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Analysis Argentina World Cup 2014 Squad

How would Argentina play? 

Style & structuring: Argentina regularly fielded a striking 4-3-3 establishment in qualifying, in spite of the fact that a more preservationist 5-3-2 was sent for unreliable away installations. The previous framework permits Lionel Messi to discover space between the lines while Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain stretch play.


Be that as it may with Angel Di Maria conveyed as a feature of a midfield three, the establishment offers minimal protective security. Mentor Alejandro Sabella concedes "we are not a group who assault focused around ownership or request - we are an anarchic group, with extremely anarchic players."

Qualities: Incomparable firepower. Between them, Argentina's five strikers have 124 objectives this season - for top clubs. Their front three are underpinned by Angel Di Maria, framing "Los Cuatro Fantasticos" - the Fantastic Four. On paper, no other side in Brazil can match that assaulting ability. Also with each of the three gathering recreations in Brazil's south, they'll escape help, in addition to simple travel and cool climate.

Shortcomings: The same, central defect that finished their 2010 battle - the group needs adjust, as mentor Alejandro Sabella unashamedly concedes. Against tip top restriction they can't depend on Javier Mascherano to be their just midfield tackler, yet they don't have an alternate ball-champ in his class.

Attendant Sergio Romero showed up for Monaco this season and could be a frail connection. Lionel Messi's late club structure is likewise a genuine concern - in spite of scoring 41 times for Barcelona in 2013-14.

Key player

Frequently blamed for neglecting to replicate his Barcelona structure at worldwide level, Lionel Messi had gone 16 aggressive matches without scoring preceding the errand of Alejandro Sabella in 2011. Nonetheless, the mentor's choice to hand Messi, 26, the captaincy has demonstrated roused - he scored 10 times in 14 World Cup qualifiers.

One to watch 

Messi's part is critical, yet Angel Di Maria characterizes the group shape. He's a winger shoe-horned into a midfield three as a playmaker yet has the stamina and order to make it work. Likewise utilized deeper by Real Madrid now and again this season, he recorded 17 La Liga aids - the most elevated figure in the main five European alliances.

The supervisor 

Alejandro Sabella earned his chance in the wake of directing Estudiantes to triumph in the Copa Libertadores in 2009. Before that he had used almost 20 years as colleague to Daniel Passarella. He was part of Argentina's private alcove group at the 1998 World Cup.

How they qualified 

Effortlessly. They were the main side to win in Colombia, beat Chile twice, and inspired in home triumphs against Uruguay (3-0) and Ecuador (4-0). A first ever vanquish by Venezuela, home draw with Bolivia and trivial last amusement misfortune to Uruguay were uncommon blips.

World Cup record 

They have twice won the competition (1978 and 1986) and have completed runners-up on two different events. In any case they have not arrived at the semi-finals since 1990.

Fifa positioning: 5

Argentina World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Monaco), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors).

Defenders: Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Jose-Maria Basanta (Monterrey), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell's Old Boys), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Enzo Perez (Benfica).

Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris St Germain), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan).

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