The trouble for Argentina is that their defense teeters on the verge of shambolic. If Mexico can run at them – and players like Giovanni dos Santos, Carlos Vela, and Pablo Barrera have already shown they are dangerous when taking the game to their opponents – then there could be a goal fest.
Mexican captain Rafael Marquez admitted that Argentina are favorites – not surprisingly given that they have lost only four of the 25 matches between the teams – and claimed Mexico would need to play a perfect game to win.
That kind of talk might involve a bit of psychology designed to take the pressure of his teammates. Marquez also said: “Defensively they are not the greatest, they have some problems on the flanks. If we set out our attack well then we can perhaps take advantage of that weakness.”
Maradona will change his team to try and counter those weaknesses, and looks set to keep Nicolas Otamendi in at full back in place of the erratic Jonas Gutierrez. In midfield, the more robust Maxi Rodriguez looks set to replace the slower Veron.