JAPAN 1-0 ARGENTINA. The past is still here…
Another defeat. And the same old reasons.
Since 2006, we’re not able to make the first defensive line defend correctly. It’s incredible to see this at the highest level. A couple of years ago, Riquelme didn’t want to defend and was killing the balance of the team. Now, it is Messi and Tevez who are not doing their defensive duties. If you disagree, ask coach Mourinho if the defensive work from Eto’o and Pandev was essential or not last year with Inter. Maradona, the dictator, failed to make his team defend as a unit, with 8+ players (which cost us WC 2010 because we were excellent against Nigeria with the 4-4-1-1 system). So why would Batista succeed in this area? The game against Japan reminded me of the Olympics and the game lost against Germany in South Africa.
After catching the game at the 20th minute, it was obvious that we weren’t defending correctly, always because of the same old causes. When Japan could pass through the Higuain-Tevez-Messi line, they could then be free to make our 7 argentinos left run. Our slow central defence was then exposed. Against organized teams, we are always in danger once leaded.
Then, very early in the game and only losing 0-1, it was like we were suddenly in an urgent situation to score gols (like VS the Germans). We were not able to control the tempo of the game, keep the ball and calm things down, like it has always been the case under Batista (Olympics, even with Roman).
Tactically, we started with the 4-3-3 with D’Alessandro out of position, lost on the field. After one hour, we used 4-3-1-2 with Bolatti and D’Ale on the sides of the diamond (?!), and Pastore as the enganche with whom Tevez didn’t want to play with (?!) and you can check. In the last 10 minutes, we were using a sort of 3-5-2 (or 3-7-0) with Heinze staying on his left flank and Micho forced to cover the center and right side of the defence at the same time.
Everything went wrong in this game. From the players (Romero not boxing the ball properly), to AFA (3 players injured, not surprising when you travel by plane all the time).
Some of you will say I’m a bit severe but it’s so frustrating to see my beloved Albiceleste losing because of the same reasons, whoever the coach is, since 2006. Again and again.
Honestly, I don’t even care about the result because it’s only a friendly. What imports most is what we see on the field.
Thanks for the show, Humberto Grondona, the mafioso.
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