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Posted by John (Sivan John) Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Go To Comments

Starting 11 For Nigeria?

 

 

 

 

 

The team had their practice session at the Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre,  the venue where they will play their final group match against Nigeria. 

Alejandro SABELLA has also announced that the starting line up will be the same as the one from the Iran's match. 

So here is your starting eleven against Nigeria (the formation will be 4-3-3):-

Sergio ROMERO; Pablo ZABALETA, Ezequiel GARAY, Federico FERNANDEZ, Marcos ROJO; Javier MASCHERANO, Fernando GAGO, Angel DI MARIA; Lionel MESSI, Kun AGÜERO & Gonzalo HIGUAIN

There were speculation on whether Jose BASANTA could start at left back since ROJO is carrying a yellow card but seems like SABELLA has decided to stick his first choice player.

 




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travis
(Japan)
Posted on 6/26/2014 at 8:47 AM
0
arg2014 is right...this fabulous 4 or fantastic 4 or whatever 4 that is left is NOT working in world cup stage where the pressure is even more bigger.

like i said, if not for messi, this argentina team will go home already. (lost to bosnia 0-1, draw with iran 0-0, lost to nigeria 1-2). leaving only rojo as the only goal scorer.

i'm not sure what sabella will do now to face the switzerland next. his boys wasn't just the same as 1-2 years ago. his boys is still dreaming, not knowing the nightmare waiting for them in round 16.

like i said, sabella should do a radical changes in the team. don't stick with 4.3.3, this will kill his boys.
his team is weak just on every side.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/26/2014 at 4:18 AM
1
can sum1 give higuian some more ice cream so that he gets a tummy ache and misses next match


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 11:31 PM
0
Now it makes me laugh reading about fab.4 on here....wake up folks.
First of all: Maradona invented fab.4 with a different personnel: Messi/Higuain/Tevez/DiMaria when they were younger, faster, and trained to run everyday by fitness management. Today, fab.4 is not working for 2 reasons: players are not fit enough, tactical strategy has been changed a lot. The team plays slow, can't counter attack, and our crosses can't find the right legs to score.....that made our attack lame and depends on Messi.

Argentina today is one man team, in modern football can't win the WC like back in the 70's or 80's.....Maradona's and Bagio's days are over. Messi can beat Switzerland alone, but in the QF it will be hard. In the semi final there will be the Dutch machine waiting. I think Sabella failed to select the right Forward for this tournament. Perhaps local attackers would do a better job and have more hunger to shine and steal the spotlight. Higuain and Aguero are a failure, with Lavezzi a runner and chances waster, Palacio is an old man and perhaps injured.....what is left???? Messi = one man team.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 11:15 PM
0
@mikhail excellent post and I agree with you, but the issue with gago is he will never be replaced no matter how bad he is and the reason is messi has asked him to be included, so in that regard we are stuck with gago and masch will be alone in the middle, we will see if sabella is brave enough to change 4-3-3


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 11:10 PM
0
who says 4 S.American teams would be semifinalists in Brazil? I heard it here on Mundo.....

Ecuador is already out after a crappy performance. (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay) only one team out of the four will make it to the semi final. Argentina is on the other side of bracket. Can you argue now that 4 S.American teams will go to the semi final????


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 11:05 PM
0
I agree, i'm very happy our defense got tested unlike last world cup, it was too late to realize the defense wasn't good enough and the midfield was a mess. But i'm sure Sabella wouldn't have went with the same formation and tactics against bigger team, but we shall see, in Sabella we trust.


Mikail
(Malaysia)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 10:56 PM
2
Well it is really overboard to accuse those who criticise certain players as haters. It is a generalisation to the extreme. Well, it may be true to some but to others it was more like a concern about the team. We need to remember when we support the team that means we support those players on the reserve as well, not only the first XI.

After 3 matches in the group stage, the improvement to the team must be made as fast as possible because in the knockout stage the room for error is really really small. Attention to detail is very important cause one tiny error can decide the fate of the team. So, when we as fans/supporters single out any players for criticism it is because we want that particular players to improve or if it is beyond their capabilities then they should be replaced. Off course the ultimate decision will be made by Sabella, every man and his dog know it. If we go by that then there is no need to discuss anything.

Ok regarding the match, there is a concern why Aguero was not functional. In my opinion, Aguero is a central striker but in 4-3-3 he was responsible to stretch the defense wide on the right. But his mind didn't think as a wide forward that was why he always drift to the centre and made the play narrower because we already had Higuain in the centre and Messi. Even though Messi had freedom to roam he always stayed central. Therefore, it crowded the space and made it easy for the opponents to defend. On the left, we didn't have a problem because of Di Maria. He was always running into space on the left as evidence with our first goal. On the right we didn't have anyone running into space until Lavezzi came in.

