Argentina are set to meet Germany tomorrow afternoon in the quarter finals of the World Cup, with a 4:00 pm local kick-off time, and there is a chance that Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez could finally sart on the left wing for the South American side.
Jonas Gutierrez – could start on the left wing
This should be a terrific game, with Germany gaining strength from their annihilation of England 4-1, in the round of the last 16.
While German players seem to rise to the occasion when they put on the white shirt of Germany, our England players seem to shrink and become scared when they don the white shirt of England.
Certainly the likes of Gerrard and Lampard are nowhere near the players that play for their clubs when they play for the England side, and never have been.
The young German side have already produced some stars in this World Cup, with 20 year-old midfielder Thomas Mueller and Bastian Schweinsteiger, both of Bayern Munich, looking outstanding in central midfield and Mueller killing England off with two second half goals, albeit both of them from poor England defending.
And Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose, both of whom had poor seasons with their clubs Cologne and Bayern Munich respectively, have nevertheless have continued to score goals – they have 90 goals for Germany between them.
If they were English players they wouldn’t make the squad at all, because Italian manager Capello wants players to be starters and play regularly for their club and judges their selection on their club form.
The hopeless Emile Heskey being one obvious exception to that policy.
With that being the case Klose and Podolski – if they were English – would never have made the squad, and that’s just one thing wrong with the English selection process – the players should be judged on how they play when they wear the England shirt.
Lampard and Gerrard and some of our other “stars” wouldn’t then make the England side.
My wife knows nothing about football, and that’s probably being over generous, and the only thing she learned this summer is that Cristiano Ronaldo is a very good looking lad, and when I said he was an even a better player – she looked a little puzzled as to why I would even mention that. 😀
But even when my wife was talking to her cousin in England on the phone and mentioned I wasn’t happy at all with the England performances, her cousin said “oh that lot – they are a complete disgrace.”
So there’s certainly a lot of anger in England over the team’s performance this summer, and so there should be – they played like wimps – and even the USA side looked better and certainly played with a lot more guts and character than our England world-class players – right!
Argentine manager Diego Maradona, seemingly the darling of this year’s World Cup, has told the press that Argentina will play in a 4-4-1-1 formation, which is the way the Argentines lined up against Nigeria, which was also expected to be a tough game.
The side to face Germany tomorrow could well be the following eleven:
Otamendi DeMichelis Burdisso Heinze
Tevez Mascherano (c) Maxi Jonas
It could well be that Maradona starts Jonas Gutierrez of Newcastle United in his more accustomed position on the left wing, after he started the tournament at right back. When Joans came on in the second half in the 3-1 win over Mexico, he looked good and energetic.
This will be a very tough game for Argentina, there’s no doubt about that, as Germany seem to produce their best at the big tournaments, and they no doubt will test the Argentine defense.
If they are successful tomorrow they will meet the winners of the Spain-Paraguay quarter-final in the semi-finals next Wednesday.