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Posted by Roy Nemer (Roy Nemer) Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Go To Comments

The three points and no experiments

Many have been questioning Alejandro SABELLA and his decisions in Argentina's opening match. Why a 5-3-2, why didn't HIGUAIN and GAGO start, why did Maxi start. It's very possible that SABELLA's hand was partly forced when it came to those decisions.

As much as we all talk and comment, SABELLA's knowledge far exceeds all of ours. We're talking about someone who has World Cup experience as an assistant coach, someone who has won South America's most difficult tournament and won it in Brazil. Someone who has drastically improved Argentina's back line. And everyone is ready to crucify him because of a starting eleven he put out.

It must be said that Gonzalo HIGUAIN was not fully fit and it clearly showed even once he came on as a substitute. Fernando GAGO is made out of glass and isn't even fit to start despite being substituted into the match. Taking HIGUAIN and GAGO's injuries into account, LAVEZZI didn't exactly impress in Argentina's two matches prior to the World Cup and throwing in Rodrigo PALACIO's injury, it can very well be that SABELLA didn't trust starting LAVEZZI up front in a 4-3-3. Remember, SABELLA sees much more than what we see. We're only being fed information from training. We don't see the positioning of the players or how well the chemistry is between them.

For GAGO not starting, it can easily be that SABELLA didn't want to risk starting him and having him injured for the remainder of the tournament. In the opening match of the World Cup, anything can happen. Argentina, reigning World Cup champions, lost to Cameroon in the opening match of the 1990 World Cup. Spain lost to Switzerland in 2010 before going on and lifting the cup.

If there was ever a match for SABELLA to experiment at a World Cup with, it was the opener. I am completely against Argentina playing a 5-3-2 or 3-5-2 but SABELLA tried it and we got away with it. I really don't think we'll be seeing that again from Argentina in this World Cup.

As for the starters, Maxi RODRIGUEZ was the most experienced players of the regular starters for Argentina and it's possible SABELLA felt comfortable with giving a veteran player like Maxi the start. Again, it was a mistake by SABELLA but he fixed the problem by bringing in HIGUAIN and GAGO.

Despite Argentina not playing very well, there were still positives to take away. Marcos ROJO played probably his best match as left back for Argentina. Sergio ROMERO who we've all been bashing played a really great game. A very good save off a corner kick, reacting quickly to a chance by Bosnia in the first half, had it not been for ROMERO, Argentina would have been losing at half time. Many will blame him for the goal and while he does deserve part of it, some was just bad luck. FERNANDEZ was more to blame than ROMERO himself. Pablo ZABALETA was a work horse and GARAY was excellent.

MASCHERANO was getting out run in midfield, but that is because he was left alone without GAGO, BIGLIA or PEREZ. DI MARIA looked much better in the second half. He had some great passes which just missed AGUERO and HIGUAIN, but he'll only get better. MESSI and AGUERO were completely isolated. MESSI constantly had 2-3 players on him and had no room to operate and no one to pass to. AGUERO forgot his shooting boots at home.

Once HIGUAIN and GAGO came on, Argentina just looked much better. HIGUAIN created room for MESSI and GAGO was delivering him the passes needed. That goal by MESSI was great. A great play with HIGUAIN, he took defenders and scored. That took an ape off his back, not a monkey.

Against Iran I think we'll see the Argentina that we are used to seeing. The 4-3-3 with MESSI running havoc, Argentina.




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pepe_Argentina
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 6:37 AM
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Guyz please stop assuming researching suitable formations!!! We all can replace Sabbella I know!! but not know!! lets keep faith & hope for the best!! the relatively poor start will actually help us to proceed further!! Our defenders will be more conscious and determinded! Messi & Co will more concentrated & Di Maria will train more to deliver those exciting pass more accurately!! Guyz I have high hopes this time round!!


vish
(India)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 10:51 AM
1
Brazilian cheats got their butt kicked. Over hyped team, hope they get eliminated in the initial group stages


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 10:49 AM
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The great understanding between Messi and Higuain is often under estimated.Messi has scored more goals by linking with Higuain than Aguero.Messi and Aguero partnership is natural but Higuain is more willing to help.Aguero,Higuain and Messi together looks great,but but a Aguero and Messi only frontline rarely worked.
Saudi Arabia match and most recent Bosnia match are example.The thing I'm trying to say is Higuain is very important for us and for Messi.We can not afford to bench him and Sabella should give extra attention towards him sothat he can gain his sharpness fast.

