I just got done watching the game.
Argentina continues to be a team without football, without ideas, without collective play.
How many shots on goal did Argentina have?
How many times did Di Maria touch the ball?
How many times did Higuain receive a pass?
Poor Messi. I can only imagine how frustrating it must be for him.
It’s the same old story.
There is no one in the midfield or anywhere else on the team that can deliver quality balls to him. Messi has no choice but to drop back to the midfield to have contact with the ball. And when he makes his runs it is from far away and he is of course stopped by the opposing team.
Messi will not shine in the world cup.
And it will not be his fault.
Messi is not surrounded by players that can deliver the ball to him consistently.
Messi plays in a system that prevents him from having frequent contact with the ball and when he does make contact it is because he moves out of position, to the midfield, far away from goal.
Messi cannot function in such a system and cannot play great if no one provide balls to him and effectively link up with him.
Messi is surrounded by players but is all alone on the field.
Veron showed again today that the role of playmaker is too big for him.
Veron cannot effectively lead Argentina’s attack.
Demichelis and Heinze did not have a good game. Both struggled with their marking. Heinze made bad clearances, made bad passes and did not make good attacking runs.
Samuel was solid. The best defender in the backline.
Otamendi was not tested for a long stretch of the game so it is difficult to gauge his performance.
The worst part of it all, is that today’s lineup could very well be the starting lineup in the world cup.
Argentina is in trouble.
The world cup is almost here and the team continues to show very little improvement. The same problems, the same weaknesses are still there, clear to see.
Argentina is still a team without fullbacks that can make attacking runs.
Argentina is still a team with no play buildup in the midfield.
Argentina is sill a team without a playmaker leading the attack.
Argentina has the best player in the world but it has still not figured out how to bring out the best in him.
It has still not figured out which are the right players to surround him with.
It has still not figured out that he does not create plays, he finishes plays.
It has still not figured out that he makes the difference and wins games by being positioned out on the right, making his runs in the opponents end of the field not away from there.
The best player in the world is irrelevant with the Argentina shirt because he is made irrelevant by the team put together by his manager.
Never in my life have I dreaded seeing Argentina play in a world cup.