Starting lineup against Germany

Maradona has not confirmed the starting eleven for tomorrow’s big quarterfinals matchup against Germany but according to Argentine media reports and from what was seen in yesterday’s training session, the starting lineup against Germany will be:

GK – Romero
D – Otamendi
D – Demichelis
D – Burdisso
D – Heinze
M – Maxi Rodriguez
M – Mascherano
M – Di Maria
F – Tevez
F – Messi
F – Higuain

I don’t like it.

Once again, Argentina will not have a strong play build up.

Once again, Messi will be isolated and will struggle to find someone to link up with.

Once again, Argentina will waste having the best player in the world.

Once again, Argentina will rely on its goal scoring power instead of its collective play and creativity from its play build up.

It worked against Mexico but I don’t think I need to explain that Germany is not the same as Mexico.

Basically, Maradona is betting on a defensively strong, counter-attacking strategy that will rely on the forwards making a great individual play, depend on a great goal by the forwards.

Pastore was right to say that the way to beat the Germans is “jugando a la pelota”. By playing football, the Argentina way.

Too bad Maradona was not listening.

15 Responses to Starting lineup against Germany

  1. Chris says:

    I dont like it either..

    Big Disapointment seeing Demi in the line up again..sorry to say, but he’s been aweful !
    i dont see how Diego can say Demi is in top form right now.. im assuming he says it para dar le aliento, but lets get real.. he’s been the main reason for the goals against us in this WC.
    Burdisso and Samuel all the way for me..

    Hopefully he lets Pastore Step in at the beginning of the 2nd half tomorrow instead of the last 10 minutes..
    I dont like the way Maxi has been playing, he does not link up well with Messi.
    hopefully Messi blows up tomorrow !!!

  2. pintadoazulblanco says:

    Demichelis has,clearly, been the worst player in the backline in the WC, he’s become a liability, really.

    Maradona is full of it to say that Demichelis is in top form.

    Maradona lo esta bancando.

    Maradona is just giving Demichelis his support.

    According to all the reports I read, Samuel is 100% fit.

    Samuel should not have lost his place in the starting lineup because of a brief injury.

    Maxi should not be in the lineup, like you said Chris, he cannot link up well with Messi.

    Messi will not blow up tomorrow.

    The conditions & support are not there for him.

    It’s a real shame that Messi is being wasted in this WC.

    It’s a shame that a player as talented as Pastore is being kept on the bench.

    And it is a shame that Argentina will not have the strongest possible team on the field tomorrow.

  3. Chris says:

    A bit off the subject, and I apologise to everyone for bringin other news to Ron’s blog, but……..



  4. pintadoazulblanco says:

    8 minutes left….


  5. Chris says:

    YOu dont even understand how happy this makes me !!

    im sure for all of us !

  6. pintadoazulblanco says:

    Dunga might as well stay in South Africa.

    I don’t think he’ll be able to return to Brasil.


  7. pintadoazulblanco says:


    Que Amargado se te ve……..

  8. Chris says:


    I think its the end of the Road for Dunga after this.

  9. pintadoazulblanco says:


    Un minuto de silencio para Brasil, que esta de luto..


  10. Chris says:


  11. Dave Messi says:

    maradona es mas grande,
    es mas de pele!!!!

    come on argentina!! come on holland!!!
    i actualy liked this line up.. maybe that’s just me 😉

    best of luck tomorrow against the cheats

  12. king aguero says:

    thank god

    brazil is gone. the propaganda and anti futbol is over. que pele vuelva al museo

    we will win tomorrow. i have no doubt. this world cup is ours.

    argentina 4 uruguay 2

    pay back for 1930

  13. ArgenPool says:

    Massive game. Huge. Cant wait for this. I am not concerned about any of the remaining teams, including Spain and the Dutch, but Germany will be difficult.

    Any ideas if we are wearing our first or second choice shirt today?

  14. pintadoazulblanco says:

    Home shirt will be worn today.

  15. ArgenPool says:

    Brilliant, thankyou.

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