I have faith that Argentina will play a great match against Belgium and hope they find a different kind of opponent to the others that Argentina have faced until now.
Belgium is a team with a great attacking power, a team that tries to exchange punches. Until now, every team we’ve played have had all their players in their box; two lines of four, very closed, and that has affected Argentina’s game. But I have no doubts that Argentina is a great attacking team and there are few teams in the world that can have as many options as Argentina.
I think Belgium is a great attacking team. They don’t wait for the opponent to decide. They have great players and it would be a big mistake not to respect them. The good thing for Argentina is that they will have more spaces to attack. And we all know what Lionel Messi and company can do in space.
Luckily Leo has appeared. Where there are some spaces Leo is decisive, thank God! … Rodrigo (Palacio) was good as well, regaining an important ball and quickly setting him up. But Leo, he can kill you in one second. He is very decisive, and made a great play, making the pass to Di María, who finished well. They won to go through to the quarter-finals, suffering, but in the end I think it was deserved.
In attack for Argentina, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Palacio are good alternatives. Of course we’re talking about great players. I know Rodrigo perfectly well (we played together at Inter for years). I love how he plays; he can score at any time and he showed that he can also help recovering possession. Both him and Lavezzi, they are a great option for the attack.
I agree absolutely with Sabella in the idea of sticking with the 4-3-3 formation. When you have such an attacking team, you have to use it. Apart from the first game, when he tried to look for something different, he used the system he knows best. That’s the way to rule in the game. But its not easy to play well because the opposition also play; they defend hard and it’s really difficult.
Belgium have won every game they’ve played, some harder than others, but it is not easy. In the World Cup it’s very even. There are teams without big names but these are well crafted teams with good coaches. Today, every team is well prepared but it’s not easy to beat any team in a World Cup.
Belgium will have to be very careful because they know that if they give space to Argentina, we have a very attacking game from midfield, going forward, that can hurt at any time.