Some may argue why the Aguero, Higuain and Messi combo worked during WCQ and friendlies. Well, competing in a tournament like a WC is vastly different to playing in friendlies or WCQ. The intensity of play in WC games is very high compare to friendlies and WCQ. Every team will go another level in terms of tactical discipline, tackling and pressing. The space will be at premium and passing lane will be clogged and the middle lane, which Argentina love to exploit, will be crowded. That is why the system needs a little tweaking.

Regarding Gago, he just didn't do enough defensively in this match. We can clearly see that Rojo was so much comfortable defending and attacking on the left while Zabaleta struggled on the right. It was not because Rojo was a better fullback than Zabaleta but it was because Di Maria always doubled up with Rojo on the left when attacking and defending. Di Maria hustled, harassed and tried to get the opponent off the ball hence giving time for Rojo to retreat properly. Whereas on the right, Zaba didn't have the support until Lavezzi came in. If we look at Nigeria's first goal, the move started from the area covered by Gago. He missed the opponent in the centre of the field and then he just jogged along behind without any serious effort to stop the opponent's running thus giving no time for our defense to regroup. Then, when Babatunde made the pass to Musa he simply stopped the chase and leaving Zabaleta alone to block the shot. He should've not stopped that running and he should've doubled up with Zabaleta to close down Musa and subsequently blocked the shot. In other words, Gago needs to buckle up defensively and learn from his mistake. But if this is beyond him then for the good of the team he needs to be replaced by either Biglia or Enzo Perez (off course this suggestion is based on 4-3-3 formation not 4-4-2).


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 10:44 PM
0
Suresh, I know you mean well but never be happy to see any of our player injured.

I do agree that its good to see Sabella moving the gears in his head to fix the defense problem and I'm very glad Basanta is on our bench.


Suresh
(India)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 10:41 PM
0
I am happy that nigeria scored 2 goals and aguero got injured,
because sabella should know that mascherano needs support support in midfield and try 4-4-2 with enzo perez/ricky/bigila.




guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 10:23 PM
0
Aguero got big muscles for his frame, he better reduce those muscles


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 9:53 PM
0
@kid it is ok to criticize of form players some times, you are always defending the players even if they are terrible , we are all obsessed in winning the cup that is why we take shots at some of the players, it is been too long we need this cup


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 9:52 PM
0
Has anyone noticed aguero's body has changed?? Is it all the weightlifting that is tightening his muscles? He doesn't even look like a footballer anymore. I agree with everyone else here about aguero on the bench but i want palacio to start because of his work rate. Lavezzi and aguero can come off the bench for a spark. You can get away with a 4-3-3 with Biglia or Ricky for Gago simply because they are more technical and cover more ground.


day
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 9:47 PM
0
i think aguero will be back for next match or one after.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 9:41 PM
0
Whoscored:

Messi - 9.4 ratings

Rojo - 8.1 ratings

Di Maria -7.9 ratings

Mascherano - 7.8 ratings

Fernandez - 7.7 ratings

Zabaleta - 6.8 ratings

Garay - 6.7 ratings

Gago - 6.6 ratings

Higuain - 6.5 ratings

Aguero - 6.1 ratings

Romero - 5.9 ratings



KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 9:14 PM
0
HATERS GONNA HATE...Federico Fernandez made the best XI for today games..Its about time people here start appreciating our players, others do why cant you guys do the same...

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2109401-world-cup-2014-best-xi-of-day-14-with-xherdan-shaqiri-lionel-messi-and-musa/page/11


theophilos
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 8:50 PM
0
I hope today's game was a preview of a 4 man midfield with Ricky as the playmaker behind Messi and Higuain or Aguero.


theophilos
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 8:48 PM
0
El Pipita has the best recap by far. Read it.


El Negro
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 8:26 PM
0
I don't know if guys were watching the same game that I was watching.. The team played awful today; only Rojo, Messi and Mascherano knew what they were doing. Fantastic 4 has been nothing but a failure thus far. As an Argentina fan, it was very painful to watch.. Back four is awful with the exception of Rojo. Going into the knock out stage, Sabella should strengthened the defense and midfield by switching back to 5-3-2 or 4-4-2 with Messi and Lavezzi up front. They are the only two of our forwards in shape at the moment.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 7:37 PM
0
The reason messi is getting so much space is the presence of aguero and higuain... sadly aguero is injured hope he will be fit for the next game... As elpipita said to strengthen our defense we need a strong midfield and thus one of higuain or aguero has to be dropped and also my favorite defender fedrico... campagnaro or basanta should be given the chance not demichelis ... Demichelis is slow guys he can only be brought in to finish off a game .


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 7:31 PM
0
@kid I meant he tracks back and that will help zabaleta


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 7:09 PM
0
guled: I am a BIG Lavezzi fan but why keep on bring up Lavezzi as a defender, isn't Lavezzi suppose to be a goal scorer..


