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Posted by John (Sivan John) Sunday, July 06, 2014 Go To Comments

Press Conference: Jose Basanta & Javier Mascherano

Both Jose BASANTA and Javier MASCHERANO took time to address to the media and press right after Sunday’s practice.

BASANTA was very happy that he was given the chance to play against Belgium. "You dream to play those games. I worked hard to fulfill this dream."

He also stated everyone is aware that they have not won anything and assures everyone that the whole is 100% focus on the task ahead & will do their best.

"It’s up to us to make history." He said (perhaps on Argentina’s chances to play in the first final since 1990).

"Thank God I have achieved many goals, both with the team and individually" further from him

MASCHERANO on other hand has mentioned that everyone in the team is very happy. The only setback is that Angel DI MARIA is injured and they hope he can recover soon.

On playing in Argentina’s first semi final in 24 years. "Being in such a decisive phase, we live with a lot of enthusiasm and knowing that we have a great opportunity to move forward."

On the prospect of facing Netherlands he said they are an experience and hungry team with great individuals, will surely want to make amends from four years ago.

According to him the key to that match is patience.

"We want to move forward and be able to play the final on July 13 at the Maracana" he further said.

He was also satisfied with the team’s performance against Belgium and paid homage to Lionel MESSI and Gonzalo HIGUAIN for having a great game.




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KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 3:23 PM
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@Richard: These are your own words ''Van Gaal worked with Romero at AZ and has experienced his weaknesses first hand.''


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 2:35 PM
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@ Martin Demi
Please elaborate on how Romero's experience with that coach could help. I am curious.

@ Caniggia
Thanks. I am indeed just reporting what I read. You would not believe what the newspapers are reporting here. Holland's biggest sports newspaper had a full front page photo with the tag: nobody can stop us.

Well, we here at Mundo think differently :-)



KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 2:24 PM
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@Richards: I believe Romero will also have an advantage being that ''Romero worked with Van Gaal at AZ''.It can work both ways too..You guys can continue to make Van Gaal out to be some god or something of that nature but whatever he brings Wednesday Argentina will be more than ready..


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 2:18 PM
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@ Martin Demi
Several reasons:
1) team has several wingers who can cross a ball
2) team has backs that can also cross a ball
3) all players grew up in a 4-3-3 system
4) Van Gaal worked with Romero at AZ and has experienced his weaknesses first hand
5) if crosses don't come, it will be free kicks. Argentina defends very deep so there will be fouls resulting in free kicks.


Caniggia
(Hong Kong)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 2:17 PM
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@martin, I think Richard is just reporting what he read. Anyways, the news papers are reporting old news from the AZ days. The development of players progress much faster, though the lack of game time might have slowed Romero a bit in terms of improving his weaknesses. Also, belgium had limited number of crosses due to poor decision making by the midfielders and having 3 tall cb's helped.


rey
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 2:06 PM
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Basanta played better then dojo in that game...


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 1:45 PM
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@Richard: One of the tallest team at the world cup if not the tallest (Belgium) did not achieve that, then what makes you think Holland will?


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 1:20 PM
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I was just reading an article in a dutch newspaper stating that the (dutch) team should take advantage of Romero's weaknesses. From his years here in Alkmaar (with AZ) they know he is no good at corners and crosses. He does not come out and catches those balls.

The newspaper report that he is a great line keeper with good reflexes (true) but he is not the kind of keeper that breeds confidence to his defenders (also true I guess). So we can expect long balls, corners and free kicks...

Below this article was a mention that Caballero is moving to Man City...

If only.



Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 1:08 PM
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Netherlands are really not that convincing and they play dirty. vs Chile they abused alexis. Vs Mexico they got controlled and had to dive we really need to take some long shots I want to see Biglia Rojo or Enzo taking a long shot can really surprise their keeper.


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 12:28 PM
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@ dammage
Very true. But did you see who was coach of the Russian team back then? Look familiar?


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 11:48 AM
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guys watch euro 2008 qf with russia

holland blitz the group over italy france and romania

but russia. yes russia beat them. thier wingbacks were like sorin/zanetti that day and attacked high up keeping robben and the other winger back in hollands area

they won 3-0

if sabella watches it, that is how to win


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 11:33 AM
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Richard: I'm not trying to say Holland does not deserve to be at the semis or they're not a good team, but to honest, Argentina and the Germans are by far the two most experience team in the semis..Argentina team is a well oiled machine and they been playing like that for the entire world cup...

The Dutch have slow down since the group stage, Van Persie have now disappeared in the last two games to is usual self at major tournaments..

Argentina can't be complacent against the Dutch but if we show up like the way we did against Belgium then all will be fine..AS I have been saying, Robben is the only person that set the Dutch apart from Belgium at this world cup, they're both similar teams in a lot of ways...