Sabella was talking about the balance between attack and defense.For this he does not have to change his formation.For smaller and decent teams we can use our usual Fantastic 4 without any worry,for bigger teams
still I will keep faith on fantastic 4 tactic and will just start Palacio instead of Aguero.This way we will have atleast 8 men defending without compromising with attacking sharpness.Attack-wise Palacio is very intelligent and defend-wise he is better than many midfielders.


I believe that Mascherano and Rojo will be better and better as the tournament proceeds.Despite it was his first WC match and he is the youngest member of the team,Rojo was very confident and determined.Mundo members would wonder and praise if that rabona was done by Alves.Last 3 match of Masche were his best games in terms of attacking contribution and he will only get better.

And lastly we should not kill ourselves if we see wrong moves,mistakes,struggles from the team and manager.A world cup winning team is not the perfect one,but the one who learns from the mistakes of previous matches.We have to be patient.Sabella learns from his mistakes,we have seen it at past.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 10:25 AM
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Lavezzi to arsenal
Rojo to liverpool
Ricky to tottenham
Higuain to barcelona

Do any one of this happen.....?????


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 10:20 AM
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When higuain is on de pitch, i wanna see him as de main striker, in de box always... Also if we are playing messi n aguero as main strikers like against bosnia i wish to see di maria as #10, as a head in diamond formation of masche-perez-augusto-di maria...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 10:12 AM
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Dont know why our team only having this problem... Every team take their game to anthr level in world cups... Even costarica, korea n all played better football than us....!!!! Dnt know why our players are always getting nervous in big stages... Even masche, messi, aguero...!!! Even some young kids n poor talents are believing themselves n looking pumped up... Play good football in all 4 years n when it matters de most let down, always...... So sad... :|


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 9:58 AM
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mexico>>>bosnia


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 9:45 AM
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Romero
Zabaleta, Fede/Basanta Garay Rojo
Gago Masche Di Maria/Perez
Palacio Messi Aguero


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 9:38 AM
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"Dont be cheated that brazil is abad team,its only that they got the team in mexico that always give them problems,like argentina always struggles against romania.mexico are composed,determined,physicaly fit they dont panick.now thats how you play them"
I agree


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 9:19 AM
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i Just re watched our match [ only second half]...

we have hell lot of improvement to be made , actually we are absolutely in no position to criticize brazils last matches.

Hope we ill do that in coming matches


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 9:05 AM
1
so sad after 3 years in charge he does not know his best set up.!!!!


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 8:48 AM
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For those who interested
our full match

http://livefootballvideo.com/fullmatch/world/world-cup/argentina-vs-bosnia-herzegovina-2


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 8:12 AM
1
Once upon a time,, Brazil had teams which would strike fear in every other teams in the world,, their mesmerizing Samba football would shake the world to it's core and the world would applaud for their everlasting Beauty... well that Beauty got choked by Dunga in 2010 and now Scolari has killed it... It is absolutely unimaginable,, Brazil has no better striker than Fred??? No better midfielder than Paulinho,Gustavo??? Yesterday,, Brazil were not Brazil.. they played with dirty tackles,, sloppy passing,, terrible vision and with no passion at all...

Me and my friends today discussed that Brazilian football has declined dramatically since Ronaldo,Ronaldinho,Rivaldo era... Brazil has ditched their famous "Jogo Bonito" and now plays more like Physical Central European teams with very little flair.. Only Neymar produces a fickle of magic while others are pure garbage and doesn't deserve to wear the yellow shirt... Some days ago,, Scolari said that this team is greater than the 2002 team which is a very ignorant thing to say... Scolari's Arrogance and Ignorance will cost Brazil this WC...