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 7:00 PM
0
@kid aguero and higuain are good players but they are clearly unfit , I am still hopeful of higs he was little bit better then the first two games, now that aguero is suffering injury issue lavezzi is better now defensively


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 6:51 PM
1
You guys who are attacking Higuain and Aguero now will be the same GLORYHUNTERS drooling all over them in the latter stage of this competition..Please be careful with your words..There is a time for everything..Higuain and Aguero are world class strikers and if you think they will not come good at some stage during this world cup then you guys are sadly mistaken..


Pino
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 6:51 PM
2
Lavezzi in, Aguero out.

Lavezzi plays defense, runs all over the field, opens up the wings, which give Higuain and Messi more freedom to operate. With Lavezzi or Palacio, we defend with 8 defenders, a major plus, also, the pace is accelerated.

Aguero waits for the ball, him and Higuain have the same type of game, wait to get the ball, and play no defense and don't open up the wing play. We only need one of them to start, I would rather start Higuain over Aguero at this point. Aguero can come off the beanch, if healthy.

We need Germany to tie or win tomorrow. Also, I would rather play Ghana over the USA, the USA parks the bus.

Vamos Argentina.



mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 6:50 PM
6
Wow that..... was a head turner for sure!!!

The good (plenty!):

- Messi is firing on all cylinders.

- Dimaria getting his mojo and passion back

- Marcos Rojo!!! man that kid has made me eat crow
thus far in the competition. Full of verve and
passion, attacking with intent and most importantly
defending well.

- Ricky playing in his preferred position and doing
well (he's not meant to be a winger, he's a
defensively disciplined 10 always has been and
always will be!).

- Lavezzi adding pace, width and passion to the team.
He may not be a goal scorer and has been prone to
swapping his head with a chicken's but he does add
alot to the team and if I was coaching him at the
youth level I would've advised him to become a
winger rather than a forward because he seems made
for it.

The bad (sadly plenty of that too!)

- FF had an uncharacteristically bad game today; I
really like him and I think he has the making of a
fine CB but off games such as these could cost the
team dearly.
However FF's off game isn't the real issue but
rather the discrepancy between the midfield and the
defense.
A backline on it's own does not a good defense make
but it is rather the combination of a strong
midfield and a strong backline that creates the
perception of a strong defense.

- This leads to me to my main point of contention
with today's game. The midfield was weak and it's
not because of Gago (some of you have an agenda
against the guy, seriously!) or Masch or Dimaria
and replacing Gago with Enzo isn't going to change
anything!
I was never a huge advocate for the fantastic 4
system but like I mentioned previously one couldn't
argue with the results that it bore in the
qualifiers and because of that one would be
inclined to accept a 2 and half man midfield
(Dimaria is a half midfielder half forward) provided
that our forwards would be banging in the goals and
scaring the opposition away from attacking our team
in fear of retribution/counter.
However now that our strikers have failed (will get
to that) it's time to let go of the fantastic 4 and
embrace the 'practical 3' as in 3 proper
midfielders + Dimaria who would be pulling in a
dual role (alot to ask I know but his shoulders are
wide enough to bear it).
Contrary to some of you who just seem to hate on
Gago I think he had a solid game but you are all
correct in noting that he alone assisting Masch in
the midfield just isn't enough so a 3rd is a must;
that could be Enzo or Augusto (if you want more
width) or even Ricky if you want to induce more
skill and creativity into the center of the field.

- Kun and pipita, you 2 are breaking my heart! I
highly suspect that it's fitness related because
they went from heroes (against very strong
opposition in the WCQ) to zeros against
comparatively weaker opponents at the world cup
thus far.
It also breaks my heart further but one of these 2
needs to be benched for the rest of the tournament
and my vote goes to Kun, who happens to be my joint
second favorite player alongside Gago.
Let him rest and regain his fitness and bring him
as an impact sub as he has done so often for the NT.


Parting comments:

Personally I wanted to see improvement, I wanted to see hustle and passion and I got all those so I'm cheerful (not quite 'happy' yet).

The fab 4 system has sadly broken down and a needs to be changed.

If Sabella is still going for the 4-3-3 with Lavezzi replacing Kun then it pains me to say that Gago has to be benched in favor of a more defensive minded player like Biglia otherwise the team will taking tremendous risks going into the knockout phases.

Lastly don't be so harsh on Arg2014 and some of the other posters, I don't believe for a second that they're trying to troll but rather they are understandably disillusioned with the team's performances after coming in with such high expectations.
This site is made so we the fans could express our opinions and passion for the albicelestes and often with passion comes criticism.







KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 6:47 PM
1
Spain out of world cup

Italy out of world cup

England out of world cup

Portugal on the verge of going out

Germany tied with Ghana a team that lost the African nation cup to Nigeria

France tied with 10 men Ecuador

Brazil defense is not that impressive neither is there midfield...They tied with Mexico

Holland defense is not that great

Uruguay lost to Costa Rica

Belgium is just barely scraping by in a easy group.

As I said, I'm not here to read all this negativity foolishness..See you guys in the finals...

We can win a world cup final by 1 - 0 or 2 - 1 or 3 - 2 but I doubt you guys will be complaining with these results in a final..lighting up for pete sake and stop this negative attack on the team..


Mikail
(Malaysia)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 6:46 PM
1
A few positives from the match against Nigeria:

1) Messi scored and is becoming more active and influential in the team.
2) Di Maria is slowly but certainly is regaining his form back.
3) Lavezzi's introduction into the game opened up the attacking channel on the right and his pace and movement upfront has given the breathing space to Zabaleta in defense and allowed him to join the attack.
4) The forwards (mainly Messi and Di Maria) started to try more shots from outside the box.
5) There was a little shape or structure in our build up play.

The things still need to be improved.

1) The central midfield was good in supporting the attack but was a bit weak in defense. Gago's defensive ability left a lot to be desired. On the first Nigeria's goal he was just jogging along behind Babatunde as if he was escorting him to goal. As our defenders were retreating, there was no effort from Gago to hustle or to regain possession from the forward. It gave Babatunde all the time in the world to charge at goal through the middle and pick a pass to Musa to finish the attack. On Nigeria's 2nd goal Gago was partly responsible as he was clearly not in anyway ready to receive the loose ball as his "tackle" gave the ball back to Musa to score the goal. We need to try other options in central midfield. Either Biglia or Enzo Perez must be given the chance to prove their worth.

2) Fede Fernandez was the weaklink in our back four. His positional awareness and capability to read the game were just not good enough at this stage. We need to try other options such as Campagnaro or Demichelis.

3) Romero lack of match practice was very much exposed in this game. He was a few seconds too slow to react to save the first goal.

4) Although we showed a lot of improvement in our attacking play but the lack of movement from the forwards upfront was still a concern. Sometimes players just walked casually and didn't make themselves available for passing.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 6:39 PM
0
Switzerland...... Another bus stand........????????? :@


wavingflag13
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 6:36 PM
1
4-4-2 is a must.

And over the 3 matches not in a single match did argentina defend solidly and yet kid would still say this and that how france conceded 2 goals against swiss.

Well switzerland is a far better team than nigeria and they scored against france when france was 4 goals up already. not the same case for argentina .

At times Nigeria broke our defense at will. It seemed so easy.

we need 4-4-2 , drop aguero higuain gago fernandez.

They are our 4 least convincing players.

Bring lavezzi palacio ricky and enzo in. I swear we can keep clean sheet against switzerland.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 6:35 PM
0
if we cant beat the swis in our sleep then we have no right even dreaming of winning this w/c


Notoraj
(Finland)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 6:35 PM
0
it took 32 years for Argentine again they celebrate a goal from the free kick in a World Cup
http://www.ole.com.ar/mundial/argentina/Kaiser-Messi_0_1163283932.html


wollie
(Belgium)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 6:32 PM
0
I don't get the critic on Di Maria today. For me, he was one of our best players in todays game. I think he will improve.

Aguero really worries me because he was really never involved in any dangerous action when he was on the pitch. Higuain was more active and tried to be involved.

Benefit is that if you replace Aguero with Lavezzi you can say we are already playing in a 4-4-2 if Lavezzi operates from the right wing.

Lavezzi---Gago---Mascherano---Di Maria
Messi
Higuain

And although I like Gago as a player, I would replace him with Perez. We need quick players that can infiltrate in the box of the opposition but that are also immediately back in position defensively to avoid counter attacks.

I am very curious what Sabella will do in the next game. He won't replace Gago of course but I think Lavezzi is going to start on the right wing. Especially since the Swiss have upcoming backs like Rodriquez and Lichtensteiner. They play very high which means there is space to counter them from the wings with fast players!


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 6:32 PM
2
Kid, why are you talking like this...??? Your comments are like you are de only one supporting argentina here n all others favours some other teams n you are convincing us that argentina is de best... Whatz de need for that...? Do you really think wit dis performance we win this WC or wud hav survived a group f death... You are simply ignoring de flaws n acting like a blind, we all want to see atleast a 70-80% perfect performance from our team.... If i m not wrong u r also der in criticizing maradona for his tactics n team combination in 2010 WC, can u say any dfrrnc between that n this 4-3-3.... Then we had atleast fit tevez n higuain, now we hav half f higuain n aguero... The only dfrnc i can see is a more organized back 4 n off de pitch harmony in de team... Still that incredibly imbalanced team on de pitch...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 6:11 PM
0
Are we n holland de only teams won whole 3 matches.......??????


ama
(Greece)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 6:09 PM
0
4-4-2 or 4-3-3 or ..., it is the result that matters and so far, in the WC, in my opinion (although I am not really an expert of tactics) none of the formations seem to work for us. But since we seem to be so attached to the 4-3-3, I do know that for example, that the attackers and attacking midfielders need to defend and run like hell. And ours don't so far. The defense is a team issue not a 4-players issue. Overall, to me the team looked as if they don't have proper guidance.