My deepest fear at this world cup was for Argentina not to meet any South American teams before the final..Plying against South American teams becomes turf war and all of a sudden very intense and emotional for both countries but I never mind facing a South American team at the finals..


JZ4
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 11:22 AM
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We will win 2 0.. Messi and Higuain


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 11:20 AM
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Van Gaal is also arrogant.
That is why this youtube clip is so funny.
It was made by comedians after Van Gaal signed for Man United.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWrj1l_llqo


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 11:17 AM
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Let's hope the ESPN analyst is correct.

Again, I have just tried to shed some light on Van Gaal's thinking. Nothing more.

I am not a fan of Van Gaal, but I have to admit he dares to try new and sometimes unsual things and comes across as more innovative than any other coach.



KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 11:10 AM
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An Analyst from ESPN world cup sport center: ''If its Messi vs Robben, then its Messi for me..The rest of the Argentina team against the rest of the Dutch team,then the rest of the Argentina team for me without a doubt..My pick Argentina over Holland''


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 11:10 AM
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@richard, league titles are trophies, but @mikhail is correct cup competitions are where great tactition discovered, van gaal overratedness is due to English media like I said before


Mikail
(Malaysia)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 10:59 AM
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@Richard, I believe glued was making comparison about cup competition in which Van Gaal last success was nearly 20 years ago.

Cup competition is more about tactics and strategies whereas, league is about consistency over the course of the season. You can win the league by just defeating the small teams and not being able to defeat the big teams. But in cup competition you have to beat all the big teams and small teams in your path in order to win it.

Partly I agree with glued that Van Gaal is a bit overrated as a tactician.


nisar.arg
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 10:57 AM
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we start the wc from maracana and we will finish the wc at maracana


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 10:50 AM
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@ Guled
Thanks for clearing that up.

IMHO winning the Spanish or German league is a major trophy.

If only Champions League, Copa Libertadores, World Club Championships, EURO, Copa America and World Cup counts than it is indeed december 1995 (Ajax world cup against Gremio).


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 10:46 AM
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@richard, I am talking about a major trophy like champions league, he may have won league titles but his last big title was in 1995, also it was cuper design that Barcelona were outclassed 4-1, the smart game that cuper played was the undoing of Barcelona


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 10:34 AM
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@ Guled
Please check your facts.
Van Gaal won German championship with Bayern just a few years ago and won Dutch championship with AZ (including Romero!) not long before that. His championships with Barca should not be forgotten either.

Funny, you bring up Cuper's Valencia. I remember Van Gaal's team being unable to control Claudio 'piojo' Lopez!


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 10:33 AM
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@abnormalone: "Never plan according to them"
i agree on that , but seeing sabella and his tactics on the last years with us , i think he will do some adjustments on the tactics based on opponent. I dont think it is bad either.

But am sure van gal will be worrying more than sabella for putting the tactics . because Dutch played more or less similiar tactics through out the tournament and it will be quite easy for sabella to plan accordingly.
Bur we hade made lot of tweaks and changes in formation and line up in most of the matches , am sure van gal will have to struggle a lot to lay down a plan against us.


dollon
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 10:21 AM
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I am sure about that van gal was sleepless last two nights because argentina..

now van gal is thinking messi,heguin,agura,mascarano,gray oh no.....oh noooooooooooooooo..shit why argentina is comeing..why god why we must fail..oh noooooooooooooo


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 10:20 AM
1
Van gaal may have his data or what ever it is, but what will happen on the bitch is different thing, sabella and argentina will be prepared and are more motivated then any team left, this a lone weights more than data or analysis, this sudden van gaal praise is coming from English media becouse he will coach Man U,mourinho outclassed him, and I remember hector cuper taught him a lesson, his last major success is almost 20 years ago, sabella is underrated but he won't be after we win the cup


dollon
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 10:03 AM
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If we have massi sorry no chanch duach.....

lf we don,t have messi then chanch was 50-50...

because robben and parse are world class..snejder is not world class right now...semifinal is very crusial area here expreance must needed..

we have more world class cxcept messi....

like heguin,agura,msacarano(world best taker) ,jabalata,gray and even demichalis,,,

so l have no douth about it we will comfortable win against naderland at semifinal..so don,t worry guyes be cool,,be smart thinking...be happy....