Brazilians will not cheer for this ugly team... this team may reach the semifinals playing ugly football but they will get steamrolled by the germans... Argentina have an easy run to semifinals and we also have the players to beat Italy or Holland... an Argentina-Germany final is on the cards..

Brazil-Argentina final may remain a dream that can be never fulfilled...



el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:15 AM
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@Baker

The best scenario, the mission impossible mission is Brazil out of the first round :p

They can still be out. They are not mathematically secured.

Mundo will celebrate whenever Brazil get their butt kicked.


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:00 AM
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i want cameroon to win today and make the life difficult for brazil in thrid match


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 6:47 AM
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if spain beat chile today then spain will crush austrila and go through on goal diff.

if chile draw all they haev to do next match is draw again


pa
(India)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 6:07 AM
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http://golazoargentino.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/why-argentina-and-messi-need-4-3-3-and-gago/

Good article about combination b/w messi and gago


JZ4
(India)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 5:53 AM
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I got mad after watching the first game and I've been writing down our formations n team setup over n over in these past two days,it seems we won't ever use 352 again this campaign everyone says we gotta defend with the like of 8 or 9 players against big guns so 433 also won't be used in R16 n QF... now I'm completely clueless


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 5:50 AM
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If Chile win today than Holland vs Chile games will be played with reserve team; I hope Spain did not pack their bags that earlier.

Can't wait to watch the Del Bosque's strategy and reform the team in such a short time.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 5:46 AM
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el principe: im very much hoping pocc takes the broom and has a massive cleanout of the dead wood at whl.
I do wish him luck as pocc will need it.
im hoping he can get players like dem fit as he has the talent but seems a lazy shite.
lennon is typical English winger and is only good for 1 in 5 matches at best.

im really hoping an injury free lamela and having pocc beside him will let the epl see just how good lamela can be as he is young, is a talent who could be a revelation this season given the chance and I have high hopes for him.


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 5:25 AM
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So guys , today rooting for spain...?
My heart cant support spain but my mind telling me to support... :(


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 5:11 AM
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Anyway, Kidult is in depression now with Ghana loss. If Chile lose again tonight, he won't be back with us for sure.

It's OK Kid, everyone makes wrong predictions! It is normal...


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 5:08 AM
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@Pablo D

Club football talk (off topic): I think the Hotspur need to get rid of at least 2 of their midfield players. Their midfield roster is too crowded and too mediocre. Dambele, Chadil, Sigurdsson, Bentaleb, Lennon etc won't get the Spurs any trophy. They are just good enough players for a UEFA Cup team caliber.

For me the Spurs need to get rid of a lot of players and buy a striker, better midfielders/wingers, better CB. I see the ones worth to keep are only Lamela, Lloris, and Eriksen.

Barca has appeared to rebuild completely. Luis Enrique even tells Xavi that he's free to go. Barca is ready to replace him with Rakitic.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 5:07 AM
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with this formation whe messi gets the ball he has p;ayers infront of him like ageuro and higuain
in the 3-5-2 he collects and no on ein front

3-5-2 would be perfect against teams like germany to counter attack. but vs teams like bosnia iran, who dont press, it just werennt work.
yes we can keep clean sheets with 5-3-2, but will struggle to score


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 5:05 AM
3
The only match which had 100 % attendance is Argentin's Match....Woh....!!!!
40000 Argentine Supporters were present in Maracana...Woh...Woh...!


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 4:59 AM
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Guys, against Iran, Sabella will field the best team. The original starting line up of Romero; Zaba, Fede, Garay, Rojo; Masche, Gago, Di Maria; Messi, Aguero, Higuain.

If there is a change, at most just one of them and that is Gago. But I hope Gago starts.

Remember this is the World Cup. It is not a good time to experiment. HOWEVER, should we win the game against Iran, we will qualify. So the third game against Nigeria, just like the third game in the last 2 World Cup (2006 and 2010) will be the right time to use some reserved players.

If we're talking about the third game now if our record stands 2-0-0, then yes go ahead talk about some changes. I won't be surprised if we use 6-7 reserved players in the third game.

Against Iran, Argentina need to restore its confidence. Let's start with our best line up and let's see the fantastic four vs. park the bus round 2.