It also seems that all those great players that have been doing magical staff with their teams are now, at the same time too, in a very bad form; Iguain, Kun, Di Maria. but, I don't think that Sabella should treat them as having their place on the field reserved. I believe that he sees their below teir standards performance, but maybe hopes they will improve if they keep playing.Iguain, I think played better, but Kun is almost inexistent and I am really expecting much more from Anjel.


Notoraj
(Finland)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 6:05 PM
0
so it's Switzerland!! Bring it on!! Vamos Argentina!!


ama
(Greece)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 6:02 PM
0
I will admit that it is tiresome to complain, but on the other hand it does not do any good pretending that everything is ok. And anyone who has seen the preliminary matches of the team can see clearly that currently there is almost a different team on the field. Why, I wish I knew or better yet that Sabella knew. I just read his comments on the game and said that he is happy overall and sees no defense issues, because Nigeria is very offensive and these things happen.
Now, this I call a problem; the coach unable to see that the team has performance issues. Because, if this the case I don't really see Sabella's added value.


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 5:45 PM
0
But We can salvage this tournament for us if Sabella will make a number of necessary changes quickly.


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 5:39 PM
2
Kid, Are you really blind? How much shitty games must play Higuain and Aguero for you are noticed that? You really still believe W can Win World Cup with this strikers. Open your eyes. Stats don't playing. No matter how much scores Higuain and Aguero in past if they are so bad today.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 5:18 PM
0
LOL @ France winning the world cup..Ecuador getting the better chances playing with 10 men..


some supporter
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 5:14 PM
0
Di María improved, but Agüero isn't going anywhere. Trying a 4-4-2 with Biglia in, Agüero out wouldn't be that bad of an idea. If in need of the 4-3-3 again, Lavezzi in, Gago out.


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 5:14 PM
2
@Kid,
I said "Again a +1 goal win. Still have to improve a lot." and your reply was "Really? a 3 goal scoreline is not enough?"

No Kid no...it is not enough. We still have to improve a lot. I am sticking on my words. We are still not reached near our best but we are on the way. If you think this performance is enough for you..ok..thats your opinion..i respect that. But IMO we have to improve a lot.

We will come to our play. Just go through our 3 matches. Yes we are improving but still....have to improve a lot of things.

Offense:

Goal-1: SET PIECE GOAL. Taken by MESSI but an OWN goal.
Goal-2: MESSI magic
Goal-3: MESSI magic
Goal-4: MESSI score from rebound.
Goal-5: MESSI scores from FREE KICK.
Goal-6: SET PIECE GOAL. Taken by Lavezzi and Rojo luckily score.

Didn't you notice its all MESSI other than the last goal. Messi cannot carry us all the day. Other strikers have to step up. We have world's best attacking but still none of the other strikers scored than MESSI. Do we need to improve there or not?

Defense:

1: Against Bosnia: Didn't you notice how many times Romero had to save us? Didn't you notice how easily we conceded..?
2: Against Iran: Didn't you notice we struggled to defend them even though they came very rarely in our goal..?
3: Against Nigeria: Nigerian attackers scores 2 goals against us..? I cant agree that. You said one of their goal is world class and another is from poor pass. If our defending was so tight do you think still the first goal will happen..? Didn't you notice we defended very poorly there..? Second goal you said it is a poor pass...so you are OK with that..?

I still think we have to improve a lot still. Even our captain, Messi said this.

In our play i could not see much of tam play. Our defense should be more tight and buildup play should not be slow. Did you see any TEAM GOAL from Argentina..still ? We are Argentina..we still not reached our level..we have to improve a lot still. But we have improved a lot from first match.

This time..its for Argentina..we should do it..! VAMOS ARGENTINAA..!!


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 5:13 PM
0
Aslam: I'm done with this conversation..See you at the finals..


DD
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 5:10 PM
0
didn't people say that Sabella was successful in building a solid defense? Today's performance doesn't support that argument. We need to be solid at the back if we want to to clinch the title.


