Argentina’s second performance in the 2011 Copa América they are hosting had to be better than the first, or people were going to start getting angry. Well, people are starting to get angry. Argentina were a side without imagination or thrust up front, and looked desperate at times in defence, where goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved them a number of times and Nicolás Burdisso was lucky, in the first half, not to give away a penalty. The highlights are right here.
Copa América Argentina 2011, Weds 6th July, Group A
Argentina 0 – 0 Colombia
After the game Sergio Batista told the press conference, ‘We’ve been unable to apply what we’ve done in training to the matches so far. We lacked precision, making it difficult to play the game we wanted.’ We could all see that, of course. For his next trick, when asked about Javier Pastore and whether the playmaker might bring some imagination to a turgid side and link better with Lionel Messi, he came out with the frankly astonishing comment, ‘We could use Pastore for that, he’s an option there, but I don’t want to change the system.’
A lot of people are beginning to lose patient with Sergio Batista.
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