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 9:52 AM
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richard im just pointing out that taking correct penos doesnt need computers...


hollands records are mostly 70s and we have a lot of draws and that one silly loss in 98 when ayala had a silly moment

as long as argentina avoid that curse THE SILLY MOMENT we shall be fine im not fanboying in saying we look very strong and we have messi STEP UP MESSI

mascharano looks confident his comments about fate are being twisted a little by the media like his scared ,his point was the oppersite we are ready to face anyone game by game

im happy we have strong teams to face winning a wc in a weak way like its been so many times over resent history is NO WIN AT ALL

2006 semis and final WERE A JOKE 2002 was a joke, i want winners to win the world cup


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 9:44 AM
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NWO GOT ARGNTINA INTO A MADE UP FAKE DEBT funny when will the world wake up that this paper scam is a scam the elites control us with argentina cannot be bankrupt in reality its a country awash in oil-gas-gold-silver-minerals-land

comodety is welth not paper YOU WIPE YOUR ASS WITH PAPER, the usa british elite control sysem do this to argentina every decade to keep them down as a global power its truly evil...


the money system is based on debt youcannot creat more money without more debt

gold is the money of kings

silver is the money of gentalmen

debt is the money of a SLAVE


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 9:37 AM
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dutch and germans chase the same loose control shit when you get to them and both fear argentina

belgium overall are level with holland apart from experience


di3z_dion
(Albania)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 9:35 AM
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Psychologically our players will be so much way ahead. I never saw a group spirit like this...

They will be prepared also for another very important reason: Argentina risks going bankrupt. So they will fight to give to the people a gift, which, although will be not much of financial value, will divert people's attention on this unjust NYC court order, which comples Argentina to pay a high debt.

I hate to mention such things, it really hurts me, because I don't want to mix politics with football, but it's the reality. Especially in Argentina politics is much interwiened with football.

So our players will come on the pitch with the knifes in their teeth.


theAbNormalOne
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 9:35 AM
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Never plan according to them.It makes us inferior to them.What if we plan for them and suddenly they change their plan...We are Argentina.Let's play our game,let them plan according to us,let Sabella take the rabbit out of the hat making them lost in the way...Win


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 9:34 AM
0
Luiz n dante at center look very funny for me.... I think germany will win this, 2-1....


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 9:31 AM
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@ Tallman

I just tried to submit some info. Take it or leave it.

I do not own a playstation or any other device like it. The database is owned by an English economics professor.
The data does not help players, but does help keepers (remember Lehmann 2006...)

With regard to fitness: I wrote "seem" and did not write it as a fact.

Sure Sabella knows his way around the block. He has a major advantage over Van Gaal. He was on the bench next to Passarella in 1998. He has the experience. Now make it count!




Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 9:28 AM
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apart from spain every game holland looked like they would crack..im hoping we keep the pases going and first touch of the ball if we stop that loose ball play and players like higuain messi get there touch right we are in a great situation the first time this wc higuain got that right vs belgium


thebighash
(United States)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 9:27 AM
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Guys - all we need against Holland is an early goal. Let's do it again!


maya
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 9:20 AM
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The most important and very crucial thing about Holland is not keeping Robben or Van Persie quiet but the real man is Dirk Kuyt. We should keep him quiet. It's really his non-stop efforts that paid dividends against Mexico even though Sneijder scored the goal and Robben got the penalty but it is really kuyt who kept trying till the end. He seems to be a un-sung hero or may be Holland tactically preventing him from attention.

Mostly kuyt along side Robben operates at right flank so we must be very very careful at that side as Robben will mostly get balls from kuyt. So our team must be very very cautious at the right and unfortunately di Maria is not there as he will run all along the left flanks ( right for Holland where kuyt and robben spend most of the time ) Rojo must be at his best both physically and tactically.


di3z_dion
(Albania)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 9:19 AM
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At Richard: nice points though.

Actually it was Di Maria the main supplier to Messi. Now that he is out, he will have to put the pressure on the whole team, as all, possibilties permitting, will feed the ball to Messi.

Let Van Gaal analyze it, he will have to put pressure on the whole team and we welcome it. By doing this, Dutch will lose focus on what is their main duty, mark our best players.

Sabella knows that very well. This game will be a chess game. But Then I am confident that some rabbit twill come out the hat from our wizards.

I also point out that Sabella must bring in Kun the last 15 minutes. Although I hope that he will score, he being the type of killing blow player, probably this is not much revelant. The revelant part of this is that the Dutch, tired as they may be, will have another psychological blow, by paying attention and marking Kun.

I hope you all have noticed that in the past match, Messi commited 3 faults. As you said, all try to feed him the ball, but in the last match, he not only waited for the ball, but intercepted, got, and protected it. And what I loved most, he pressed the Belgian players, running after the ball.

It shows that King Leo is evolving and this is amazing.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 9:19 AM
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If messi is highly marked others need to step up n use de space provided by that... I think de dfrnc between last game n previous ones are against belgium everyone expressed themselves more than de other games.... Higuain, di maria , lavezzi all... For de short span played di maria had 3 shots or somthing, lavezzi also tried for solo attempts on goal n higuain especially... Even for de goal against switzerland higuain positioned for a one-two wit messi rather than positioning for scoring himself... And we shud convert atleast 80-90% chances from now on... We misd about 80% sure chances against belgium... A 3-0 or 4-0 wud hav humiliated belgium n dog shit wilmots...


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 9:08 AM
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I think we should play 4-3-3 with Perez, Biglia, Basanta and Rojo in the team.