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 5:09 PM
1
I think Switzerland is good on the wings we need to play a 4411 Lichsteiner and Rodriguez will out team zabaleta and Rojo.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 5:09 PM
0
3-2 is a far better score than 1-0. we could have easily had few more goals only to be denied by very good nigerian keeper,, i head somewhere he had top 5 clean sheets in europe this season.. those 2 goals conceded with make sabella think twice about fielding the fav4 next game.. we need another midfield player ricky/biglia/enzo ... when ricky came in for messi we looked far better in control of the midfield thus making our defense look better... and we were still looking dangerous there... and about that lavezzi incident lavezzi has said he was trying to cool down sabella's nerves and done in good humour . sabella and co are very used to it.

http://www.goal.com/en/news/3790/world-cup-2014/2014/06/25/4914130/he-was-too-nervous-lavezzi-explains-sabella-soaking?ICID=HP_BN_2


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 5:08 PM
2
@Kid-- no more side talks... WHAT HAS AGUERO AND HIGUAIN DONE IN THIS WC???? WHAT??? they have WALKED in the pitch,, they walked like a bunch of sissies who likes the comforts of Manchester than the DIRT of Argentina... I was furious,, I was ashamed the way they played... EVERY TRUE ARGENTINA FAN should be ashamed of how they played in the 3 WORLD CUP MATCHES... no matter how many goals they score in meaningless friendlies,, they showed ZERO PASSION in this WC... and you still want them in the team????

MESSI MESSI AND ONLY MESSI is going to lead us to glory... Di maria,Lavezzi,Palacio ACTUALLY has the passion TO RUN for argentina,, they will HELP messi in every step... we need to defend more collectively and MORE RIGIDLY and so we need biglia,perez/alvarez in the middle and remove the FRAGILE named Gago... "FAB4" is a fantasy which was DESTROYED COMPLETELY over the course of 3 matches,, the emphatic proof is Messi's 4 MAGNIFICENT GOALS...

Pressure???? Messi is already the GREATEST,, he doesn't feel any pressure,, he THRIVES in these pressures... just like Maradona in 86,, Messi is leading this argentina and only a fool would say otherwise... Sabella now has to make the necessary changes,, the show will continue to run on messi's feet...

this IS messi's World Cup... Please don't waste it Argentina....


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 5:05 PM
0
Good game, poor defense that needs to improve ASAP, FF played bad and maybe its Basanta's time, El Pipita is still out of it and any news on KUN?



KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 5:00 PM
0
Yea, if Argentina had won 1 - 0 against Nigeria you guys would be pulling out your hair..Remember the Iran game? The last time I check it finish 1 - 0 and it was all negativity here on Mundo.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:58 PM
0
Guled: Switzerland is very similar to Bosnia..Of course no team is easy, we will get the job done against any likely 2nd round opponent..


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:56 PM
0
1-0 is a much much convincing scoreline than 3-2 imo... Itz fact that we are not perfect anyway, very weak in certain areas, we wanna b champions, bt at present we are looking far from a champion side... I agree ballack comments, we have only two parts, attack n defence, no midfield at all, even aftr having a nightmare setback 4 years back.... Extremely lucky we didnt included in a strong group, we hav seen already jst one slip is enough for teams to get into situations impossible to recover... Sabella got enough time to anslyse things, if he didnt learn from these n make proper decisions going forward, de cost will b big... Vamos ARGENTINA....


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:55 PM
0
You guys can talk about our strikers need to defend more, but at the end of the day their jobs are to score goals. Lavezzi and Palcio combine have 6 or 7 goals for Argentina in 53 games total for both players..Argentina need Aguero and Higuain, you guys need to wake up..Lavezzi and Palacio are strikers not defenders and they lack in the scoring department badly..Lavezzi and Palacio starting together will only put more pressure on Messi and Di Maria to score goals..


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:51 PM
0
Aguero was able to walk off the pitch hes ok


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:50 PM
0
Switzerland is not easy team, sabella should be careful and not get carried away with this 4-3-3 thing


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:41 PM
3
@Mafioso-- ARE YOU suggesting that there is an ALTERNATIVE to messi??? you compare him with David Villa???? you say Van Gaal will stop messi???

nobody knows what will happen in the future,, but over the course 3 matches,, messi has shown why he is the greatest player of all time even greater than Maradona and Pele... the ONLY problem is that Messi DOES NOT open his mouth very much... If he was an extrovert like Maradona,, then the haters and Naysayers would have run naked into their holes... but because he is an introvert,, even if he performes in the most outstanding way,, the haters still continues to belittle messi... but if messi wins this WC,, then even those haters will accept his stature...

not 21,, 28 years of frustration... for 28 long years,, we didn't have any messi... And now,, if we waste this WC again through stupid tactics and shitty defending then we don't DESERVE to win any more WC...


