Argentina – Colombia: A Template Of Why Messi Underperforms For Argentina (0-2)

It is one of the most asked questions in the game of football. Why does one of the greatest players of all time perform at such a different level for club and country? If you want to answer that question, look no further than Argentina – Colombia in the 2019 Copa América.

Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.

There is a Copa América every year now, or so it feels. After back-to-back editions in 2015 and 2016, we’re getting treated to two more editions in a row, this summer and the next. More chances for Lionel Messi to finally win a piece of silverware with his country at senior level, the one thing eluding his gargantuan trophy cabinet.

Despite reaching four finals, Messi’s international career will never be seen as complete without actually winning something. He will be 34 years old when the World Cup in Qatar commences; the clock is ticking.

The first hurdle en route to international glory was Colombia, who have been under the guidance of Carlos Queiroz since February. Calling him ‘an experienced manager’ is an understatement: Queiroz has been coaching since 1984 and South America is the fifth continent were he has been employed.

He set his team up in a hybrid 4-3-3 formation, with James Rodríguez as the right winger and Cuadrado as right midfielder. Queiroz surprised by leaving Santiago Arias on the bench for the more defensive-minded Stefan Medina. Falcao is still captaining the side from the striker position.

In stark contrast to Queiroz, Argentina’s manager Lionel Scaloni can be considered . . .

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Erik Elias (25) is co-founder and chief editor of Between The Posts. Dutch, so admires Johan Cruijff and his football principles, but enjoys writing about other styles as well. Former youth coach. Scout. 'Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring.' [ View all posts ]


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