-----------Romero
--Zaba---Garay---Basanta---Rojo
-----Mascherano---Biglia-------
------------Perez--------------
---Higuain----Messi-----Lavezzi


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 9:02 AM
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IM SURE PRO PLAYERS DONT NEED A COMPUTER DATA BASE TO KNOW ERE TO KICK A PENALTY

LOL PLAYSTATION KID

IM SURE PENALTY TAKERS KNOW WERES BEST TO
KICK IT IM SURE MESI NEVER USED A COMPUTER DATABASE FOR THAT

MAYBE THIS DATABASE IS ON VAN GALS TOUCH PAD HE USED AT BARCALONA THAT MADE HIM LOOK LIKE A CLOWN AS HE WON


NOTHING


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 8:56 AM
1
van gal master tactitian SO WHAT IS SABELLA.......

RECORDS WHAT LIKE ARGENTINA HAVE NEVER LOST A SEMI FINAL AT WORLD CUP...

ARGENTINA HAVNT BEEN TO PENALTYS VS LOWLY COSTA RICA

ROBBEN IS NO THREAT HIS PLAY ACTING IS THE THREAT

holland fitter than us NO EVIDENCE OF THAT EXISTS

THEY WENT TO PENOS WE DIDNT IS NOT EVIDENCE OF FITTNESS ITS EVIDENCE THEY COULDNT SCORE VS COSTA RICA

having to go to penaltys is not a sign of greatness its a sign of weakness we need messi to switch on and higuain to continue nothing more or less across the team


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 8:56 AM
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@ Thanks Baker. I just deleted the post and added a few more lines.

Maybe I should ask Roy to publish it as an article?


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 8:55 AM
3
Argentina vs Netherlands

Similarities
• Both teams are hard to beat
• Strong team spirit; “We do it together” mentality
• Use depth of the squad (20 vs 21 players used)
• Both teams are highly motivated. Messi realises this WC might be his only chance to win it. He will be there in 2018 but so many things can happen in between. The Dutch lost the final three times. They had their revenge against Spain (2010) and are looking to do the same to Argentina (1978) and Germany in the final (1974).

Advantages Argentina
• Messi, the best player in the world
• With the crowd behind them, it’s almost like playing at home.
• Higuain finding his form back
• Midfield finally clicked with Biglia and Mascherano together in the centre

Advantages Netherlands
• Track record (4 wins, 3 draws and only one loss)
• Fitness level. The Dutch seem more fit than Argentina and can run for 120 minutes.
• Robben in the best form on his life (and much fitter than Messi).
• Van Gaal

Van Gaal is a master tactician and uses substitutes to change the game successfully (Fer, Depay, Krul). Analysis and logic are his trademarks. He tries two or three different tactics during a game if he is not winning. He sees things differently than other coaches. A few examples:
• The best player should take the throw-in. Once he gets the ball back he has a few meters space to pass or start a dribble.
• Put your technically best players on the star(s) of the opponent as stars usually do not defend. A.k.a. your technically best player has to be marked by someone else opening up space for others. Van Gaal has often played with left and right wingers in left and right back positions.
• Perform a blitzkrieg start. Try to get ahead in the first 10 minutes. Playing from a lead makes things much easier (counter attack). Ajax under Van Gaal won the CL with this approach.

I do not pretend to know better than Sabella, but here are few things he should take into consideration :
• Prevent Sneijder from shooting.
• Keep Robben away from the penalty area. He is walking the fine line between theatrics and smart professionalism.
• Put pressure on Dutch defenders. They are the weakest link.
• Do not sit on 1 goal cushion. A deflection, lucky shot or a header from a corner and we’re looking at extra time.
• Keep the ball in the team in the last 20 minutes because the Dutch won’t give up.
• Avoid penalties. Van Gaal’s staff knows penalties are NOT a lottery. There’s a database with all the penalties taken in all European leagues. Keepers know who is likely to shoot where. Statistics prove that penalties in the inside of the side netting and at least 1 meter above the ground are 98% successfull. Players should think where to hit before they start the walk to the penalty area. Shoot left or right upper corner and stick to that.

Van Gaal knows that Messi is very hard to stop. Therefore he will try to stop distribution to him. The staff will analyse who feeds the ball to him the most and pressure those players.

Hope this info helps.


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 8:48 AM
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Excellent points Richard: Yes even i felt the same , they may try to attack from the minute 1 to make our defense shaky.
But i think we can hold their offense , and yes we should not be in the cushion of 1 goal lead.


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 8:45 AM
0
http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/blog/2014/07/07/brazil-reaped-what-it-had-sown

"I well recall being in the stadium for the final of the 2007 Copa America. Brazil, with an understrength side, pulled off a surprise by beating Argentina 3-0. It was a clinical counter-attacking triumph. But, up against a team with the likes of Riquelme, Veron and a young Lionel Messi, Brazil opened up its tool box and committed around 45 fouls."