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:36 PM
0
It is true some times we are too critical, the team needs little adjustment, 4-4-2 with Ricky and Perez/biglia coming for aguero and gago will make midfield solid and protect the defense , impressed with Ricky alvarez


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:33 PM
1
ALL 3 PLAYED PHIYICAL AND SLY AGAINST US EVERY TRICK IN THE BOOK

ITS CLEAR ARGENTINA ARE FEARED BIG TIME



outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:30 PM
0
Under different circumstances I'd just be plainly heartbroken for Aguero's injury. But with his currently form...I don't care when We have Lavezzi and Palacio.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:24 PM
0
lavezzi is good cos when we defend

it is like this

lavezzi---gago-masherano - di maria

2 walls of 4.

i think campa can come in for zaba on right as he is much more defensive minded

also knock out is good time for 3-5-2

......just an option


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:18 PM
0
That's right The Thinker. "sabella must do these necessary changes IF he is not blind".


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:17 PM
0
Lavezzi was probably telling Sabella to cool down a bit hence he squirt some water at him..Lavezzi always mess around with the coaching staff..A few weeks ago he was slapping one of the coaching assistant on the back of his head while they were on the team bus..


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:15 PM
0
@Mafioso-- yes dimaria plays for us and he plays tremendously well... but AT THE END OF THE DAY,, no player has more influence on the pitch than Messi... everybody here said 6-7 months ago that we can win WC EVEN IF MESSI DOESN'T PLAY... well,,Water will turn into Fire,,Heaven will turn into Hell BUT argentina WILL NEVER EVER WIN THIS WORLD CUP without the GREATEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME... this is basically a LAW of nature..

sabella needs to just tweak his formation and withdraw the flops from the team... we need players in the midfield who can JUST PASS THE BALL TO MESSI and then defend throughout the match... Biglia,Perez or Alvarez can do that job and Lavezzi and Palacio upfront together with Messi and Di maria would push argentina over the line despite having a weak defense and an unpredictable GK... sabella must do these necessary changes IF he is not blind... the 3 matches have shown completely that "FAB4" doesn't exist... Sabella HAS to AXE the big names on the list if he wants argentina to lift the trophy...



KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:14 PM
3
Argentina came across 3 different types of game during the group stage..

A) Bosnia was pressing

B) Iran had all 10 players defending

C) Nigeria played open football.

Sabella have seen everything during this group phase..


GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:13 PM
0
Hey Outlaw, yes good question about Lavezzi and Sabella. Interesting to see Lavezzi squirt Sab with the water bottle lol. Maybe Lavezzi doesn't like to defend too much and Sab was barking orders at him

But you're right, it showed a lack of respect towards the coach which is not good


hugo8
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:12 PM
0
We played quite well. Although it seems messi is carrying the team somewhat, aguero and higuain dont look like scoring, need goals from other sources too.

Defense looks somewhat suspect, centre backs. Im pretty happy overall apart from letting in two goals, how will defence cope against stronger attacks? Looks like a problem.

I do like di marias unorthodox even wild style of play it help with unpredictability even though he does loose the ball often, reminds me of ronaldinho bursting through creating for ronaldo and rivvaldo.

Please defence strengthen and please ageuro and higuian do something and we have a big chance.


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:10 PM
0
If We don't improve our defence Switzerland will beat us


GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:08 PM
0
Well, a very enjoyable game I must say. More open than the other 2 matches and ironically enough, Argentina were a bit too slow on the counter on a few occasions. You could see that Di Maria and Lavezzi had pace on the counter but they had no support from the others, probably because the Nigerians are very fast themselves and Argentina didn't want to get caught out.

Fernandez is looking like a dear in headlights, he is our weakest defender ATM so something needs to change there. Garray was very good as was Rojo and Zab.

Gago I thought defended well in this game, much better than his last 2, which was a good sign. He just lacked those clinical passes and creativity today but play a solid game.

Higuain is definitely out of form and lacking fitness so he should be used as a sub at best.

Lavezzi's speed and acceleration was impressive and I think he needs to start because we're lacking that from our forwards, namely, Aguero and Higuain. I think Aguero's injury icould be a blessing in disguise, however, we do need him at his best if we are going to win this WC. Messi's performances are just not sustainable and we cannot continually rely on him to save us each match because when we play against top teams/ top coaches, they will try to shut him out and this is when our fringe players need to step up.

IMO, a 4-3-3 exposes our weakness in defence and we just don't have the midfield for it. It needs to be a 4-4-2 at least with Enzo in there to provide solidity and creativity.

What can I say about Messi that hasn't already been said!!! Friggin amazing man!!!

The soccer analysts on TV actually said how it's obvious Argentina are playing with the handbrake on and in low gears, saving themselves for the knockout phase - I totally concur with their comments.

We are very well placed in ths WC, primed and ready to go.

