Uruguay – Chile LiveBlog. Why not?

It’s late and the game already started. If you like, you may join me for this impromptu LiveBlog.

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  1. Miguel
    July 8, 2011

    Valdivia being interviewed. Asking if he thinks he’s a shoe in to get a slot in the starting line up for Chile’s next game…

  2. kinukinu
    July 8, 2011

    Oh man I missed the liveblog. Do another one Kari! Peru Vs Mexico starts soon. I know it’s not so interesting but it can’t be worse than the last Argenina came, can it?

    • July 8, 2011

      My fault actually. It was last minute. Peru – Mexico…? Nah. I’m not into GDS nostalgia.

      I might do one for the Brazil match.

    • Vj
      July 8, 2011

      Do one for the Brazil match. Pretty please? πŸ™‚

  3. July 8, 2011

    This Chile-Uruguay match was a great example of how it’s often difficult to interpret an individual performance when there is a systems level issue going on.

    For much of the match Sanchez didn’t look that great.

    But it’s hard to know what to make of that. It was a problem analogous to what Messi is going through, though with Messi it’s orders of magnitude worse.

    Chile’s problem for so much of this match was lack of composure in midfield. They just played at this rushed tempo and breakneck speed. They simply played the ball through midfield just to get it through midfield rather than trying to build play. This was amplified by issues at the back as well.

    But the match really changed when Borghi brought on subs to address this problem.

    Valdivia coming on for a defender really changed the dynamics of the match. At the same time Borghi had Vidal start to play deeper in defense.

    These changes gave chile much more composure on the ball and the ability to build play.

    Borghi then upped this when he brought on Carmona for Beausejour

    And once that happened – once Chile gained composure in midfield is really freed Sanchez up. He received the ball in more advantageous positions. In turn Sanchez became more and more influential in the match.

    Sanchez was the same player. But the system around him changed dramatically – and in turn the quality of Sanchez’s game changed in response.

    Excellent job of management by Borghi. He was willing to accept risk in order to push the level of play and it worked out well for him.

    He should play Valdivia next match as well.

  4. Barcaleya
    July 8, 2011

    Oh, Kari. I didn’t know there was a liveblog for this!

    Missed it πŸ™

    • July 8, 2011

      Sorry, sorry! It was literally last minute. πŸ™

      If I do an LB again, I’ll be sure to announce it 10-15 minutes early. Sorry again to everyone who missed it. If it helps, you all were missed! We only had 20 readers.

  5. July 8, 2011

    Rosell (president): “The strategic markets for the future are China, plus Japan, and the US, plus Mexico and Canada.” [esadeblogs via barcastuff]

    Did he just say Canada?! That’s me! …Well, not really. But you get what I mean. THIS IS BIG NEWS. We exist in BarcaLand. #O.M.G.

  6. Dani_el
    July 8, 2011

    Peru 1 Mexico 0!!

    Excellent second half for peru, good possession, and several goal oportunities, vamos peru!

    • July 8, 2011

      Arrriba! For a team hit by so many injuries, they’re doing really well!

    • Dani_el
      July 8, 2011

      Yep! It’s important to give credit to coach Markarian, he’s making our national team stronger defensively, and taking back our style of old, good possession and passing, a year ago some of the players didnt feel good of returning here and play for the blanquiroja, they seem more happy now.

  7. July 8, 2011

    Reports from Argentina are saying that Batista is going to change tactics for the next game Argentina plays for Costa Rica.

    He’s going basically going to go to his plan B formation – a 4-2-1-3. Tevez and Lavezzi are finally being dropped.

    Unfortunately, Messi is going to wind up playing behind Higuain as an enganche rather than up front as a false 9.

    In other words – Batista has almost completely reverted back to Maradona’s formation from the world cup last year.

    Something had to be done. But depending on how they implement the system it could turn out very badly.

    Because Argentina are so bad at the back and have such limited pace they do not stay compact as a team. The CB play deep and Mascherano plays very deep for a holding player. He’s essentially an auxiliary CB who functions to protect Milito and Burdisso.

    It’s unclear who will be the other holding player. It’ll likely be Banega I’d guess. If Banega also plays deep that is going to mean that Messi will be required to do all of the work in midfield himself. Messi is going to have to drop very deep to collect the ball and build play unless Banega makes forward runs.

