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Darren – Clash of the titans in Copa America 2015 part two

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Reporter: Good evening and welcome to Allthatisfootballmanager news. The Copa America is steadily reaching its climax and the winner is just three victories away from the coveted trophy. We have been blessed with great Football so far and all the best nations are still battling it out for the crown. If you missed any of the action so far, why not check out our highlights from the group stages.

Argentina boss Smith and Brazil coach Batista have already ignited the fire between these nations. Although both managers haven’t spoken to each other, there seems to be the odd blow through the media. It is thought that this strained relationship will explode should Argentina and Brazil meet later on in the competition…Smith’s men play Mexico in the quarter-final, while Brazil have drawn Ecuador. Both games seem straight forward, but you know they won’t be taken lightly by either nation.

Quarter-final match day Argentina vs Mexico, reporter: We’re getting close to kick-off, so lets take a look at both sides. Mexico have been using a narrow 4-2-3-1 formation and I think they may stick to the same game plan today. Their key players, Hernandez, Vela, Pineda and Pacheco are all fit. Jose Luis Real has a well drilled team and has them playing some fluid attacking football. It will be interesting to see if they go all out attack today or try to stop Argentina playing. Darren Smith also has a fully fit squad to choose from and looks likely to keep his 4-5-1 formation. Messi and Becerra look set to keep their place on the wings. While the attacking trio will be completed by Aguero as the lone striker. Experienced Mascherano and Pastore will be accompanied by 21 year old Millemaggi in the centre of midfield. Add to this Gaelano who scores a lot from corners and we could see a goal feast today. During a pre-match interview, Smith seemed very confident, but wouldn’t give anything away. When asked who his playmaker would be, Smith’s response was ‘Messi’.  We will cut to the adverts now but kick-off will follow, so don’t go anywhere…

Reporters post match review: Wow, what a match, that has to be game of the tournament so far. Messi made the difference today and his third goal will be replayed for years to come. Argentina looked like going on a rampage after their 5 goals before half-time. What followed was a real surprise and all credit to Mexico for never saying die. My parting question is, are Argentina showing signs of crumbling under the pressure yet again? Those three goals from Mexico will have Smith fuming and sources tell us, the Argentina dressing wasn’t a happy place despite their victory. Could we finally see Darren lose it, or will the players respond during the semi-final? The main thing is Argentina have qualified after winning 5-3.

Quarter-final round up, reporter: Yet again, no major shocks in the Copa America. We have now seen all the quarter-finalists play and two teams look dead set on winning it. Argentina beat Mexico 5-3, while Brazil beat Ecuador 2-0. The other two ties saw Colombia beat Chile 1-0, which is probably the only surprise of the round and Uruguay beat Paraguay 3-0. The semi-final draw is about to take place, so we’ll cross over to my colleague and Diego Maradona in the studio.

Semi-final draw, reporter: Here we are, the semi-finalists are all in this bowl. It is time to see who will play who from the four nations. Diego can you please pull out the first ball.

Diego pulls out the first ball looking nervous: ARGENTINA will play…

A bead of sweat drops on the second ball as Maradona turns it to the camera and shouts: BRAZIL!!!!! Haha, brilliant what a draw…ow yeh, sorry, the other two teams. Colombia will play…Uruguay.

Semi-final clash of the titans Argentina vs Brazil, Darren’s team talk: This is it lads, this is your

time to shine and repay the nation for their support. We will never have a chance to beat Brazil on their own soil in a competition like this. I have been looking at hundreds of match videos and assessing Brazil for months in anticipation of this match. They will play a 4-1-3-2, this is very tricky to break down but I have a plan. My 4-5-1 tactic has worked so far, we’ll stick with this, but use my selection as the surprise. Mascherano and Millemaggi are both suspended and injured, so Banega and Gago, you will be called upon. Aguero looks very tired, so I want you Higuain to rip their defence to shreds.

Messi, Brazil will expect to mark you from the right wing with Marcelo who is pacey. I want to mess with their heads so you’ll play as an inside forward from the left wing. Daniel Alves can cause problems going forward, but lacks pace due to his age. So with Lionel on the left he’ll have too much to cope with. With this distraction, I want to use Vella as our playmaker…I have seen you rip teams apart in La Liga, but Brazil will be concentrating on Messi today which should offer you an extra yard to play with.

