It wasn’t just the score line that Argentina managed against Spain that I enjoyed this week. The team itself looks better-poised and more balanced, and lost none of the attacking verve that they displayed in South Africa. It also seems to augur the continued employment of Sergio “Checho” Batista as manage, another reason to be happy.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Barcelona won everything this year. Six titles in 2009 mean that the Catalonian club have completed a historic sweep of trophies that may not be rivalled until, well, 2010, by Barcelona.
Argentina’s current plight has posed a very difficult question for me. What’s worse: for Argentina to miss the World Cup Finals in South Africa; or for them to qualify — thanks to Diego Maradona and Martin Palermo — and then fail miserably at the Finals?
Fresh from Argentina’s 3-2 friendly victory over Russia in Moscow, Diego Maradona confirmed a third member in what he considers his untouchables, players who are destined to start in the World Cup (should Argentina make it, which is looking increasingly less sure). Was it one of the players who impressed in the match? Nope, it’s a winger from Newcastle United.