Beating Bavaria...Churchillism, whatever else.
As if by magic, one of the contest's most uninspiring and underwhelming stewards has navigated those treacherous seas, steering his boat towards the final. Sabella sits on the cusps of greatness, immortality, ironically. 90 minutes, possibly 120 and the lottery of the shootout, barely a fraction of a lifetime and yet, arguably one of the most significant moments in Sabella's life time. One that requires great thought, immaculate attention to detail and reactivity. In order to advance to the stars and constellations, Sabella must forfeit the clown and quite simply become, Churchill, Winston Churchill, for who has clobbered the Krauts better than ol' Winny? Big C-Gutter?
Brazil have given Argentina the most advantageous of heads ups, by endorsing absolute naivety, Scolari afforded the globe spectacle of Bavarianism at its best. The machine functioning faultlessly, each cog spinning exact, this was Die Mannschaft of dream and mirage, Nirvana. Fate, serendipitous as ever, has shown the Albiceleste the hand cupped in the palms of the Germans. This World Cup has yet to see what Argentina could be. Sabella should set his team up to stifle the cog's spin and reduce the machine to a dysfunction monstrosity. Possible? Yes, very. Ghana and Algeria have shown how uncomfortable the niche becomes for the Germans when the feathers are rustled. Brazil flew out of the corner, errant disregard for their guard, despite a Trebor soft chin. The jab, nonexistant, the toes, lead-laden, they approached a boxing match like backstreet brawler and were put to sleep in an instant. Argentina must box clever, with two good fists, both capable of a knockout, tis important they work the jab, soften up the guard, force the German's into uncomfortable positions, use the ring and the ropes and time the haymakers and hooks.
Tis highly likely Klose will start, Ozil and Muller flanking, in an otherwise unchanged shape. Sabella must prevent the overload on the left and occupy both Kroos and Khedira. Schematically, the lopsided 4-3-3 favoured in the early stages of the tournament, leaves Rojo vulnerable, whilst offering a wide running Di Maria to engage Lahm. The lack of defensive orientation about the front three raises obvious concerns.
A Royal Navy to sink the Bismarck. Argentina should swell the midfield, assuming Di Maria's fit, use him high up on the left, forcing Lahm to stay put. Messi right-centre should command the attention of the right-back and atleast one midfielder. Enzo Perez shuttler, with two destroyers sitting deep. Zabaleta will manage the right with adventure than Rojo on the left. Lop-side the whole affair, a glorious Mexican standoff between wingers and fullbacks.
Of course, one would rather a Chilean approach, ravenous and rabid, Argentina have the players, but such bravery is beyond them and certainly their manager. A 3-6-1 of some sort would throw the Germans in the same sleeperhold Winny Churchill did back in '45.