Pato and Hulk must be put onto their weaker foot. Hernandez will be their playmaker and I want you all to tackle him hard and close the midfielder down when possible. Anderson also needs tackling hard, while their DMC Cicinho won’t respond well to pressure. So close him down straight away and we’ll avoid any defence splitting passes. I also want us to use a very deep defensive line and very slow tempo. This will frustrate Brazil as their tactic is very defensive, and will see them struggle to break us down. When this happens our counter strategy will kick in and we can then exploit the gaps. I have prepared you best I can lads, but the rest is up to you…DO IT FOR THE FANS!!

Commentary team, match build up: Welcome to Rio De Janeiro for this Copa America semi-final. Media and pundits a like have been anticipating this match for a long time. Some have even labelled it ‘clash of the titans’. Both teams are currently in the tunnel waiting to enter this great stadium and they will be met by an incredible atmosphere. There’s no doubt who has the biggest support as Brazil are hosting this competition. However, the small number of Argentina fans are making some noise, we can hear screams and chants for Messi and Aguero.

The national anthems have just finished and the players are taking their positions on the pitch. Smith and Batista still haven’t shaken hands, but make their way towards each other. You could literally cut the tension with a knife, this certainly isn’t the friendliest hand shake I’ve ever seen. Both coaches are exchanging words…whatever has been said, Batista isn’t impressed. The referee has just signalled to the goalkeepers who wave back and the whistle reaches his mouth…HERE WE GO!

Match analysis – reporter: There is no doubting who the better team were today. Argentina attacked with intent, completed most of their passes and had the edge over Brazil throughout the match. But where was this game really won and lost, lets take a quick look at the stats. Argentina had 12 shots on target and all these came from inside the opposition area. Whereas Brazil only managed one shot on target and that came from 30 yards out. This tells us Argentina could break Brazil down easily, where Brazil had to try long range efforts with little end product. Argentina won 62% of their attempted tackles and these came all over the pitch, even Higuain and Messi were getting stuck in. Brazil on the other hand only managed 44% completed tackles and very few came in the Argentina half. Brazil’s tackles were very last ditch rather than stopping the attack from its source. Looking at all the advance analysis available, you have to say that Argentina won because they chased the game. Smith’s men closed their opponents down high up the pitch and had enough creativity to get in Brazil’s penalty area on countless occasions.

Semi-final results, reporter: After an exciting quarter-final, the semi stage seems even hotter. Smith’s Argentina thrashed Brazil 4-0 and must be hot favourites to win the Copa America now. While Colombia overcame another big opponent in Uruguay. I’m sure Smith would have preferred another rival match, but Colombia are playing some lovely Football and deserve to make the Final after their 2-0 victory. We are just one game away from crowning our champions, and the whole world seems to be craving Argentina’s beautiful game.

Copa America final – Argentina vs Colombia, Smith’s team talk: Your performance against Brazil was just great lads, you destroyed them. Now there is one last hurdle to jump, Colombia. Do not get complacent today as they have already beaten both Chile and Uruguay. They have a solid defence and will try to stop us playing. We will resume with the ordinary 4-5-1 and try using a slightly high defensive line. Unfortunately, Messi suffered an injury against Brazil and isn’t able to feature today, but one man does not make a team. Vella, you need to step it up today in Lionel’s absence. We welcome Mascherano back from his ban and Millamaggi back from injury. Sergio Aguero looks sharp again and will be used as the lone striker. I want you all to use Sergio’s dribbling and pace, so try playing more direct. I want to use the ball today and dominate possession, with this in mind there will be no counter, just a standard strategy. I also want to give you loads of freedom so won’t bog you all down with instructions. Just be sure to show Colombia’s strikers onto their weaker foot. Last of all, DO IT FOR THE FANS!

5 minutes before kick-off – Argentina vs Colombia, commentary team: Two weeks after the first game, we are finally at the Copa America final. Colombia have been the giant killers taking out Chile and Uruguay, while Argentina are the giants of this competition. Can David beat his third Goliath within 9 days, or is this little man too tired to do it all over again. We will soon find out, Smith’s men look up for the challenge even with Messi missing. Aguero’s father in law and ex Argentina coach, Diego Maradona, is in the stands today. The legend failed to bring success as manager, but will not begrudge Smith the Copa America title. We are about to kick-off here at Rio De Janeiro and the crowd seem excited. Argentina have brought the most support and their chants echo around the stadium. Its enough to put a shiver down my spine, so I can’t imagine how the Argentina squad must feel…

Argentina are the new champions of South America and have put their nightmares to rest. When asked what is next for Argentina and how do you plan on building from this success? Smith replied ‘From here we continue to progress and bring through the next generation of players. Argentina are blessed with countless talent and I am introducing at least four new youngsters for the upcoming friendlies. I want to have an even better side for the World Cup in three years time.’