What's the round one of fantastic four vs. park the bus? Argentina-Romania friendly.


dollon
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 4:58 AM
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because referee always hlep brazil to win.....


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 4:18 AM
0
Can anybody tell me.......why Thiago Silva did not get Red card yesterday...?


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 3:42 AM
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shite is was burdisso-pabs eats humble pic lol

AbNormalOne:I have been reading the ricky to my Tottenham, I just don't know about him but at some where between 6-8 mill g.b.p it could be worth a gamble.


travis
(Japan)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 3:27 AM
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before world cup i said it here that sabella brings so many injured players to brazil. he has time to pick some healthy in form players since january, he never did.
now he can't even play his regular first 11.
on his first world cup match he made a foolish tactic, make argentina look stupid to the whole world.

now this injury will bother all of us for the rest of this world cup + with a manager who have no experience at world cup stage. sabella is afraid. he's not even sure now of his squad.

higuain
kun
gago
maria
zabaleta
mascherano
messi
all this key players were injured in 2013, some still are, even will be worst.

even the subs are now injured with palacio, demi, garay, biglia

the ones who're 100% healthy and fit are
romero
alvarez
perez
basanta
lavezzi
augusto

now, we shall see what sabella can do to fix this problem. we can see how argentina react to the horrific first match when they met iran next. if the actual argentina strength (in qualifiers round) appear in this match, we should score 6-7 goals to none.

sabella bring 70% not fit team to brazil. this is all his fault.

i disagree with Maxi Lopez who said that sabella is just another bilardo's puppet.
i think sabella do almost everything on his own, not getting influenced from the afa entirely (for example, the exclusion of tevez, and maybe caballero).

the thing i don't like is his player selection and his tactical system who seems not very convincing. i don't see all this Mundo's talk about sabella being tactical genius.

but i agree with Maxi Lopez who said that argentina is very lucky to have been in a easy group. bring one or two big team (say, italy with mexico, or maybe france with colombia) to this group, i don't think sabella's team will ever make it to the next round.

but i suspect this team will grow, not because of sabella's brilliant coaching, but because of their own talents.

this team should win the world cup on their own.


miskan
(Indonesia)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 3:21 AM
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@jz4..even if we hv 2 or 3 great GK like ochoa...the problem of argentina is "UNIQUE MANAGER"


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 2:23 AM
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Pablo.d, it was Burdisso not Demichelis.


theAbNormalOne
(India)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 1:15 AM
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@pablo.d: Heard Ricky to Spurs rumor.Ricky+Lamela???


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 1:08 AM
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i would have liked to see icardi as well.
as the saying goes if you are good enough you are old enough.
a good coach will put a stop to any baggage like del bos did to curb the real v barca problem's that plagued spain for many years or bebto v romaro sage as they hated each other but the coach made them put their crap aside and work for he team, they won the w/c.
im sure not all of the currant players get on with each other, was it not demi who called messi a spoilt brat etc during the copa.


JZ4
(India)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 1:04 AM
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Wish we had a keeper like Ochoa....


theAbNormalOne
(India)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 1:04 AM
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What we need is two players with complete freedom on the field (Messi in the offensive and Mascherano in the defensive aspects). So my starting XI for Iran game would be
Romero
Zabaleta-Garray-Fede-Rojo
(((Mascherano)))
Perez-Gago-Di Maria
(((Messi)))
Higuain
Its a mix between 4-4-2,4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1
Adding Perez to the midfield would make Gago and Angel concentrating more on attack and also it will ooze confidence while defending with 8 players.
*A midfield of Mascherano ( hard tackling,passes to the wings),Perez(Hustle,Box to box ability,tenacity), Gago(Link up play,Creativity,Defending) and Di Maria(Creativity,Pace,Wing play) contain every ingredients of the midfield.
*Sub Higuain with Kun at some 60 minutes.
*Messi,Higuain,Kun need to be scored to increase the confidence.
*Ricky and Biglia need to get minutes.
*This team do not need different preparation according to the opposing teams(Weak or strong).
*Give support to the wing backs(Perez to Zabaleta and Angel to Rojo).
*Angel get the chance to explode through wing.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 12:47 AM
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Icardi is immature , he is talented but it is not worth the baggage he brings with him(Wanda)


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 12:37 AM
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I wish Sabella took Icardi to Brazil. With injuries concerns regarding Higuain and Palacio he could be really helpful, but it seems Sabella doesn't like him very much.