    Argentina is at risk for worsening their major problem so far this tournament – playing as a broken formation. Messi will have a do a great deal of work by himself to prevent that from happening – and that included defending deep.

    And not only will this drag messi away from goal – the formation complicates him moving forward. Higuain is going to play his usual game as a 9 – he’s going to spend a lot of time in the box.

    If Messi tries to make runs forward to goal he and Higuain will be in the same space. And Argentina will have a huge void in midfield in addition.

    It’s really hard to get over. Batista has come under pressure and he’s reverting back to one of the most retrogressive shapes Argentina can play in.

    And it’s all because he simply will not play Pastore. A 4-2-1-3 with Pastore playing behind Messi is the way Argentina needs to play with Aguero and Di Maria on the flanks (even Lavezzi would be ok on the left).

    But Batista just does not see the true problem. And he’s doing what Maradona did – dump the problem on Messi and basically tell him to figure out how to fix it. Fix my problem in midfield and score heaps of goals.

    Costa Rica may not be an easy match. Joel Campbell has been one of the major surprises of this tournament. He has a lot of pace and strength at striker. Milito and Burdisso will be very vulnerable to his pace on the counter.

    • Helge
      July 9, 2011

      But why will he not play Pastore?

      Was there an incident between them?

      I know that he ignored Tevez for the majority of the friendlies because he faked an injury before facing Brazil (in the end it seems to have been an advantage to drop Tevez). In that case, Batisita had his reason and I can understand the decision.

      Ignoring Pastore, who is the only creative midfielder in the whole squad of Argentina, without any obvious reason, is a Drogba’ing disgrace!

  8. Helge
    July 9, 2011

    Haha, if the rumours spread by bs.com are true (Higuain + 28 mio for Tevez), that deal might even top the stupid Ibra transfer πŸ™‚

  9. Ryan
    July 9, 2011

    Heh, England’s women’s soccer team just lost on penalties to France. Who would have imagined?

  10. July 9, 2011

    Can’t run the Brazil LB today. Sorry, guys…

    • Ryan
      July 9, 2011

      Aw…

    • Vj
      July 9, 2011

      πŸ™

    • Ryan
      July 9, 2011

      πŸ˜†

    • Miguel
      July 9, 2011

      Awesome.

    • Vj
      July 9, 2011

      Epic!

  11. Miguel
    July 9, 2011

    No Ramires? Wow. See, here’s someone who learns from their mistakes. Jadson and Ganso are gonna be just ahead of Lucas in midfield. Jadson’s that dude who plays for Shakhtar, right?

    • Miguel
      July 9, 2011

      Oh wait. There’s Ramires. No Robinho???

  12. Humphrey Bogart
    July 9, 2011

    dani can spotting the most ridiculous hair cut, I still love him to death, go Dani

  13. yana
    July 9, 2011

    Flipping back and forth between Brasil-Paraguay and Germany-Japan Women’s WC. Thankfully have dual-tuner dish.

    Mostly watching WWC, the Japanese have some pretty passing going on. And have a serious height disadvantage against their opponents. Where have I seen that before? πŸ™‚

    • Miguel
      July 9, 2011

      Oh cool, thanks! Recording it now. Let me know when someone scores so I can switch to it, hit rewind, and watch it.

    • yana
      July 9, 2011

      Sure thing.

    • Ryan
      July 9, 2011

      I’m watching both too – the women’s game on espn3.com and the Brazil game on tv.

    • yana
      July 9, 2011

      I’m actually watching the Copa on Univision, WWC on Galavision (also Univision Deportes, apparently). Galavision not in HD, but does not have annoying ESPN announcers…

  14. Ryan
    July 9, 2011

    Wow, Brazil are struggling!

  15. July 9, 2011

    Brazil is vulnerable to being pressed. And right now they are struggling against Paraguay’s pressure.

    I mentioned this yesterday in the live blog – Brazil will be vulnerable to Chile in particular. Paraguay’s pressure is no where near Chile’s and Brazil is still struggling.

    Brazil’s problem is that they simply do not build play out from the back well. Ramires and Lucas Leiva simply aren’t good enough on the ball. And that problem is made significantly worse because the Brazil attacking players don’t drop deep to support the holding players. There is very limited off the ball movement. And this issues is amplified with Lucio playing rather than Luiz – they lose another ball player at the back.

    Brazil has a significant issue both in midfield and how they operate as a system.

