Friday, June 18, 2010

I love Maradona's Argentina

Somewhere during the second half, I had the thought that Argentina had found out how to deal with the unpredictable ball. Instead of belting it into the top corner of the net, they've resorted to lobbing the 'keeper, dinking it up for a header, placing the ball with the side of their foot, or hitting it powerfully along the ground. This means that they have a higher percentage of shots on target, which translates into a 4-1 scoreline.

I quite like Argentina. I still think Brazil's going to win, but Argentina have won my heart. It's a such a crazy side that you can't help but wish them the best. Against Korea, they played with two strikers, four wingers, one defensive midfield, one full-back, and two central defenders. It works because Messi has turned into a very hard-working forward, and Tevez is like an animal. They've got enough pressure from the forwards to compensate for the single defensive midfielder.

They've got six strikers and 8 central defenders in the squad. It makes perfect sense. If you're a goal up, you want to put in another defender. If you're a goal down, you want to put on another striker. And if you want to rest anyone in the squad, you send on Sergio Aguero. Forget about mdifielders, they're superfluous. Who needs them when you've got Messi? Just get the defender to tackle and pass to Messi, get Messi to bamboozle the defence, and then pass to one of the six strikers that they've packed into the team. It's simple, it's pretty, and against Korea, it's so damn effective.

So on the 309th last day of my 20s, I went to work, cracked the shits, came home, got dressed up. It's strange putting on clothes that are too cool for you. You look into the mirror, and you see someone you're not staring back at you.

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