Football game is 90 minutes and they scored 45 fouls..... 1 fouls per 2 minutes.


Suharta
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 8:43 AM
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No doubt...No fear...Argentina will win against Netherland in Semi Final and also reach to Final and at last they will be the champion by defeating Germany as well as will take the revenge of 1990 ...


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 8:28 AM
0
@Richard,

I believe that Van Gaal will go for the tactics he used against Spain,a 3-4-1-2 with Robben operating in central position.He must have noticed Belgium's wing play did not worked against us.He will try to unsettle our cbs with Robben's pace.Thankfully we do not use a high defense line like Spainand and our DMs are not slow either.Robben's pace can't do any harm if he is not given the space to run.Keeping a tight defensive line with the help of Biglia and Masche should do the job.

And he may go for an extra CM to stop Messi,But whoever it is Holland's MF and defense is neither that
talented nor that experienced to stop Messi,considering Higuain and Lavezzi also will be there.

I agree with you Dutch playing style but I've notiched that this Holland team is very slow with it's build up play.If we can press them hard,we can hamper their play easily.This match will be decided on which team can show a better defensive performance,both team has good fire power.If I was a neutral,I would trust Garay and
co more than Indi,Vlar,Blind and co.


leonard
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 8:25 AM
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the problem for sabella in this match is choosing the correct attacking combination more so than the defense i think.


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 8:16 AM
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I think we will start with 4-3-3 as usual as perez in dimarias position , and in later stage we can go for 5-3-2 by adding basanta to tight our wings.




haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 8:05 AM
0
Here comes the heavy task on the Fullbacks, I'd rather stick with Basanta fro this match, since he is way better defensively then Rojo, and keep it the defensive line similar to the previous match, to have the ability to stop Robben.

Bigliga in the midfield alongside Masche and Perez would enhance the agility of the midfield. Sabella should stick with the same formation and use Ricky as key player to boost the attack in the 2nd half.

It's better to get the job done in 90 min's, otherwise it'd be in the Dutch's favor as the minutes pass by.

Vamos Argentina.


Mikail
(Malaysia)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 8:05 AM
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Sorry I meant to write
This Netherland team are not unbeatable.


di3z_dion
(Albania)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 8:05 AM
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Hilarious cartoon on Gonzalo: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=696308167072269&set=a.158253070877784.24893.158251577544600&type=1&theater


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 7:54 AM
1
@ Mafioso
Agreed, just trying to make a point of the style that does not sit well with Argentina. Ajax played the total football tactic in the early seventies (Cruyff era) just like the national team did.

At least that is what I learned.


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 7:44 AM
0
@Richard,

I would not blame Estudiantes or Independiante if they failed to cope with Ajax of seventies.


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 7:39 AM
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Enzo Pérez has been named as Portugal's player of the season, with treble-winning SL Benfica colleagues Jan Oblak and Jorge Jesus also feted at the awards ceremony


http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/association=por/news/newsid=2122109.html?rss=2122109+Enzo+P%C3%A9rez+acclaimed+as+Portugal%27s+finest


leonard
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 7:37 AM
0
think we should go with the following line up.

Romero
Zabaleta---Demichelis---Garay---Basanta
Bigila---Masherano---rojo
Lavezzi---Messi---Higuain

we should use both rojo and basanta because messi always prefers a natural left winger.

though enzo defended well having him will make our attack unbalanced.


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 7:30 AM
0
@ Aslam
The stats speak clearly in the Netherlands favour, but as Kid pointed out only one of those eight games was played in South America. The second is Wednesday.

The Dutch playing style of dynamic player positioning (smart runs to create passing possibilities) and tactics does generally not sit well with Argentina. It was the same on club level in the seventies where Independiente and Estudiantes could not cope with Ajax and Feyenoord.

I will post a larger piece shortly.


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 7:27 AM
0
i can see holland loosing it vs argentina we need to encurage this...

lavezzi-messi-higuain need to be sharp ....higuain is looking very dangerous and his wide play and workrate are great

his no box 9 his a striker not a center forward he needs to move and dribble lavezzi has been great but needs to ether shoot or produce final balls...


messi now is the time to pick it up and run at them ,enzo play the triangles on the wing cross ad shoot also go central and switch wide attacks with zabaleta

cannot wait for wensday


la bendita
(Uganda)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 7:25 AM
3
Great character shown by the whole team thus far, if this is not a representation of a winning team, i don't know what is, a calm coach, sportsmanlike play and players that have come in to give a good account of themselves.

The manner in which El pipita took his goal was one of an in form striker, his all round play was mesmerising and hypnotizing (hypnotised Sabella with his near goal effort)at times. Messi was much involved in the goal, disposessing Kompany and making that 360 turn before passing to di maria. We'll miss di maria and his 3 lungs but everyone plugged in will thrill ...Enzo/Ricky/Lavezzi.

