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INVASION ALERT! Ahead of the crucial Clasico qualifier between Argentina and Brazil, Joel Richards – writer of FourFourTwo.com blog Argie Bargy – gives his view from the other side. Including how Dunga's men can beat the Albiceleste...
a journalist tried to draw comparisons between Dunga (World Cup winning
captain) and Maradona (World Cup winning captain) the man in charge of
the Seleção was having none of it.
“I am nothing like Maradona,” deadpanned Dunga, "not in anything."
He didn’t need to spell out what he was getting at.
all know that there is no love lost between Argentina and Brazil, and
we could have a whole new chapter of the footballing rivalry for the
history books after this weekend - putting the sword to Argentina’s
World Cup qualification hopes would spark of the second Carnaval of the
year in Brazil.
Dunga already has a pretty decent formula to hand
– FIFA ranked No.1, Confederations Cup champions, 17 games without a
defeat… but just in case he feels the need to consult FourFourTwo for some last minute battle plans, here’s how to beat Argentina.
Cancel out Messi
– It’s going to be something of a love-in with Leo Messi on Saturday –
the game is in Rosario, the city where a young Messi took his first
Messi almost drowned in a sea
of cameras, microphones and over-excited reporters earlier in the week
in Buenos Aires when he braved the Outside World.
knows that Argentina rely on their No.10. Dunga has already said his
team won’t man-mark the Barcelona forward - they don’t need to.
Just don’t let him get the ball in the first place and Brazil will do just fine.
Wind up Carlos Tevez
– There’s no doubt that the Manchester City forward is something of a
legend. Growing up in one of the roughest slums in Buenos Aires, this
is an Argentine who has won over fans both in Brazil and England.
He even won over both sides of Manchester.
loves the Apache’s character and will pick Tevez to partner Messi up
front. One small problem. So far in the qualifiers, the stats don’t
speak too kindly for Carlitos.
1 missed penalty, 1 goal, 2 red
cards. 10 may be Diego’s favourite number, but its not the amount of
players he wants on the pitch.
Play down the right – There’s a theme emerging in the two South American superpowers.
Brazil, Argentina may be found lacking down the left. At the back is
Gabriel Heinze. The Gringo is one of Maradona’s favourite players for
off-the-field character, but one of the Argentina fans’ least favourite
players for his on-the-field performances.
Ahead of him is Jesús
Dátolo of Napoli. He impressed at Boca Juniors, earning him a move to
Italy over the summer, but the winger is a) making his debut and b) up against Maicon.
Because of injuries, it’s a gamble Maradona has to take, and it could backfire.
Kill off the game -
Argentina have moved to Rosario because they need a win, and rather
than putting the fans four miles away from the pitch like they do at
River Plate, they want a pressure cooker atmosphere for the clash with
If Dunga can cancel them out for the first 15 minutes, just watch the crowd turn on them.
they reach half time without conceding, Maradona will be looking for
kitchen sinks at the break, leaving space for Robinho, Kaká and the
Fabulous Luis Fabiano to put Maraiano Andújar to work in the Argentina
It’s written in the stars - No black cats, avoid construction sites and ladders, don’t let anyone near the pitch with the No.13 shirt…
Argentina have lost just one home World Cup qualifying game ever. It was 1993, Colombia weren’t just good, they were brilliant.
Valderrama and Faustino Asprilla combined to destroy Argentina 5-0 in front of their own fans.
Dunga will have noticed the date. September 5 – the day of Argentina-Brazil.
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Brazil are too strong on the counter but behind that they are just an average team led by some supreme individuals like Kaka, Lucio, Robinho, Maicon. (Also Cesar).
The key will be to break down Argentina, though patiently and then counter. Fast. Elano's creativity will make Brazil better while the loose diamond formation/4-2-3-1 on Brazil will see Melo try and stop Messi on the right.
Heinze can be very poor especially against power therefore Maicon should be too strong.
Hey...I can think of another matched played on 5 September. It was in 2001 and Argentina, for the World Cup Qualy, defeated Brazil 2-1 coming from behind.
Here it is: www.fifa.com/.../report.html
Hey...who knows...may be it is written in the stars...
Great read. As an Argentina fan, I hope Dunga doesn't read this and I will send Diego what Celso wrote on Argy Bargy!
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