Advantages They have some world class players. Experienced
Disadvantages Spoiling tactics. Defence is at times suspect
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Argentina came into the Fifa 2002 World Cup strongly fancied and many pundits were tipping them to win the cup. Suddenly after England's well deserved victory over the Latin American champions,there is the possibility that Argentina will not even qualify for the second round.They have to defeat a well drilled Swedish side to have any hope of qualifying.
Defenders include Javier Zanetti, a fine player approaching world class, Walter Samuel of AS Roma, who is highly regarded,reliable and cool, Juan Pablo Sorin, a promising player not well known in the UK, Maurico Pochetino of Paris SG and Diego Placente who turns out for Bayer Leverkusen. Others in the squad are Jose Chamot of AC Milan and Eoberto Ayala who plays his club football at Valencia. Michael Owen caused the Argentine defence a lot of problems and I think they have some weaknesses in this department.
England's young and so called inexperienced side caused Argentina many problems and significantly the much vaunted strike force of the Latin American champions could gain no headway against England's resolute defenders. Of course it would be foolish to write off Argentina on the basis of one result but I do not believe they are the world beaters that the over entusiastic press pundits were making them out to be prior to the World Cup.
Forwards in the squad include Claudio Cariggia now a veteran who plays for Glasgow Rangers, Claudio Lopez of Lazio who came on a substitute against England but had a poor game, and the big two, Gabriel Batistuta of AS Roma who was brilliantly closed down by Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell and his replacement Henan Crespo,who although one of the world's priciest strikers,hardly got a look in against England.
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