Friday, June 25, 2010
Jonas, Veron out ?
Like is usual since Maradona is the coach of the NT, he did a football practice using what would be the starting lineup for the next game.
The 11 that he set for this training game had two changes from the lineup that started vs Nigeria in the 1st game of the groups stage : Nicolas Otamendi playing on the right side of the defensive line replacing Jonas Gutierrez and Maxi Rodriguez for Juan Sebastian Veron.
The change in defense is not a big surprise because Maradona said on the press conference after the game vs Greece that in his opinion Nicolas Otamendi had been one of the best players on the field, but it is unexpected that he would leave Juan S. Veron on the bench because he was considered as a coach on the field for the team.
In my opinion, both changes are OK.
Maradona is trying to have a more solid defense with Otamendi, who has less offensive skills than Jonas but the team doesn't need those having Maxi Rodriguez, Di Maria, Tevez, Messi and Higuain to attack.
Probably tomorrow the lineup could be confirmed, but it looks like the 4-3-3 will start with :
Sergio Romero – Nicolas Otamendi, Martin Demichelis, Walter Samuel, Gabriel Heinze – Maximiliano Rodriguez, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria – Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi