, I don't think Sabella is that stupid to damage the team morale by keep playing that formation.

I say let 5-3-2 be our plan C only when we're leading by 1 or 2 goals with just around 10 minutes to go against a strong team.


JZ4
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 6:00 AM
0
Guys why don't Sabella use DIMARIA,MESSI,HIGUAIN trio up front and GAGO,MASCHE,RICKY(PEREZ) in MF ?? worth a try IMO Ricky is doing fine in that role at Inter


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 5:50 AM
0
The team need a water carrier, that role can be supply by Gago and Mascherano; the missing linked between mid up to front must be smooth and runs well, Messi role in number 10 in the sense and typical of Maradona, Aimar and Riguelme is different, I would rather prefer Di Maria to do that, unfortunately he was not in form during B&H match. Nessi is given a free role but he need full support to do one on one in the box with a good and reliable partner.


leonard
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 5:41 AM
0
@dammage7 i think in the group stage we can get away in playing fab4 but not against the stronger teams.

regarding the messi issue he was the one who collapsed our formation yesterday mainly because he was always getting drawn towards the ball like a 10 instead of staying up and making runs behind the defence. i have noticed this enough in barcelona to conclude he has become a 10.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 5:27 AM
1
i think with perez masherano and di maria in midfeild with messi infrotn as a no 10. in frnt can have any of lavezzi, higuain and aguero


leonard
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 5:26 AM
0
from the way messi is playing, i have come to believe that he has become a true NO 10 and he is no more a forward and from now on we should think of him and use him as a 10.


leonard
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 5:22 AM
0
guys go to the link below it is the perfect tactical analysis of our game.

http://tttfootball.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/argentina-2-1-bosnia-herzegovina-five-tactical-points/


Neel
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 5:07 AM
0
Argentina did fine in the first round of matches. Germany had lot of players with prior world cup experience and as such the added strong nerves. Holland were just plain swashbuckling as they mostly are in the group matches. All the good teams won because of a sequence of events well maybe except Holland who I thought won without much help. Germany - Portugal was going pretty balanced till the penalty. And refs have missed penalties like that. I wonder if Germans would have been as effective had that penalty not come to their aid. So, its not only Argentina which rode on good luck.
What is re-assuring is that the back-line of Arg has looked very good. It wasn't long while back when our back four was as fragile as a crystal glass in the hand of a drunk monkey.
Our midfield has to have Di Maria, Gago and Masch. Our midfield is actually weak, because the combination of players just does not add up.
I think Messi needs just one more goal and he would be mentally at the right place to let his game explode completely. Fortunately, Iran games comes at the right time to provide Messi a relatively easy opportunity to score at least one more. The entire forward line has to work harder. In last world cup, Messi, Higuain, Tevez and Aguero were running around more and getting to penetrate more. It will happen again. Forward line is our strength and I am sure they would pull their socks up. Arg will not press the full gas throttle yet against Iran though (and rightly so).
Its impossible to plan to win a world cup and actually win it. However, Argentina will surely do very well in this world cup. Making the full circle would need luck as well.


fotobirajesh
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 5:02 AM
0
I must say, I was quite impressed by Rojo, may be because I didnt expect a good game from him. He can only improve from here.


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 4:37 AM
1
Marcos Rojo!


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 4:23 AM
0
Sabella must have full confidence in the team and his tactical strategy; no more experimental although playing against Iran

Albiceleste strength is in their attacking forces
The formation of 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 and it varians brings Messi at his best
Optimize the winger with Maria, Gago or Perez. Maxi,Ricky, Demichelis and Lavezzi will be for subs
The team should be blend and ready to play with high tempo and high spirit



dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 4:20 AM
0
why should we fill the middle vs good teams
the better teams will now chnage around when they face us.

argentina need to play to their strenghts. sadly our coach is a pu55y i have learnt in the last week.

sabella will deny messi a world cup due to his cowardness.

i just hope simeone or martino take over after to bring the best out of argentina and messi


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 4:17 AM
0
mehdi, inm that formstion arg will be very deep which is what happened vs bosnia first half

messi nees ot be collecting the ball in last 1/3 but your way he will in our own half.

argentina perform better when attacking. we need to score goals aswell as defending. we can defend all we wanrt be if we dont score then whats the point.

di maria needs to pull his finger out or he will have a shocker like he did last time and in the copa america


mehdi_hzh2000
(Iran)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 3:45 AM
0
every player needs support in the field...for example when dimaia move mascherano must protect dimaia place for counter attack ....and when gago move forwad enzo perez protect gago place ...its very important....we need fill middle ...especially agait great teams like germany italy brazil....


mehdi_hzh2000
(Iran)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 3:41 AM
0
please use enzo perez beside gago mascherano dimaria in the middle ........
-----------------------romero---------------------------
zabaleta--------fernandez-------garay-------------rojo--
-----enzo perez------mascherano------dimaira------------
---------------gago-------------------------------------
-------------messi-------aguero(higuain)-


Suharta
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 3:15 AM
0
Thanks a lot Messi......

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