The starting lineup has not been confirmed yet but unless there is a last minute surprise the starting eleven today should be the same one that was seen during this week’s training sessions.
GK – Sergio Romero
D – Martin Demichelis
D – Walter Samuel
D – Gabriel Heinze
M – Jonas Gutierrez
M – Javier Mascherano
M – Juan Sebastian Veron
M – Angel Di Maria
F – Lionel Messi
F – Gonzalo Higuain
F – Carlos Tevez
There are questions about Argentina heading into the World Cup opener:
Will a three man backline with Jonas moving in and out of the right-back position work against a team like Nigeria that can launch fast, counterattacks?
How effective will Veron be in the midfield?
Will Veron’s fitness be a big issue?
How well will the attacking trio of Messi, Higuain and Tevez perform?
Will they be able to link up successfully and contribute to the good play buildup?
How will Maradona perform as manager in the World Cup?
I still believe that as Messi goes, so will Argentina.
Veron, Di Maria, Tevez and Higuain will need to provide the support that Messi needs in order for him to be the big threat that he is in the last third of the field.
Argentina has an advantage that no other team in the world cup has.
We have the best player in the world that can win games with a great run, with a great goal at any moment.
Argentina must exploit the great advantage it has.
The team in this year’s world cup must revolve around Messi.
If Argentina can provide the midfield support that Messi needs and if the other forwards can link up with Messi so that Messi is well positioned to make his electric runs and to take threatening shots on goal, then Argentina will have the ability to go very far in this world cup.
Messi cannot do it all by himself.
Argentina has a team that can be built around Messi.
Argentina has the talent to bring out the best in Messi.
Argentina can have a great world cup.
VAMOS ARGENTINA CARAJO!!!!!!!!