Argentina: World Cup Dream XI

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Argentina: World Cup Dream XI

Diego Maradona, arguably the greatest player ever, doesn't have the coaching experience or mental stability to be the head coach of a youth team.

Nonetheless, he was handed the keys to one of the most talented footballing nations, Argentina. It was a great day for Argentina's rivals(Brazilians were doing the samba like it was Carnaval). But it was a somber day for neutrals, because it deprived us of watching a deeply talented team featuring the best player in the world, Lionel Messi, performing to its capability.

Maradona has capped over a 100 players in a year and a half as coach. I repeat, over 100 players!

For a game played with only 11 starters, that's a lot of players, especially when you have plenty of established stars playing across the globe.

Inevitably, Argentina barely scraped through the qualifying rounds to even make it to the World Cup, as the lack of cohesion showed in the team's play. A national team has barely enough time to gel into a cohesive unit, and Maradona ensured that La Albiceleste would be playing together like a group of random strangers in South Africa.

To top it off, his selection has been puzzling at best. Maradona's clashing coaching style has cost Argentina its best passer, Juan Riquelme. In a squad oozing with strikers, he selects 36-year-old Martin Palermo, a man well past his prime. In the year where Inter Milan defeat two league champions, Chelsea and Barcelona, on the way to the Champions League Final, he drops Javier Zanetti, the classy Inter captain.

Now no one knows what form Argentina will be in. Can Messi carry them like he did Barcelona this season? Who knows, but you are guaranteed to see some histrionics on the sideline from Diego.

So here is my dream Argentina XI that should be heading to the World Cup and would have given nightmares to opposing coaches.

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