Sorin'sCurls
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 10:27 PM
0
With regards to other teams, I get the feeling that this round of games will be more tighter, tactical, and less goals than what we have been seeing in general.

Brazil really lack a quality player in the box. Fred or jo are underwhelming. Additionally the midfield looks dull, lack creative outlets. Heavily reliant on Oscar and neymar for any creativity. Oscar was marked very well yesterday, Bernard wasn't of any use.

Mexico were quite good but need more. They seem good defensively and seem to have a tricky combative midfield. Do santos and peralta upfront though were nullified.


Sorin'sCurls
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 10:13 PM
0
Great comments so far, good stuff San, roy et al! The introduction of Higuain really helped with a more strong, permanent and consistent presence in the box, forcing true cbs to respect that and stay back, allowing Messi more movement.

Gago proves important for that link up play as well as taking care of the ball, which a poster referred to in the comments section earlier. He seems essential to the balance and fluidity of the team going forward.

Apologies for any typos, on my phone.


theAbNormalOne
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 10:12 PM
3
10 facts (by so called world-class journalists) in football I can't stand with when I'm on golden smoke:
*Cristina got superb free-kick ability and physique.
*David Luiz is a great defender.
*Argentina got mediocre defense.
*All technical midfield players are from Spain.
*Brazil plays most beautiful football.
*"England's next promising youngster".
*Pele the greatest player ever
*Benzema a forward.
*Italy got the best defense.
*Belgium over-hyping


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 8:38 PM
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Snjv i agree but not france in the finals.


snjv
(Nepal)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 8:22 PM
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I don't know what do you guys think about Argentina but after completion of all first round group matches, I don't fear any team to face against.

We'll beat any teams of any group, Probably we'll meet Switzerland in round of 16 and Belgium in quarter finals. Most probably Italy in semis and France in final. What do you think ?


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 6:57 PM
0
msi, what you talking about, they have Mighty Mouse Neymar


msi2
(France)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 6:44 PM
0
One thing surprises me with Brazil is their absurdly poor strikers they have currently. Such a far cry from R9...


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 6:29 PM
0
Ayr18, That is arrogance at its best, first there was the idiot before Big Phil and then Big Phil who said that Brazil is GOING TO WIN THE WORLD CUP.

They think Neymar is the best thing since sliced bread and that's it.

Costa and Lucas' speed would have been a serious addition, Glad they missed out


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 6:19 PM
0
Imagine if this Brazil has Lucas Costa and Coutinho as backups/starters that wouldd be a dadly brazil. anyways I hope Brazil meet tough opponents their weak bench will show.


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 5:33 PM
2
this could be the worst Brazil team i've seen in years... Sloppy passing,, terrible vision and erractic fouls are the main tactics of this Brazil... Scolari made the biggest mistake when he left out Lucas moura and included that garbage called paulinho..

Oscar and Neymar alone will not drag Brazil to WC victory... they may go out earlier than expected...


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 5:28 PM
2
Brazil will still be there at the end. My guess is the Germans will beat them in the semifinal which means if we make the finals maracana will look like the bombonera. That would certainly be the crowning jewel achievement for Lio winning the WC in Brazil!


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 5:26 PM
0
Thank you Roy.
Well done.


theophilos
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 5:21 PM
0
Brazil could have really used Hulk in this game. Brazil has absolutely no forward depth. I know for most of you this is your first World Cup. Group matches mean NOTHING. Spain lost 1-0 to Switzerland in 2010 in 1st group game, Italy and France both had ties against small teams in their first group matches in 2006.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 5:20 PM
0
Another example of why brazil is
Not a good team.


samad
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 5:17 PM
0
Can romero replicate the performance of the Mexican keeper today...........???????


hugo8
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 4:57 PM
0
are the Brazilians a bit ordinary?


