A real, sincere congratulations to this Argentina team. Prior to the tournament, we all thought ROMERO would let in goals left and right, ROJO would be a disaster and that we would need to outscore our opponents 5-4 to win matches. But how wrong were we.
The loss hurts, I won't lie. But in a way, I thought it would hurt more. I'm extremely proud of this team, it's difficult to ask more. I haven't seen this never say die attitude from our players since 1990. We went 120 minutes against Switzerland, 120 minutes against Netherlands and 120 minutes against Germany. All while Germany played 45 minutes against Brazil and had an extra day off.
Despite all of that, we still had chances to win it. Gonzalo HIGUAIN and Rodrigo PALACIO missed the easiest chances any player can get at a final of a World Cup.
Congratulations are in order for Germany. A team or rather a federation, that has been building towards this since 2000.
I couldn't have asked more from any of our defenders, midfielders or MESSI. ROMERO played like he was steroids the whole tournament. GARAY played like a veteran, ROJO was arguably the best left back in the tournament, ZABALETA was a warrior and DEMICHELIS was a pleasant surprise.
BIGLIA took over from GAGO and played well, while PEREZ had a very good tournament considering he hadn't played with the team before and his first real match was against Belgium.
MASCHERANO, well, he's MASCHERANO. Absolutely adore him. Gave it 300% every match. Played out of his mind.
MESSI gave it his all, literally everything. But when HIGUAIN, PALACIO and AGUERO didn't show up, he was playing alone all tournament long. And with DI MARIA out injured, it only made it more difficult. He's slowly growing into that playmaking role and I think that's where he will ultimately end up playing for Argentina.
This is a great team and we have to keep building towards the Copa America next year. MUSACCHIO, FAZIO, LAMELA, ITURBE and ICARDI are a few players who can probably make the team next year. If not for the Copa America, likely for the next World Cup.
I'd love for SABELLA to stay, but that looks unlikely. MESSI has already stated he would like for him to keep being the coach and I think with him staying, this team can only get better.
The future isn't all doom and gloom.