Thoughts on Call Up List

If you haven’t yet seen it, here is a list for the upcoming friendly against Russia:

GK – Juan Pablo Carrizo (Real Zaragoza)
GK – Mariano Andujar (Catania)

D – Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan)
D – Emiliano Papa (Vélez Sarsfield)
D – Gabriel Heinze (Real Madrid)
D – Daniel Díaz (Getafe)
D – Nicolás Burdisso (Inter Milan)
D – Nicolás Otamendi (Vélez Sarsfield)
D – Martín Demichelis (Bayern Munich)

M – Javier Mascherano (Liverpool)
M – Fernando Gago (Real Madrid)
M – Sebastian Battaglia (Boca Juniors)
M – Mario Bolatti (Huracán)
M – Maximiliano Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid)
M – Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United)
M – Jesús Dátolo (Nápoli)
M – Juan Sebastián Verón (Estudiantes de La Plata)

F – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
F – Sergio Agüero (Atlético de Madrid)
F – Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)
F – Lisandro López (Lyon)
F – Diego Milito (Inter Milan)
F – Ezequiel Lavezzi (Nápoli)

As suspected, players such as Tevez, Lavezzi, Battaglia, Diaz, etc are still in the squad. Yet most puzzling of all, is Jonas, who is playing for a 2nd division club that lost to a third division side 6-1. I have given up on debating why Heinze is there. He is one of Diego’s favorites, and is vice-captain above Zanetti, Veron, and more deserving players. After looking at this pathetic list, I thought it may be interesting to think about who would win? Diego’s Argentina or a team of Argentine players not being called up? I think Diego will probably line up:

—————————————–GK Andujar

RB Zanetti———-CB Demichellis—————-CB Heinze—————–LB Papa

——————————————-DM Mascherano (C)

RM Maxi—————————————————————————LM Jonas

———————————————F Messi

————————–F Tevez——————————–F Aguero

I think it could be argued that under a normal manager, only Zanetti, Mascherano, and Messi would start. I still think Maxi has much to offer to the NT, but he hasn’t played well of late. Sadly, with Maradona’s current set up, he is the only legitimate creative midfielder we have. Considering how sad and pathetic Diego’s side is, here is how I would line up a team of Argentine players being left out:

——————————————-GK Romero/Ustari/Franco/Navarro (whoever is healthier, but they are all better than Carrizo)

RB Zabaleta——————CB Garay———————-CB Gonzalo Rodriguez—————LB Insua

RM Aimar/Moralez——————–CM Cambiasso————CM Ledesma——————–LM Di Maria

——————————–F Higuain——————————-F Zarate

I understand Di Maria is suspended, but this is a friendly, so he could play against Russia. Look at Lavezzi, he scored only seven goals last season. Napoli’s president recently discussed this and how he is not needed at the club any longer. I consider Jose Mourinho to be the best manager in the world, or at least in the top three, and he considers Cambiasso the rock of his team. He also considers Burdisso surplus to requirements, which is why he tried to off load him. However, there were no real takers, so Mourinho went out and signed Lucio, which will keep Burdisso entrenched further down the list of defenders he will use. I think I trust the special one over Diego. I have also said it time and time again, but Tevez hurts our team more than it helps us. Sent off twice in the first half, which essentially left Messi up top alone, and a missed penalty. When he first played for the full time at the 2004 Copa America, I thought he would be the next Maradona. Well, five years later, he has only played one good game for the National Team, which was a 0-0 draw against Holland when both teams had already qualified for the next round at Germany 2006. Sure he has scored goals, against the Venezuela in the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers,against the US in the Copa America 2007, a penalty against Algeria in a friendly, a header against Switzerland in a friendly, and a fine individual goal against Serbia and Montenegro in a 6-0 route. He did bring us the Olympic Gold in 2004, and was sensation in the Copa America the same year, but since then, he has done nothing. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tevez lost his spot at City as well. Adebayor, Robinho, and even Santa Cruz have better goalscoring records than Carlitos. I hate to rip on him, as he was my favorite player for a while, but his form has been poor since he went to Europe. I hope he can turn it around, but I’m not to helpful..

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