Selection Headache For Basile As Crespo Passed Fit

Argentina striker Hernan Crespo was passed fit by team doctors today. He is now available for selection for Sunday’s final against Brazil.

While good news for Argentina it leaves coach Coco Basile with a selection headache. Carlos Tevez had seen off competition from Diego Milito to replace Crespo since he pulled a thigh muscle in Argentina’s second game, the 4-2 victory over Colombia.

Tevez has shone since, coming off the bench to set up three goals in the victory over Peru as well as teeing up Messi for his goal in the semi-final against Mexico. In one poll conducted by a Buenos Aires newspaper Tevez was the overwhelming favourite to partner Messi even if Crespo was available.

But Basile is known to favour a more traditional target-man, having first turned to Milito to fill the gap left by Crespo. No word yet on who will get the nod on Sunday.

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2 responses to “Selection Headache For Basile As Crespo Passed Fit

  1. Johnny

    You have to leave Tevez-Messi in together, too much havoc. They have played together for most of Copa America, no need to mix it up. Crespo just another weapon to bring in. He will come of the bench of in the 84min or so if Arg is up by a couple of goals.

  2. Nino Dorado

    I’d play Crespo from the start and leave Tevez for the second half. Argentina have won all their games in the second half and his running has been a large part of that. As Basile said, when other teams tire we have the pace and brains to take advantage. Tevez’s running would be a part of that strategy…

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