A new look Argentina, maybe, for the remaining WC qualifiers.
Maradona presented this afternoon the call up list of European based players for the final two WC qualifiers.
GK – Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar)
GK – Mariano Andújar (Catania)
D – Emiliano Insúa (Liverpool)
D – Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United)
D – Gabriel Heinze (Olympique Marseille)
D – Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)
D – Nicolás Pareja (Deportivo Español)
M – Javier Mascherano (Liverpool)
M – Luis González (Olympique Marseille)
M – Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United)
M – Angel Di María (Benfica)
M – Pablo Aimar (Benfica)
F – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
F – Sergio Agüero (Atlético de Madrid)
F – Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)
F – Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid)
F – Diego Milito (Inter Milan)
F – Ezequiel Lavezzi (Nápoli)
The final call up list of European based players and Mardona dropped the ax on Zanetti, Maxi, Gago, Carrizo, Burdisso.
But Heinze, Tevez and Aguero remain on the national team.
Obviously, it just does not matter to Maradona how poorly these players have played, how undeserving they are of a spot on the national team. Maradona will continue to call them up and include them in the lineup, no matter how, no matter what.
It’s pointless to even make any more arguments against them.
Another Maradona favorite Jonas Gutierrez is back. Unfortunately, he’s recovered from his injury.
As far as GK, Maradona does not call up Pablo Carrizo after telling the player over and over that as long as he played with his club team he would be Argentina’s GK. Instead Maradona chooses an untested and unproven GK like Sergio Romero for the remaining must win WC qualifiers.
Zabaleta might get a chance to play in the right back position. Pareja will likely have to battle it out with Otamendi and Schiavi for one of the center back spots. Heinze, of course, is unmovable from the lineup. Emiliano Insua might get a chance to play in the left back spot.
All in all, I think the backline will continue to be a problem. Maradona refuses to call up center backs like Gonzalo Rodriguez, Ezequiel Garay and Federico Fazio. These players would help Argentina’s defense but Maradona prefers to go with mediocre players instead.
And what happened with Demichelis? Apparently all the rumors about his call up, were just that.
The midfield will get a new look. A very offensive minded middle if Maradona goes with Lucho Gonzalez, Aimar and Di Maria. That remains to be seen.
In the central midfield with Gago sent packing, it is Mascherano for now but Maradona could call up Bolatti, Mendez, and possibly Cubero from the domestic league. Argentina is loaded in that position. There’s even Ever Banega, though he wasn’t called up.
Upfront, other than the expected Higuain call up, it is the same ole players. Messi, Tevez, Aguero, Milito, and Lavezzi.