Never in my life as an Argentina fan have I seen a national team like the current one. Regardless of the players called up and their merit or lack of in being in the starting lineup, I have never seen an entire Argentina team play with so little heart, with so little pride, with so little soul, with so little dignity, with so little personality, with so little inner strength.
Last night’s latest debacle only confirms, for once and for all, that the Argentina players that have been calledup by Maradona have thrown in the towel.
A team can struggle with their football form but to represent the Argentina shirt as Maradona’s players have is simply a disgrace.
Argentina is a team without football, without ideas, without any collective play. Argentina is not a team. Argentina is eleven individuals on the field.
Maradona has not been able to put together a team that can function. Maradona has not been able to give the team a football identity. Maradona has not been able to order the team tactically.
Maradona has not called up the best available players.
Maradona has left, the best of those called up, on the bench.
Maradona continues to use the same players that are playing poorly.
Maradona continues to make the wrong substitutions.
Maradona has not been able to get through to the players.
Maradona is completely lost and without any idea on how to manage.
Maradona was not qualified to be the national team manager. Maradona was not prepared to be the national team manager.
Maradona is OVERWHELMED as national team manager.
All one needs to do is look at the job that Dunga, Bielsa, and Martino have done with their national teams. They just like Maradona, do not get to work with their players until a week before the WC qualifiers.
The difference between them and Maradona?
They are qualified, well prepared, knowledgeable, experienced managers.
Maradona is a former player (yes, one of the greatest) who has only brought charisma and motivational skills to the national team manager position. He’s run out of both things very quickly. Maradona has nothing else to offer as a manager.
Argentina is in the midst of a football catastrophe.
The person most responsible for the situation at hand?
Everything that goes on in Argentine football begins and ends with him.
Argentine football is going to pay dearly for the mess that Grondona created by hiring Maradona as the national team manager.