Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Argentina - Portugal / Messi vs CR !

There will be many games involving the two best players in the world (ok ok, maybe Cristiano is only a top 5) and all the others will be more important than this one (Copa del Rey final, the derby in the spanish league, maybe a Champions League final ?), but it still has to be worth watching.

Argentina's coach, Sergio Batista decided not to call Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero and he didn't give reasons, but the closeness that this players have to the previous coach, Diego Maradona, could be one of the reasons. Batista didn't talk about it with the media, but it's very possible that they will be called for future friendlies and the Copa America that will be played next July @ Argentina.

The 23 players training @ Geneva, Switzerland, are :

Goalkeepers : Sergio Romero - Az Alkmaar - Holland, Mariano Andújar - Catania - Italy

Defenders : Pablo Zabaleta - Manchester City - England, Javier Zanetti - Internazionale de Milán - Italy, Nicolás Pareja - Spartak de Moscú - Russia, Ezequiel Garay - Real Madrid - Spain, Gabriel Milito - Barcelona - Spain, Nicolás Burdisso - Roma - Italy, Nicolás Otamendi - Porto - Portugal, Marcos Rojo - Spartak de Moscú - Russia,

Midfielders : Javier Mascherano - Barcelona - Spain, Esteban Cambiasso - Internazionale de Milán - Italy, Fernando Gago - Real Madrid - Spain, Ever Banega - Valencia - Spain, Lucas Biglia - Anderlecht - Belgium, José Sosa - Nápoli - Italy, Javier Pastore - Palermo - Italy

Strikers : Ezequiel Lavezzi - Nápoli - Italy, Lionel Messi - Barcelona - Spain, Ángel Di María - Real Madrid - Spain, Nicolás Gaitán - Benfica - Portugal, Juan Manuel Martínez - Vélez Sarsfield - Argentina, Cristian Chávez - Boca Juniors - Argentina

Diego Milito was called, but the injury he suffered last Sunday playing for Inter made him stay at home.

A probable lineup, with a strong offense and a not so good defense as lately happens with the Argentina NT, would be :

Romero - Zanetti, Burdisso, Milito, Rojo - Banega, Mascherano, Cambiasso - Lavezzi, Messi, Di María.

Portugal, without the injured Ricardo Carvalho, would have :

Eduardo - Bosingwa, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao - Meireles, Martins, Moutinho - Ronaldo, Postiga, Nani.

Definitely one of the friendlies to watch this Wednesday, and hopefully they will live up to expectations.