Wednesday, June 27, 2007

"I Want To Win Playing Attractive Football"

That was what Argentina coach Alfio Basile said at a press conference today as he revealed his starting XI for the match tomorrow against the United States. Bob Bradley's young side will face the following squad in Maracaibo:
Roberto Abbondanzieri in goal; Javier Zanetti, Roberto Ayala, Gabriel Milito, and Gabriel Heinze across the back; Juan Sebastian Veron, Javier Mascherano, and Esteban Cambiasso will play behind #10 Juan Roman Riquelme; Lionel Messi and Hernan Crespo up front.
Of course this means that one of the world's most feared balls of energy, Carlos Tevez, starts on the bench. I don't know if that's good or bad for the U.S.

Basile names his 11 (in Spanish) [TyC Sports]



linda said...

I'm not one to count my chickens before they hatch, so here's the pessimistic take: if it doesn't pan out against the US, at least the bench looks pretty promising. But Lord, playing badly against the US would be maddening.

soccermad said...

I would have to agree with your assesment Linda. I just don't see how Bradley's "Babes" can keep the Argies from scoring.

Sure, the Brazilians couldn't score last night, but they were up against a Mexican side that played a tough game just four days ago. The side that the Americans are putting out tonight have never played a competitive match together. I'm afraid that it'll show on the scoresheet.