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Epic as in "holy @*%& I can't wait to see this game!!"
[And if Argentina has made the final of the World Cup, then unless they got real lucky, it would probably mean that they've figured out some of their defensive issues and have put together a world class side. So the mere fact that they are in the final in that scenario will solve any of the other issues you raise, thus raising the prospect of an epic game.]
They should play Zabaleta, Mascherano and 8 five foot five inch strikers.
I'll allow this, only if one of your eight strikers is present-day Diego Maradona.
Higuain is pretty tall. Its not even just a defensive problem though. Their midfield has been under-performing. They need better service to the strikers. Messi keeps having to drop back and then make 40 yard sprints to the goal. That won't work against the big boys. Box to box midfielders are so important.
I'd add that central dmids are really important. Quality matters but you have to play guys who will embrace their defensive role. Ask Germany.
In that case, all else equal, Argentina-Brazil would absolutely be the most "epic" possible final. Can't think of many potential sporting events Id prefer to be at in person in the next few years than an Argentina-Brazil World Cup final in Brazil
isn't that banega kid developing for argentina? i recall hearing about him as a rising star the last few years as a box to box type player.....and how about pastore? i know he's attack minded, but he plays centrally.
i can vaguely remember thinking that a 3 man midfield of banega/mascherano/pastore with messi and some combo of aguero/higuain/di maria up front would be fairly epic.
Yeah, no question. Just making the point that trying to play with two box to box guys and no dmids doesn't work against the big boys either. See Germany EURO 2012.
Travesty that Moutinho is a starter and di Rossi (sub) and Marchisio (other impressive performers) are not.
Also, I'd have given the nod at #9 to Balotelli, Gomez or Ibra over Cesc who was very good but wasn't in the line up for a few games.
ZM's team of Euro 2012... Iker Casillas, Spain This wasn't a tournament of particularly fine individual goalkeeping displays, but the best two goalkeeper...
This post was edited by shinyman 21 months ago
I think it is stupid that everyone has picked Casillas in their team of the tournament when he barely had a save to make. And ZM's back-up Buffon was shaky throughout the tournament, punching balls into crowded areas and giving up rebounds frequently.
I thought Iker made some nice saves in the first half of the final. He also made some against some against Italy in the group stage. I like that pick. I agree on Buffon. He was shaky.
it should have been stephan andersen
OK, someone start the soccer draft now!
(but not starting it)
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