Monday, September 6, 2010
Friendly - Argentina - Spain
Probably one the most interesting friendly on Tuesday will be the one played between the World Champion, Spain, and Argentina.
It's considered a big event in Buenos Aires, as argwe are not usually visited by top teams (except of course for our Brazilian neighborhoods) so there's great anticipation for this game that will be played in front of a "Monumental" full of 60.000-70.000 fans.
Both will have their best available lineups, with Spain only missing Barcelona's defender Carles Puyol who is injured.
Argentina's coach Sergio Batista will use an offensive 4-3-3 starting lineup, very similar to the team that played in the last World Cup, but with a more balanced midfield because Javier Mascherano won't be alone with the defensive responsibilities and will be joined by Valencia's Ever Banega, and Inter's Esteban Cambiasso. Also Inter's Javier Zanetti is back in the team after not being called by Maradona for the World Cup squad.
Spain could have a few changes from the usual team : Marchena replacing the injured Puyol, and Arbeloa playing for Sergio Ramos in defense, Cesc Fabregas for Xabi Alonso in midfield and Jesus Navas playing for David Villa in offense.
All replaced players will be on the bench and probably play some minutes in the 2nd half.
Although not confirmed by Del Bosque, there's a chance that both Pepe Reyna and Victor Valdez will play some minutes, but Iker Casillas would start for the world champion as usual.
Probable formations :
Argentina : Romero - Zanetti, Demichelis, Gabriel Milito, Heinze - Ever Banega, Javier Mascherano, Esteban Cambiasso - Messi, Higuaín, Tevez
Spain : Casillas - Arbeloa, Piqué, Marchena, Capdevilla - Busquets - Jesus Navas, Xabi, Cesc Fabregas, Iniesta - Torres
Referee : Oscar Ruiz (Colombia)