    Just look at all of the long balls over the top they are resorting to. They are doing that because they are having trouble circulating the ball through midfield. They are just trying to by pass it to try to catch paraguay’s line up too high.

    So far the story of this Copa has been the limited play in midfield from so many teams. It’s hard to believe what’s become of creative midfield play in S. America in this competition. The other issue is the lack of systems play from the top teams. That’s one of the things that really gives Chile a leg up.

    • Miguel
      July 9, 2011

      I don’t get why Elano isn’t partnered up with Ganso like they are at Santos. I know Ganso’s been out injured for a bit but certainly they and Neymar gotta have some sort of chemistry going on.

      Dani’s hair! πŸ˜›

    • July 9, 2011

      Agreed on elano. I expected him to play as well today.

      And agree on Dani’s hair.

    • yana
      July 9, 2011

      Call me crazy, but I think Dani’s hair suits him!

    • Miguel
      July 9, 2011

      It was a bet he lost after winning the Champions. Right… Whatever, Dani.

    • blitzen
      July 9, 2011

      I like it too…

  16. Vj
    July 9, 2011

    It says something about Brazil’s midfield if Lucas Leiva of all people gets to start..

    • July 9, 2011

      Menezes really likes Lucas Leiva from back to the time when he managed Lucas at Gremio.

  17. Miguel
    July 9, 2011

    Ganso golazo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Nice hustle by Ramires, it must be said.

  18. Miguel
    July 9, 2011

    Who’s Elano coming in for?

    • Vj
      July 9, 2011

      Jadson, the goalscorer. If this is the incentive for scoring goals, no wonder this tourney became so dull..

    • Miguel
      July 9, 2011

      Jadson scored? I thought it was Ganso. I gotta wipe the smudges off my glasses.

  19. Ryan
    July 9, 2011

    Paraguay equalizes!

  20. Leckan1
    July 9, 2011

    Ugghh Neymar. Looses the ball carelessly and then proceeds to cautiously jog back even though the player who took the ball from him is like three metres away. If that happened in a Barca shirt he would of gotten quite an earful by Pep.

    And now Paraguay scores.

  21. Miguel
    July 9, 2011

    Haedo!!!!

  22. ciaran
    July 9, 2011

    Are Brazil actually worse than Argentina? This Copa America is fairly poor but at least the winner isn’t predictable

  23. Blau-Grenade
    July 9, 2011

    Two words Estigarribia/Villar awesome players. Vandez is definitely causing Brazil problems.

    • Blau-Grenade
      July 9, 2011

      Valdez I mean.

  24. July 9, 2011

    Come back to see Paraguay winning! 1-2. Arrrriba! #UnderdogsFTW

  25. Leckan1
    July 9, 2011

    2-1

    Alves has been absolutely terrible. What on earth was he doing there? Cut that damn hair off and start to act like the real Alves please.

  26. Humphrey Bogart
    July 9, 2011

    Dani has a shocker today

  27. culegirl3
    July 9, 2011

    I feel like I’m in a parallel universe while watching this game! Brazil losing? Makes no sense! allow me to quote Mou “ΒΏPor que?” πŸ™

  28. Miguel
    July 9, 2011

    Extra time for the ladies? Hurry up and end, Brazil-Paraguay.

  29. Ryan
    July 9, 2011

    You guys remember Valdez? All those troubles he gave us right at the beginning of our season last year…and now scoring against Brazil!

  30. Miguel
    July 9, 2011

    Fred!!! I never doubted you.

  31. Ryan
    July 9, 2011

    Boo… Brazil snatch a point at the death of the game. Now to concentrate fully on Japan-Germany!

  32. yana
    July 9, 2011

    Gol!!!!!!!

  33. Ryan
    July 9, 2011

    Gooooal Japan!!!

  34. yana
    July 9, 2011

    Gol!!!!!!!!

  35. blitzen
    July 9, 2011

    :(((((((

  36. Miguel
    July 9, 2011

    I can’t really root for Japan since they kicked Mexico’s ass earlier, but what a great pass by their #10 for the goal!

    • blitzen
      July 9, 2011

      It was a gorgeous goal all around. πŸ™

    • Miguel
      July 9, 2011

      Why are you so sad? Oh yeah. Mein Beileid.

  37. yana
    July 9, 2011

    I’m neutral, but Japan has played very prettily, and defended excellently, so this is pleasing.

