Well, my son and I went to this last night, only to be disappointed that Messi wasn’t playing, or Aguero, or Chiellini, or Dybala!!
Having said all that, it was a surprisingly entertaining game. Argentina were by far the better side with Lanzini and Di Maria particularly standing out. I have to say though that Italy were woeful, and like Holland, you can see why they didn’t qualify for Russia. I know Argentina only scraped through with a victory in their final qualifier, but they looked neat and tidy. Took a few risks at the back as is the modern way, but played some exciting fast, one touch football, and all that without their 2 best players. Their defence is definitely their weakest area and Cabellero in nets didn’t inspire confidence, but they could be a contender in the summer. Not one of the favourites, but a dark horse definitely.
An entertaining evening, plenty of kids there in a crowd i would guess to be around 15000-20000. Plenty of blue seats on display, but nothing new there for the Etihad (stands back to watch the reaction!!). Smiley face inserted!
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