[World Cup] Key Player Review: Argentina – Angel di Maria

He might not be Argentina’s star attraction, but Di Maria is vital to Alejandro Sabella’s side because he performs an unusual, specific and extremely tiring task—connecting midfield and attack with constant bursts of speed.

Sabella favours a 4-3-3 system with Leo Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero up front, which creates two problems—the possibility for Argentina to be “broken” between midfield and attack, and the huge defensive responsibility placed upon the other seven players.

Di Maria covers both bases, charging forward in possession before knocking quick balls behind the opposition defence, then scampering back to protect the left side of his defence. In this system, he’s irreplaceable.



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