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 4:25 PM
0
Roy
Here is the link to the article

http://canchallena.lanacion.com.ar/1701740-los-claros-mensajes-del-vestuario-por-el-cambio-de-esquema-de-alejandro-sabella


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 4:11 PM
0
what really concerned me was the lack of respect our players showed for the ball, some of the passing and basic ball skills was like watching schoolboys at best.

I realise it was hot/humid and I don't expect any player to run all day in it but to not move at all is not acceptable at all.

having watched a lot of other games we have a lot of work to do as I watch the movement from other teams that I did not really see from us-yet.
having said that is it game 1 and game 2 should be very different.

I wont be accepting any excuses if we have another poor showing.


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 4:05 PM
0
@Roy : why Maxi is forced to play in Deep role...?
That guys should be in No:5 position , he is an ideal sub for our front line players.


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 4:02 PM
3
The only reason sabella played 5-3-2 in qualifying rounds was because of high altitude where players are slow on defense, that was why he wanted to draw in the tough high altitude away games. Sabella is no amateur and you people overreacting over this first game is quite a joke. Just remember, world cup is a marathon and whoever adjusts and peak at the right time wins the tournament, blowing out anyone in the group stage will earn you nothing in later stage, and Argentina should have learned their lesson from the past world cups, and maybe Sabella understands it and knows how to hold back before it really count.

Getting a win from the first game and get out injury free was the most important thing, and they done just that. I would much rather the team to win by 1-0 not showing our true strength first game than blowing out Bosnia 5-0 and drawing everyone's attentions labeling argentina as the team to beat, that wouldn't good to the team at all.


Roy Nemer
(Canada)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 3:55 PM
1
San Isidro, I agree with you but I don't recall reading anything about the 5-3-2 being the one they would be relying on. I remember him mentioning that formation but not saying it's the one he would go with. Not saying you're a liar, I probably missed it.

I slightly disagree when you said that he did it to himself by bringing players that are not fit enough. Gago was always going to be a problem but it's difficult for Sabella to drop Gago when (like you said) even Messi made a point by saying he likes to play alongside Gago. Higuain can't be dropped and Palacio picked up an injury.

I completely agree with you about Gago. The guy is extremely important to the team, to the point that we don't have a replacement for him. And before anyone mentions it, no, I don't think Banega would have been the answer.


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 3:53 PM
0
Hope sabella thinking the same


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 3:49 PM
2
Roy
This is a nice article but I slightly disagree with you. I presume you follow the argentina newspapers and I remember seeing all of them say that Sabella had notified the entire team that the 5-3-2 line up is the one they would most be relying on.

If your point about his hand being forced due to injury are true than he created this situation by bringing players that are not fit enough or by not giving himself enough flexibility.

I think this is simply a case of paralysis by analysis. Sabella tried to shore up the defense at the expense of his offense and midfield. Terrible idea period. Anybody that thinks we are going to win this World Cup by our shut down defense is lying to themselves. That is exactly what Sabella did and he realized it at half time.

We will win with our offense, and by being respectable in the backfield. I think if we have learned anything over the past 2 cups is this. 1) you cannot win by playing defensive football(ask Pekerman). 2) dimaria maxi and mascherano do not work in midfield together as a link up for messi. How much better did he look in the second half with gago in there? Enough to make a point of it in his press conference. And if that's not evidence enough, how many goals did messi score in the last WC with that midfield? Maxi is a good player as a sub---period. He will get you goals in the 80th minute with his saavy but he won't create anything for messi when he starts against a quality opponent. Gago may not be much better, but give him credit for understanding Messi and Messi' football vision exactly. Gago knows his role, and that's all we need from him to get Messi going.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 3:15 PM
0
hopefully we will see the same 11 that started the 2nd half vs bosnia

if we win then no doubt sabella will rest some players in final game and experiment with weakened team vs nigeria.

vs nigeria we can do this

campa - fede- demichelis - basanta

-----perez--biglia--ricky

------messi------lavezzi

---------higuain/palacio

palacio is a hard working mother fcuker and will run for argentina


samad
(India)
Posted on 6/17/2014 at 3:15 PM
1
Well said Roy.........

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