Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Tevez To Start Against Mexico

Reports out of Argentina's camp in Venezuela are that Carlos Tevez will replace Diego Milito in the starting XI tomorrow night. This is big news if you consider Alfio Basile's stern insistence (supposedly up until now) that his teams play with a big, traditional No. 9. Basile has always been in favor of fielding a forward who can play with his back to goal, hold and lay off the ball to on-rushing teammates. The team's second-half (after Tevez's insertion) against Peru seems to have changed the gaffer's mind.

This news is all the more interesting when you take into account the likely absence of Nery Castillo. His inclusion in the Mexican side will be a game-time decision. Whatever team Hugo Sanchez decides to send out against Argentina, expect a classic, a match fit to be compared to the World Cup second-round game from last summer.

In tonight's semi-final, both Brazil and Uruguay have made no changes to the sides that played in the quarter-finals last Saturday.

Castillo Takes No Chances [Sportinglife]
Tevez Time (in Spanish) [Olé]



AmorAlbiCeleste said...

Finally. He should have started against Peru too


soccermad said...

I agree completely after the second half showing against Peru. Tevez's movement, combined with Messi's, makes Argentina tough to beat.