After watching last night’s boring display of a football match where both teams successfully annulled each others top players, I have come to the conclusion that Messi hasn’t been that great at all in this World Cup. He has never had the presence of Diego Maradona when he tormented defenders and frightened goalkeepers. It was a game of chess where Holland stood back and let Argentina have most of the match with the view to pouncing on the odd chance.
Both teams had relatively few chances to put away and penalties were, in the end,the only way this game was going to be put to bed. Louis Van Gaal got it wrong for once and decided not to bring Tim Krul on the field just in case it went to penalties. Instead he left the inexperienced Jasper Cillessen, who has never ever saved a penalty in his career, to face an Argentinian hit squad of decent penalty takers.
Leo Messi failed to impress last night and was completely taken out by the Dutch defense. People were talking about Neymar carrying Brazil and Messi carrying Argentina but after the Albiceleste team’s last games, I have to disagree.
Maybe Neymar did carry Brazil to a certain extent but Messi has never carried Argentina to the final, no matter what the fans say.
Argentina now face a well-oiled machine in the shape of Germany this Sunday in the final. This will be a real test for both teams, especially Argentina.There were thousands of tweets after the German humiliation of Brazil and one of the best ones in my opinion came from Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson:
It seems the Germans spend their time practicing football rather than getting tattoos and stupid hair cuts. A lesson for England perhaps.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) July 8, 2014
Clarkson has a point and Germany look like they could carry out part 2 of their humiliation over Argentina. If Barcelona’s Lionel Messi ever had to prove his worth as both a Barça player and an Argentine international, Sunday would be the ideal time to do it.