Possible Argentina lineup against Germany
So its al set then, The Maracana lays down the red carpet for Argentina and Germany in a Latin America against Europe battle for a place in supremacy to decide the fate of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final. The Albiceleste come into the final beating Holland on penalties while the Germans thrashed home nation brazil by 7-1 in the first semi final. Can Lionel Messi lead his country to their third triumph after the glory days of 1978 and 1986 or will the Germans cast a repeat of the 1990 World Cup final?
We provide our readers with the possible Argentina lineup against Germany as Alejandro Sabella’s side seek history on Brazilian soil.
Sergio Romero confidence would be sky high going into the clash thanks to his heroics in the penalty shootout in the semi final against Holland. The Monaco goalkeeper has now gone three games without conceding keeping as many clean sheets in the knockout stages and having only conceded only three times in the showpiece event. However a fiery German side awaits which pummeled seven past Brazil hence Romero needs to be on his toes and has to rise on every occasion whenever required Romero however will face a strike force of Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose and the advancing Mesut Ozil to deal with.
Marcos Rojo takes his place on the left wing back slot and his duel with Toni Kroos and Phillip Lahm would be great to watch. The youngster will be a lively outlet for his side repeatedly making runs up front from the deep, however he must make sure he doesn’t leave back space which the Bayern Munich stars to exploit. Pablo Zabaleta will man the right back role and will dart to move forward at every opportunity and also keeping Mesu Ozil quiet right throughout the match. Napoli’s Federico Fernandez will be dropped again as Manchester City’s Martin Demichelis showed his true worth with a near perfect performance against Holsland while. Ezequiel Garay remains the main man the heart of the backline for the Albiceleste.
Javier Mascherano has been Argentina’s best player in the World Cup without a shadow of doubt and the Bracelona midfielder’s last ditch tackle to thwart Arjen Robben was probably the most defining moment of the semi final. He starts in his defensive midfield role, acting as a screen for the back four while Angel Di Maria battles against time to be fit for the final. Enzo Perez has filled in the gap admirably thanks to his immense work rate and the ability to grind down the opposition with relentless pressing. It would be interesting to see if Sabella goes for the free role of Fernando Gago or Lukas Bigila’s conservative approach to disrupt the opposition’s rhythm. Ezequiel Lavezzi should start out wide on the right if Aguero doesn’t make the cut.
Lionel Messi has the chance to etch his name in golden letters if he can lead the Albiceleste to their third World Cup success after 1978 and 1986. Legendary Argentine Diego Maradona claims that he backs Messi to score a brace in the final against the Germans. Loew however, would have made tactical plans to stop the Barcelona star. Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain’s role up front will be the key to Sabella’s side while Sergio Aguero might yet be on the bench yet again, but will the Albiceleste take a risk to play the Manchester City striker ahead of Ezequiel Lavezzi in the grandest of stages?