FIFA World Cup: How and why Argentina are failing | Football News
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STRATEGY AND TACTICS
Jorge Sampaoli prefers lining up his groups in a again three which clearly doesn’t swimsuit the defenders of this Argentina facet who aren’t very fast. After the pleasant loss to Nigeria final November and Lionel Messi reportedly telling the coach that Three-Four-Three formation will get him simply crowded, Sampaoli appeared to have selected a back-four coverage. He did that in opposition to Iceland however reverted to Three-Four-Three in opposition to Croatia in all probability to press larger up the pitch and disrupt Croatia’s midfield. Nonetheless, the gamers didn’t appear comfy of their roles and place and thereby misplaced possession and form typically.
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There’s lack of readability as Sampaoli has used three totally different formations in final 5 matches. The overdependence on Messi can be evident. Questions have additionally been raised over the choice to take off Sergio Aguero in opposition to Croatia after they wanted thrust upfront and his lack of ability to make finest use of the gamers like Paulo Dybala, Ever Banega and likewise Angel di Maria.
There’s all the time immense strain on Messi and that simply compounded after the penalty-kick miss in opposition to Iceland. He took the sector on Thursday trying forlorn and there wasn’t a lot he might produce to make issues higher. He was not concerned within the proceedings as he normally is and, together with Sergio Aguero, had been the 2 gamers with the least variety of touches within the first half. He got here shut on a few events however was, in any other case, expectedly closely marked each time he had the ball. Because the chief of the facet, he couldn’t infuse a lot confidence within the gamers.
KEEPING AND DEFENSIVE FRAILTIES
Even leaving apart the blunder that led to the primary aim, Wilfredo Caballero will not be somebody who provides a way of assurance when guarding the citadel. He’s tentative and all talks of him being good with the toes led to his undoing. It was an enormous blow for Argentina to lose Sergio Romero by means of damage simply earlier than the match and so they clearly don’t have an honest back-up. The backline is as weak. It was not significantly better 4 years in the past, however Alejandro Sabella then had not less than discovered a option to preserve issues disciplined. Now they give the impression of being scrambled, perplexed and confused.
LACK OF MIDFIELD CREATIVITY
The Argentine midfield appears bereft of concepts and readability. They’re failing to string collectively significant passes, constructing assaults and even using the width of the pitch to stretch the rival defences. That, coupled with Messi lacking eight qualifying matches, was an enormous purpose for Argentina scoring simply 19 targets in 18 matches regardless of such abilities upfront. They’ve been unable to search out Messi between the strains within the attacking third or discover a means with out him. A Veron or a Riquelme — who might pull the strings — would have helped so much.
The qualification course of noticed three totally different managers — Tata Martino, Edgardo Bauza
A LACK OF STABILITY
… and Sampaoli — being concerned and nonetheless it took a hat-trick from Messi within the final qualifier in opposition to Ecuador to seal their berth. Boca Juniors had among the finest youth improvement programmes on the planet which unearthed a lot of younger abilities. The whole grassroots construction will not be what it was and that may be a massive purpose why the workforce lacks high quality gamers in all positions. Argentina even did not qualify for the FIFA under-17 World Cup final 12 months.