Argentina's attempts to mirror Barcelona have failed. Batista tried to use a similar tactical setup, but his team has not been able to deliver goals.
The Albiceleste must abandon their ineffective 4-3-3 formation in order to beat Costa Rica in their decisive encounter.
The host nation has not been able to succeed with the Barcelona system because they do not have the players to fit the tiki-taka style. Although Argentina have the same goalscoring magician upfront, they do not have right type of midfielders and defenders.
Barcelona's backbone, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique, is the key to their breathtaking passing style of football.
The Spanish maestros are two of the most technically gifted midfielders in football, rarely giving away possession and always finding the right pass.
Although Busquets, Puyol and Pique do not grab the headlines, they are equally important to the club's tiki-taka football.
Barcelona's ability to keep possession for long periods of time allows them to create a makeshift back-three. Busquets drops back into defense, as the middle centre-back. T
his shift in formation allows Dani Alves and the left-back, either Eric Abidal or Adriano, to push up into the midfield. Barcelona's back-three helps create two vs. one situations in the midfield and final third.
While Argentina have players who can fit that system, such as Messi and Mascherano, they lack the other key ingredients to successfully play Barcelona's style of football.
The Albiceleste do not have gifted passers in midfield or the defenders to emulate the European champions. Burdisso and Milito are not the type of centre-backs that could excel in a makeshift back-three.
In order to survive the group stage, the host nation should switch to a 4-4-2 or make significant changes to their 4-3-3. With Mascherano and Gago, Cambiasso or Banega, Argentina can control the midfield with only two players.
If Batista prefers to keep three central midfielders, he needs to reconsider the starting 11. Messi should feature out on the right, with either Carlos Tevez or Gonzalo Higuain through the middle and either di Maria or Aguero down the left. Gago would also be a key addition to the midfield.
Although Batista's men have struggled in the first two matches, Argentina have the players and talent to progress into the knockout stage and win the 2011 Copa America.