    But there’s still seven minutes left…

  38. Ryan
    July 9, 2011

    Am I the only Samurai Blue fan in these parts? πŸ˜›

    • July 9, 2011

      Nippon! Nippon! Nippon!

    • Ryan
      July 9, 2011

      πŸ˜€

  39. blitzen
    July 9, 2011

    OK, now I have no one left to cheer for. France, I guess.

  40. PhepheSa
    July 9, 2011

    Great game between Japan and Germany. Can’t believe Germany r out after playing so well.

  41. beeeef
    July 9, 2011

    Whoa Japan.

    I thought the Japanese would eventually cave and concede a towering German header.

    But that goal was beautiful and well earned. Another football victory for short people.

    • Ryan
      July 9, 2011

      One of their strikers was 5’0! There’s hope for Piatti yet!

    • beeeef
      July 9, 2011

      No kidding? And I bet the Japanese keeper wasn’t much taller. I was holding my breath every time a cross was floated into the box.

    • Ryan
      July 9, 2011

      The keeper, Ayumi Kaihori, is 5’6, but she did great against the tall Germans!

  42. July 9, 2011

    ….

    I just went to Fabregas’ Twitter account and saw his background pic. PLEASE tell me that’s a version an Arsenal away kit.

    (Also, if you see a rumor/story in a tabloid about this after, they stole it from me. I noticed the insignificant bullsh*t first!)

    • July 9, 2011

      ….And it looks to be an Arsenal kit. PHEW.

      (This fiasco needs to end. For my sanity’s sake.)

    • kinukinu
      July 9, 2011

      From cesc’s twitter:

      “Half time of Brasil vs Paraguai. It looks so hot out there, not easy for the players. Who do you guys think will win this Copa America?”

      Can someone please explain to him that it’s winter in Argentina?

    • Ryan
      July 9, 2011

      That’s definitely a “smack forehead” quote if I ever saw one.

  43. simple_barcafan
    July 9, 2011

    This is going too far!!!..I propose a ban on all comments related to Cesc transfer saga until something is confirmed to be official…

  44. Helge
    July 9, 2011

    Yay! Germany is out! Finally πŸ˜€
    They’ve been underperforming the whole tournament, justice has been done!

    And this Copa… I don’t know what to say about it, it’s simply the most crazy Copa ever. If either Brazil or Argentin wins it, they should both be ashamned becaause so far they showcased a football that is below anything :/

  45. July 9, 2011

    Why haven’t we posted a ‘Welcome to Barca (B)’ post for Kiko Femenia?

    • Vj
      July 10, 2011

      We thought you were the admin..

  46. kinukinu
    July 9, 2011

    From soccernet:

    “Barcelona have made an offer to sign Neymar after the Club World Cup, ESPNsoccernet understands”

    What exactly does “ESPNsoccernet understands” mean? The whole taking liberties with source-naming has really gotten out of control.

    Lemme give it a try:

    In an effort to improve from their recent relegated status, River Plate is close to a $10M deal to sign Lionel Messi, kinukinu understands.

  47. July 9, 2011

    Part of why Dani had such a mediocre game today for Brazil is due to the system Brazil is playing. He’s facing issues that echo those that messi is dealing with.

    In fact many attack minded players in the Copa seem to be facing similar issues (see Cavani prior to getting injured against Chile).

    Brazil’s midfield play so far has been poor. From deeper positions there is no one for Alves to link up with dynamically. Ganso and the attacking three play high up the pitch and don’t get back that often to defend.

    This means that Alves needs to link up with the holding players, Ramirez and Leiva. And they just don’t circulate the ball that well. They play relatively deliberate football.

    And in general, the kind of complex interplay football that Alves excels at is just very difficult to recreate at the country level. There’s not enough time to develop cohesion. For example, when Alves makes runs forward for Barca the system is set up to support his attacks. The center backs split wide and the holding player drops deep. When Dani makes runs forward the backline knows it will have to watch the space behind Alves.

    In attack, generating the kinds of dynamic 1-2’s and triangles Alves is so good at are patterns which are very complex and difficult to reproduce at the national team level.

    This Copa America and last year’s World Cup makes it feel like the game played at the club level is continuing to split form how it is played at the country level. The tension between how the game is played in the two contexts seems to be increasing.

    • EvaDaniu
      July 10, 2011

      Not so sure as you.
      i hope he can enjoy his vacation but felt really worried he might broken his leg when i watched this video.

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