Id never seen our defensive line this organised, made me confident we can beat anyone. Demichelis is good with organising the line and playing out good passes from the back. If you watched the NedVCostaR game you noticed how the trap caught their forwards a record number of times. This means we'll need Demi yet again.

I must say after the Belgium game, am not scared of anyone, be it Germany, Brazil or the dutch, what makes the dutch half descent is their tactician and Robber. Shut Robber out and the dutch are no where. I wouldn't be suprised if LVG deployed the same tactics as he did against Spain. Their weakest point is their midfield.

I must credit Sabella for being a flexible coach and calling the right changes at the right time. Introducing Biglia and Demi was an indicator of how tactically astute this coach is. There was a moment too near the end of the game when the substitutes on the bench were anxiously getting up to go near the touchline and he calmed them down, what a coach.

I hope we can finish them off in regulation time, not ready for penalty drama with that tim krul taunting our players with hhis mind games (infuriated me with his antics against the costa ricans).

At this stage, it'd have to take something extraordinary for us not to make the final. I hope Higuain can add to his tally and Kun open his account......I cant wait for them to score and celebrate with the "falling Sabella" celebration....

Vamos Albiceleste.



Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 7:21 AM
0
Holland is not unbeatable. Robben had to dive to pass through to quarter finals. Then holland struggled against costa rica


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 7:13 AM
2
REALITY CHECK:

Argentina has inferior status against very few teams and Netherlands is one of them.

As per FIFA, status of Argentina Vs Netherlands:

Match played: 8, Netherlands won 4, draw 3 and Argentina won just 1...!
Netherlands scored 13 goals. Argentina scored just 6 goals..!

In the first 2 matches Netherlands won 4-1 and 4-0. Third match we won that was at the 78 WC FINAL we know the score, it was 3-1 in extra time. 4th match was 0-0 but we won on PENALTIES. All these matches played at 70's when dutch was playing TOTAL FOOTBALL.

Since then we played 4 matches, we could not win any...drawn 2 and lost 2...the matches were very tight:
Jul 1998 1-2 -> FIFA World Cup (We know how they won)
Mar 1999 1-1
Feb 2003 0-1
Jun 2006 0-0 -> FIFA World Cup

Argentina is breaking many records in this WC and we can defeat this Netherlands and continue with that. Argentina had to defeat 4 European teams to win the title in 1978 and 1986. This time we already defeated 3 and 4th is waiting. May be history is repeating..!


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 7:07 AM
1
only sabella would call up basanta , i love this about sabella he builds teams based on team play and there actual effect on result we have so many work horses and ball winners

if we had a mager injurie cryses sabella would build a brick wall of 4-4 and play two world class forwards and win every game 1 nil ..

messi has played in the hole for argentina a lot he needs to grab holed of responsabillity and take charge

i see higuain and messi scoring vs holland

rojo on left lavezi on right could work but i think its enzo again and allow lavezzi messi higuain to play up front

i dont mind ether basanta or rojo


argentinista
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 7:07 AM
0
Dimichelis was awesome against Belgium & pairing him wih Pablo will always work. Agree about Alvarez - he will take his chance! Finally, we ned a VERY strong ref to control the antics of Robben. The rest is down to Masche, Gonzalo, and El Dio Messi. Vamos Argentina, vamos muchachos a ganar!!


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 6:44 AM
0
agree. alvarez had a lot of assists in serie a before xmas (12) before the stupid coach switched him to the LW


Mikail
(Malaysia)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 6:18 AM
3
This Netherland team are unbeatable. They have a lot of talents and firepowers upfront but they are bit soft in the centre and at the back. Plus if they play 3-5-2 formation the width is solely provided by the wing backs, we need to be careful with Kuyt and Blind. Robben plays in dual roles which right forward and also support striker to Van Persie.

In my opinion, we should be playing our normal game and press their centre and wingbacks from supporting the forwards. With MAscherano and Biglia pairing in the centre we have more or less secured the centre so, we need to pin back their wing backs from making the runs forward and also pressurize their defense into submission.

This is why I believe Alvarez is very important for us. With Lavezzi on the other side of the wing, Alvarez ability to make vertical/diagonal runs and link up play mean the dutch wing backs will have their hands full to cover the wings thus making the job to contain the front 3 of Van Persie, Robben and Sneidjer doable by our back 4. This will leave more space for Messi to work his magic in the centre of the field and to provide through balsl and forward thrust in the final third.

Out of respect to Perez, he is a good dribbler but he lacks the attacking instinct and creativity of Alvarez.


pa
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 6:03 AM
0
Who is the referee for this match. I m tensed about robben, he will going to dive atleast 5 or 6 times and mostly in box so we need to be careful by not allowing him to take advantage and Rojo should not allow him to dribble, he should mark him


Suresh
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 6:02 AM
0
Sabella should bring aguero in second half for lavezzi and I prefer ricky to start in place of dimaria.

