Jorge Sampaoli had lost his nerve. Before this World Cup, Argentina’s manager spoke extensively of the need to share Lionel Messi’s burden. A novel 2-3-3-2 system was mooted, in which Ever Banega would dictate from deep, freeing Messi to finish moves; rather than simply commence them.
But, when push came to shove, Sampaoli opted instead for the huevos of Lucas Biglia and Enzo Perez. Iceland and Croatia, therefore, had but one job: stop Messi. Not so Nigeria. Continue reading
Posted in FIFA World Cup 2018, Internationals
- Tagged Albiceleste, Argentina, FIFA World Cup 2018, Gernot Rohr, Jorge Sampaoli, Lionel Messi, Marcos Rojo, Nigeria, Nigeria 1-2 Argentina, Super Eagles, Victor Moses
“We are United, we want to attack!” The refrains of the Old Trafford faithful this evening, one minute after Anthony Martial had been removed in favour of Marouane Fellaini – a substitution that was greeted by loud booing from United fans. Continue reading
Manchester City returned to the Premier League summit this afternoon, after a dour scoreless draw against rivals Manchester United – in which both sides’ only effort on target arrived in the final ten minutes. Continue reading
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- Tagged 4-4-1-1, Anthony Martial, Antonio Valencia, Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne, Louis Van Gaal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Manuel Pellegrini, Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini, Nicolas Otamendi