Sunday, 23 May 2010

Argentina - Milito comes to the party/ Squad watch

Well the Champions League final was certainly good news for Argentina. Diego Milito was the difference between the teams with two stunning finishes. His second, that effectively kiled the game, was particularly impressive. Poor defending admittedly but there's nothing like seeing a forward turn a defender inside out before calmly shooting home. Suddenly Maradona has an embarrassment of riches up front. Is it going to have to be two from the four of Messi, Milito, Madrid's Higuain and the all-action Tevez? Tough choice at the moment. I'd always be tempted to have Tevez in my team for his energy and effort, not to mention his goals, but accommodating him and Messi is always going to be tricky. Milito might be in a straight battle for the number 9 jersey with Higuain.

And maybe success in Europe's premier competition doesn't make too much difference to old Diego. Inter captain Zanetti (ok he's 36 but experience is surely invaluable at the World Cup - Maldini is one obvious, comparative example) and midfielder Cambiasso didn't make his final 30, let alone his 23. Either he knows something we don't or his judgement is even more lacking than previosuly thought. Is a player like Gutierrez who has played a season in the second tier of English football going to be more ready for a World Cup than a European Cup winner? I'm not too sure about Veron either - despite his successes in the Copa Libertadores for Estudiants. Maybe his time at Man Utd was a blip. Played like a bloody drain mind.

Take a look for yourself. Here's the owner of the Mano de Dios' provisional 23...

Between the sticks:

Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar)
Mariano Andujar (Catania)
Diego Pozo (Colon)

Kicking lumps:

Nicolas Otamendi (Velez Sarsfield)
Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich)
Walter Samuel (Inter Milan)
Gabriel Heinze (Marseille
Nicolas Burdisso (AS Roma)
Clemente Rodriguez (Estudiantes)
Ariel Garce (Colon)

Mincing about:

Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle)
Maximiliano Rodriguez (Liverpool)
Javier Mascherano (Liverpool)
Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes)
Angel Di Maria (Benfica)
Javier Pastore (Palermo)
Mario Bolatti (Fiorentina)

Grabbing the glory:

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid)
Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors)
Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid)
Diego Milito (Inter Milan)
Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)

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