After a dominant attacking display against Nigeria and South Korea, Argentina is firmly on top as one of the favourites for the FIFA 2010 World cup in South Africa
. Up front, the talent is awesome with Tevez, Higuain, Di Maria and Messi flooding forward in recurring waves of attacking forays. The first hat trick highlight the threat, but the crunch times lie ahead, a stage where the different sections of the team will be tested by opponents with tougher pedigree.
It will be interesting to see how Argentine team maintain shape when they are predominantly on the receiving end and the style of the teams in group B has not helped in this regard. The tactical abilities of the previous opponents where never fashioned to test the weakness of Maradona's team. An area that needs patching is the left side with Di Maria and Heinze seemingly always together in advance positions with only a few yards between them. The width of space behind them can easily be exploited by world cup teams
who appreciate this loophole. In addition, how does the static central defence formation cope when teams have assess to their bye-line. The mobility between Walter Samuel and Demichelis has been narrow so far.
Maradona's team have shown enough ability to be rated among the teams to get to the last four. Although there is a lot of football to be played, it is already looking like a great tournament.