Vamos Argentina carrajo!!!!



maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:07 PM
0
we aint dropping out in Qer finals enough please fucking hell JINX US WHY DONT U


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:06 PM
0
Alverez makes me giggle such a gaggly skinny looking fool but boy he can play ,i like his swagger and invite to come get at him he gives to the other team and makes them look bad

di maria rose to the challenge of team driver when messi got subbed , it revealed that we are no were near top gear


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:06 PM
0
What is the situation between Sabella and Lavezzi. I hope our players respect their coach. I will respect him even if We drop out in quarter finals.


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:02 PM
0
there was a sense of 1st 2nd gear only di maria is clearly holding back his shots are a massive threat and his runs

ithink kun doesnt fit lavezzi seems better , there was a sense of we aint got started yet but fernandez is pissing me right off


pa
(India)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:01 PM
0
www.goal.com/en-za/news/4684/world-cup-2014/2014/06/25/4913917/-


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 4:00 PM
0
Argentina looked much better defensively when Sabella went for 4-4-2.

With 4-3-3,Zabaleta received no help,at the right side he was all alone.In the midfield,Masche was doing all the defensive works,we looked so open to Nigeria's attack.

We need an extra midfielder,an attacking mf who also can defend.Perez is a box to box midfielder and Biglia is a dm,so it should be Alvarez.He showed good touches and skills,also defensive covers.

But if Sabella decides to stick with 4-3-3 and uses Lavezzi instead Aguero,I won't complain.But as Zabaleta looked a little tired and Fernandez looked sloppy with his concentration,it will be better to add
a midfielder.

Some said that there is only one exist of fantastic 4..Have you forgotten that Di maria plays for us?


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 3:56 PM
1

i was happy with lavezzi, di maria garay, rojo, ricky

higuain again touch was bad and has very slow acceleration.

masherno did good tackles and headers gave ball away few times, dont know why he held onto ball in his own box for a long time.

gago was hit and miss, just think we have better players who can start.

alot of goals are counter attack in this cup. i just think gago is slow and maybe enzo/biglia can offer more


Rahat
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 3:49 PM
1
@Kid, I cannot have comment over you guys. I have already learnt a lot of things about Argentina in this blog from many posters like Kid, el pipita, el principe, Mafioso, The Thinker & a lot of others. I respect u all. I am still learning & will be. I am still a beginner compared to most other members here.I am Grateful to you all.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 3:49 PM
0
The good thing is we have so many fans at the stadium it is like invasion we are at home


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 3:47 PM
0
we clearly are playing possesion football with mini counter attacks are high speed countersseem to be being hidden by sabellla

we seem possesion based we have dominated possesion in this world cup MASSIVELY


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 3:44 PM
0
demi-garay partnership would have worked today and gago-masch-dimaria need to look across there line PROBLEM FIXED


Trini Pupi
(Trinidad And Tobago)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 3:41 PM
1
i WAS HAPPY with the overall performance of team.
The 2 goals i am sure Sabella saw how they happened and will address it. Especially the second goal...what i admired is that Nigeria tried it again to cut inside and do a 1-2 but the players adapted swiftly.

I hope Augero is not injured badly and Higuain seems to be playing with Minimal effort. I was hoping Higuain would score and get off the mark for confidence..but that Nigerian Keeper stopped MANY goal bound efforts.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 3:41 PM
0
2010 world cup was Argentina 1 vs Nigeria 0..2014 world cup, Argentina 3 vs Nigeria 2 and some here wanted 7 - 10 goals for them to feel good..lol


Rahat
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 3:40 PM
0
4-4-2 seems to me much balanced.
Romero
Zabaleta-----FF------------------Garay------Rojo

Lavezzi--------Gago------Mascherano------Di maria

Messi(Free role)

Higuain


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 3:40 PM
0
MASCHARANO GAGO AND DIMARIA RAN FORWARDIN A 3 AFTER WE SCORED THATS WHY NIGERIA SCORED BACK THAT IS BASIC ERROR

GET INTO SHAPE AND MASCHARANO STAY INFRONT OF THE BACK 4 AND SHOUT AT THEM TO LINE UP

FERNANDEZ IS ALWAYS IN THE WRONG PLACE AND ALWAYS DOING THAT WEIRD SHIT WERE HE PULLSHIS ARMS TIGHT TO HIS BODY AND STARTS DOING A IRISH JIG

HE GOES TO GROUND INSTEAD OF PASSING

HE TRYS TO MAN HANDLE OR HEAD INSTEAD OF COOLLY PASSING IT OUT THE BOX STEP ACROSS THE ATTACKER AND KICK IT CLEAR HE ALWAYS GOES BACK SIDE OFBTHE ATTACKER ALLOWING A SHOT


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 3:39 PM
0
@Rahat:: Ghana and the USA are two of the fittest teams at the world cup..USA and Ghana at the moment are than Belgium/Russia/Algeria


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 3:34 PM