Forgive me if this article seems a bit strange but it’s just that I had a few things locked inside my head that I thought of venting them out randomly. So with about half an hour sparred from my lunch break, here goes nothing…..
First question, am I happy that we are winning?
Of course I am, no matter how good or ugly; winning is still wining and it is sure feels good that our beloved team has made it this far it what has been an unpredictable World Cup. The last time I recall we had such (unpredictable) World Cup was back in 2002, in which were just like Italy, Spain and England this time.
Second question, am I happy with our team’s performance?
Not really, not at all.
Not that I’m trying to be negative but I also feel we need to be realistic about this team. When the final 23 players’ roster was named; somewhere at the back of my head my thought was that this team was designed for MESSI to have outstanding World Cup.
I’m sure some of us might agree that this is not the best team we’ve seen as those who are old enough would have seen better than this one. I still like to think the team we had in 2002 was by far the best ever since winning the World Cup in 1986. The personalities we had in that squad was purely intact in every department. Yet, because we were made to play like European it cost us dearly.
Back to 2014, I’m not going get into the argument about the players that were not called up because that would be pointless. So far with fours win out of four, scoring 7 and conceding 3 with four goals coming from Lionel MESSI. I am happy that at least MESSI is having a great World Cup but that’s the part which worries me as quickly this team is being tagged as a one man show.
Coming back to earlier statement on how this team was designed for MESSI to excel. Judging by these performances so far, they are who are comparing this team to the one from 1986. I have to be honest that I don’t take pleasure from that kind of tagged as to me football is a team sport and the team with the best team work wins. I don’t think this is something impossible for us to achieve as deep down I still believe the rest of the 22 players have what it takes to perform better.
If there is one good omen, I think this World Cup we have kind of being a slow starter as compared to the previous two editions. At this stage by now, we would have been making a huge statement to the rest in the competition but this time, seems like the critics doubt us.
Third question, is changes a necessity?
Changes though it looks like a simple and easy word but putting it into practice is scary proposition. So far the formula that we have been emphasizing has been less convincing though they have yield good results.
But as we move further in the World Cup, our opponent will be stronger and the competition gets tougher. Can we be depending on the same formula again? My take is no.
So we can expect Alejandro SABELLA to make some necessary adjustment? Realistically he has too so we will be hearing quite a few changes on the team in the next few days.
From what I’m gathering…
Federico FERNADEZ might be dropped in favour Martin DEMICHELIS to partner in central defense. Pablo ZABALETA might be moved to play in left back since Marcos ROJO is suspended. Hugo CAMPAGNARO will be brought to occupy the right back position.
Fernando GAGO who has been ineffective will be dropped, in his place will be Lucas BIGLIA but I’m not going to rule out Enzo PEREZ. Maxi RODRIGUEZ could also be brought back to occupy the right of midfield with Angel DI MARIA keeping his place on the left.
Up front, instead of a front three, will be reduce to a front two with Lionel MESSI and Gonzalo HIGUAIN for the time being.
My only concern is that with too many changes can the team gels and clicked together at the crucial stage. Hopefully this is something that SABELLA has been working with the players behind closed doors and perhaps we are not aware about.
Anyway, these are just few thoughts I had in my head, for now.