Vamos Argentina



Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 5:57 AM
1
I am really pleased to see the effort put on by admins, members to keep us updated every moment, fabulous posts, stats, info, really! As an Argentina fan I can't ask any more from Mundo, kudos to you guys.


di3z_dion
(Albania)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 5:51 AM
0
Just watch out Robben. Rojo must stick on his back, the only one to match his speed.

This is the reason why Rojo must start. And guys, watch out Robben for another reason: Although he's an outstanding player, he's a clown. He will dive 19 times in our area to get a penallty shot.

Otherwise I am pretty confident that our team can make it.


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 5:46 AM
0
i just "dont" want to see we concede and trailing back , so far in the WC it didn't happened ,and it shouldn't happen in SF too.



Istiaque
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 5:32 AM
0
don't jinx it man..we don't need to go behind


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 5:09 AM
0
Control the tempo of the game , make them tired and hit on the counter.

i just want to see we concede and trailing back , so far in the WC it didn't happened ,and it shouldn't happen in SF too.


Pino
(United States)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 2:35 AM
0
I could be wrong, but I think Enzo, Biglia, Lavezzi, Demichellis, Rojo, and the rest of the starters.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 2:34 AM
1
First time in de history of world cup both argentina n brazil together in last 4.....!!!!

First loss for belgium with courtis on goal.....!!!!


Caniggia
(Hong Kong)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 2:33 AM
3
My rant below on ESPN after seeing some random blog reduce Sabella's involvement in the Belgium game to merely "subbing" in Biglia and Demechelis....

PS - I normally prefer to read and contribute to this site, but after seeing a whole bunch of posts where fans are telling each other to leave, be abusive or accuse them of not being a "true" fan, etc etc... is really turning this great fan page into a place I no longer would like to visit. For the sake of MundoAlbiceleste, if you don't like a post - just ignore it or agree to disagree.

***************
Personally, I'm quite happy Sabella's work goes largely unnoticed by the media in Europe. He has done much more than merely swap out players for this game and has transformed an attack focused team with a shaky defense into a solid, gritty unified group that knows how to win. It has been deceiving for most viewers on Argentina's performances during the world cup as until Belgium (we'll get to this later) they have been played 3 teams with 10 players camped in their own half. Added with injury/fitness/confidence issues to their key players that make up the fab4 (aside from Messi) the games have not looked pretty. If you followed Argentina through the qualifiers, you will know that Sabella used different tactics against different opponents and have made this Argentine side resilient to all styles of opposing play and least of all he is the first Argentine coach that has been able to bring out the best in Messi on the world stage. This is the same coach who took a mediocre "Estudiantes" soccer club from Argentina and played Barcelona (at their Pep Guardiola peak) to extra time in the world club cup final. Ironically, it was Messi who finally scored the winner.

Despite the bus parking nations they have faced, Argentina have yet to go to penalties. Getting back to the Belgium game - although it was a 1:0 result, the domination of the game and the performance was the real measure of the team. Despite the Belgium forwards averaging 1.86-1.9m in height, they were restricted to 2-3 headers on goal and were caught off-side over 12 times. Like the article above says, the score line could easily have been 2:0 or 3:0, but for most people - this game will be seen as a marginal 1:0 win with an ineffective performance by the "lethal" strikeforce of Argentina.


Pino
(United States)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 2:32 AM
0
Lavezzi is also starting.

FF has been making too many mistakes, that's why he is not starting any more.
And Gago, you know.

Enzo gets the nod, he played great against Belgium, plus he is perfect in the 4-4-2 defensive duties with Lavezzi, Biglia, and Macherano.

Aguero started only because of his name, his game is totally different from Lavezzi and Palacio or Enzo. Aguero plays CFS, just like Higuain, perfect sub for Higuain. Aguero lacks a lot when he plays LW or RW, he does not have or bring that natural wing player mentally that covers the flanks, and double team the trap like Lavezzi and Palacio. Aguero is a WC striker, that's it, not a WC RW or LW.

Alvarez does play RW and LW, but his strong moves are when he makes his diagonal dribbles, but that cuts Messi game, plus we don't want Alvarez to think his Messi against Holland in a Semi Final game, LOL.


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 2:25 AM
0
@ Pino, the reason for some who want Alvarez to start is that they probably want someone who could help Messi upfront. With Di Maria absent almost the whole link between the midfield and attack goes to Messi. Not sure one player who is heavily marked is enough for the attack.

I don't think that Sabella will start Ricky though.


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 2:23 AM
0
Biglia was always rated highly in the Mundo


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 2:13 AM
0

Pradi,

im happy at last people are realizing that biglia had to start...
i have been telling u all that gago was a defense liability...


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 2:11 AM
0

Pino,
i dont know why...

i have been telling people that demis and biglia had to start, that gago does not defend, and that enzo must start too, but so many in this forum would not listen..

thanks sabella is the coach....


