Alejandro SABELLA has confirmed that Argentina will plat a 4-3-3. Here’s what he had to say:
“There are no possibilities, the formation will be 4-3-3, unless if there is a need to change, than I’ll do it. It’s difficult to predict about tomorrow. Iran are very physical and a tough team to play against. Different qualities compared to Argentina.”
“Against Iran we must move with the ball fast and find space. MESSI always tells me he likes to play 4-3-3. That’s not something new and he said it with respect. We don’t have any problems. We want to win against Iran and we also want to play better.”
“Players love to say something and it’s good to hear their feedback. Sometimes even coaches can learn from players. If you dont accept criticism, they say you’re stubborn. If you do, they say you’re weak. I just try to think what is good for the team.”
When Argentina take on Iran today, it would be the fourth meeting against a representative from the Asian Football Confederation.
The first meeting was back in 1986 when Argentina opened their campaign against South Korea in Mexico. The Taegeuk Warriors did everything they had to stop Diego MARADONA thus giving birth to the term “Tae Kwan Do Football”
Argentina won the match 3-1 with a double from Jorge VOLDANO and Oscar RUGGERI while the Koreans pull one back from PARK Chang-Sun.
Twelve years later in the France 1998 World Cup, Argentina opened their campaign this time against debutant Japan in Toulouse. A strike from Gabriel BATISTUTA made all the difference as Argentina defeated the Blue Samurai 1-0.
Another twelve years, Argentina met South Korea again in a group match in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was also reunion for both MARADONA and HUH Jung-Boo, whom played in that match in 1986 but were now the managers for their respective team.
Argentina continued their winning streak against an Asia’s side with a 4-1 win with Gonzalo HIGUAIN scoring a hat-trick and the other was an own goal from PARK Chu-Yong. Korea’s goal came just before half time through LEE Chung-Yong.
So with three wins out of three, scoring 8 goals conceding 2, what would be the outcome today?