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.
Back in my formative years, during the previous century, I was one very concerned 5-year-old. Concerned for football, that is.
Instead of ranting (again) about Diego’s team selections. I thought I’d just put forward my view of what I would’ve wanted to see in South Africa. This is my personal list of a 23-man squad for Argentina in the 2010 World Cup.
As shocking as some managerial rumours can be, you have to admit that more often than not, there’s usually a grain of truth in them. Sven to North Korea? Seems the Koreans did make an approach. Lothar Matthaus to coach Racing Club in Argentina? It would’ve happened if it wasn’t for his girlfriend. And now it seems Guus Hiddink is in the sights of the Argentine FA. So, whither Diego?
Diego was back in the headlines today in Argentina, and it looks like the honeymoon with Carlos Bilardo is over.
Since we’re on the topic of footballl criticism in Argentina (otherwise known as “sucking it”), let’s review a few criticisms, and, just for fun, I’m going to remove the names.
If you see Argentines celebrating today, it’s more from relief than elation. This should’ve happened already. It really shouldn’t have been this hard. And if you’re looking for a culprit for the late qualification, look no further from the man at the top. Diego was a Rolls-Royce of a player, but he’s a beat-up, rusted-out AMC Pacer of a football coach.