Istiaque
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 2:10 AM
0
It's not good to mess with the defense pairing in every other match! I say we keep the CB pairing and start Rojo in LB...his pace will be needed against Roben


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 2:08 AM
0
Brazil is appealing for Silvas suspension...? seriously


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 1:54 AM
1
Itz a shame we didnt start biglia in early games.... He is everywhere.... Exceptional movement, ticking de ball around quickly, pressing well, sliding into tackles, aerially better, providing attacking outlet in counters................ Also he suffered double de fouls gago had in all 4 games in a single game, which clearly says he is doing something more in de pitch...


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 1:48 AM
2
I don't know, just a feeling that Lavezzi will score on Wednesday.


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 1:19 AM
1
Fun in camp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZTwlGPXsyE&feature=youtu.be​​


Pino
(United States)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 1:05 AM
0
Enzo is starting with Biglia, Rojo and Demichellis.

Why does some people here want Alverez to start? Please explain?


theAbNormalOne
(India)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 1:03 AM
1
My 2 cents:
* Mascherano has evolved.No card in 5 games.That includes 2 high intensity matches like Switzerland and Belgium.He won a lot of tackles,made a lot of interceptions...I always expects atleast a yellow for Mascherano in all matches,more accurately till Belgium game...Now I'm confident.
** Biglia is a Xabi kind of player.The exact taste of Mascherano.Hard working,defensively sound,intelligent positioning,good deep laying playmaker. Above all he don't have to worry about Biglia's defending.It gives Mascherano the freedom to mark someone out of the play effectively without any real concern about CDM position.


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 1:03 AM
0
maybe Basanta at CB and Rojo LB? with Lavezzi infront of Rojo and Biglia infront of Basanta? 442
Romero
Zaba Garay Basanta Rojo
Enzo Mascherano Biglia LAvezzi
MEssi Higuain


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 12:51 AM
0
WOuld love to see the start XI asf :

Romero;
Zabaleta, Garay, Basanta, Rojo
Gago, Masherano, Ricky;
Messi,
Higuain;Kun Aguero


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 7/7/2014 at 12:47 AM
0
Its hard not to start Rojo especially with is speed against the Dutch...Rojo deserves to start, he's one our star player at this world cup..Cant have both of our quickest players in Di Maria and Rojo missing the Holland game..With Di Maria out, Rojo definitely has to start.


theAbNormalOne
(India)
Posted on 7/6/2014 at 11:44 PM
1
Look in to the eyes of Basanta...It will burn you...The only scary defender Argentina produced after Ayala...Play Basanta at LB and Rojo at LM.If somehow Robben escapes Rojo he won't go any further...Strongly instruct Basanta to look at Robben's eyes.He won't play-act...He will be scared to death....


Khan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/6/2014 at 11:43 PM
1
I bet Sabella will go with:
...
Romero;
Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Basanta;
Bigila, Masherano, Enzo;
Higuain, Messi, Lavezzi;
---


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 7/6/2014 at 11:41 PM
0
Its funny how a lot of guys here didn't like Basanta because he did not play club football on the magical continent of Europe...

I like the fact that Argentina game will be playing at Arena Corinthians, the stadium is build for crazy atmosphere and with Argentina huge following at this world cup, the players will have thousands of supporters behind them. The stadium holds over 60,000 fans..

I don't know if you guys notice but the fans in Brazil have been amazing thus far..I give them a 10/10..


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 7/6/2014 at 11:17 PM
0
I feel sab is going for a counter attacking set up with a 4-3-3.... May be an enzo-masche-biglia/augusto mid with messi-higuain-lav/pal..... I feel... May be we are on to a game f counters....


Faisal
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/6/2014 at 11:02 PM
0
Argentina is the only team who's improving match by match.


My prediction for team line up against The Netherlands


Formation: 4-1-2-1-2

------------------------ Romero ----------------------

Zabaletta -------- Garay -------- Basanta ------- Rojo


---------------------- Mascherano -------------------

------- Ricky Alvarez ---------------- Biglia -------

---------------------- L. Messi ---------------------

------- G.Higuain -------------------- Levezzi -------


Caniggia
(Hong Kong)
Posted on 7/6/2014 at 10:33 PM
0
Guys, I wouldn't be surprised to see FFERNANDEZ back for the Netherlands game. I don't think we can play offside trap against them. If we are caught, neither Garay or Demechelis can catch him and they also have sneijder passing the through balls. Most likely, they will start 532 and go 433 if they don't get the goal early on.

Lavezzi, Mascherano or Biglia will be keeping tabs of Robben and Sneijder, but I'm sure Sabella will find a way to cut his supply of the ball.


thebighash
(United States)
Posted on 7/6/2014 at 10:28 PM
0
Good stuff :)


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/6/2014 at 10:19 PM
0
I like Basanta and so glad Sabella called him up before the Mexicans.

Very happy squad is excellent news.

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