OK, I can stop talking in the third person now. :) I hope you enjoyed this two part post and please feel free to comment below. My next post will be back in Spain and we’ll talk about At Madrid’s pre-season transfers. Until then thanks for reading and take care. :)

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plobdork
plobdork
10 years ago

wow just brilliant you won and you will defo win the world cup :) :)

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  plobdork

Thanks Plobdork, it was brilliant seeing my side play so well. Hopefully the World Cup may follow, but we’ll see. :)

MRDNRA
MRDNRA
10 years ago

Wow 4-0 vs Brazil, all in all a relatively easily win in the competition. Future World Cup winners definitely.

Darren Smith
10 years ago

It was a very successful comp and I can’t wait to try the World Cup. We have a while to wait though. :)

Matt
Matt
10 years ago

Well done darren! Definite world cup winners, the world cup needs to be won by a geordie at least once! After winning everything with Newcastle, I decided to resign and I also have joined Atletico Madrid! They have a striker regen with 20 finishing,composure and strength at the age of 18! Amazing! Anyway enough about me, good luck with the story and I hope you are victorious in La Liga!

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Matt

Cheers Matt, lets hope I can represent the Geordie’s well. :)

Sounds like you’ve done great with your Newcastle game, its always good to move on after such success and At Madrid are a great club. Really like the sounds of your regen as well. He sounds incredible. :) Thanks for the good wishes and lets hope for another successful campaign :)

warren
10 years ago

Well done Darren

The 4-0 win against Brazil was particularly impressive and I think that we will be certainly near if not win the next world cup.

ps Great and much needed win tonight and nice to see that both the strikers were able to score and hopefully people will stop putting pressure on the forwards to get goals after Carroll left.

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  warren

Thanks Warren, I really enjoyed the victory over Brazil and see this as intent towards the World Cup. :)

ps great win tonight and who is andy carroll :)

Sears
10 years ago

Hey Darren,

that was a super Copa America win.Like the others have said, I think Argentina are potential World Cup winners. Your absolutely hammered Brazil..! Can’t with to see your At. Madrid pre season post.

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Sears

Thanks Sears, it was a great victory.

Laxeyman
Laxeyman
10 years ago

Brilliant again Darren, you demolished Brazil and Argentina are surely the best in the world. You should be favourites for the World Cup, and I’m looking forward to seeing you transfers with Atletico :)

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Laxeyman

Cheers Laxeyman, the next post will follow when get some free time. Really enjoyed the Copa America and the World Cup should be special too.

Johnny Karp
10 years ago

Wow, that last goal from Messi against Mexico was a real beauty! Congrats on the trophy, you really deserved it. After reading the names in your team it reminded me of the USA basketball team at the 1992 Olympics, the so-called “Dream Team” with the likes of Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. That’s exactly how your team was this time, a dream team that nobody could have even dreamed of stopping.

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Karp

Cheers Johnny, Messi is just magic but does seem to miss some sitters now and then. However, that last goal against Mexico was mouth open momemt. :) The Argentina lineup is a little like that I guess, really star studded…I’m just glad I don’t have to face them, would be a headache trying to stop so many great players. :)

kevin
kevin
10 years ago

Hi Darren
What a great post. Loved part two as much as the first one. Congrats on winning the Copa America though I won’t be showing this to my Brazilian employee anytime soon as she will go nuts :) I think the World Cup is something this side can attain quite easily with you at the helm and hope you write about that tournament in a similar style.

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  kevin

Thanks Kevin, glad you enjoyed it. :) I wouldn’t show your employee either, you don’t want to upset colleagues. :)

I will be writing about the World Cup in a similar style, its a while away but needs special attention as its the FM pinnacle. :)

Lye
Lye
10 years ago

Hi Darren,

An exciting match against Mexico and great win over Brazil. Just too bad you were meeting them before the final as their disappointment will be greater if they lost. Over it’s a convincing win in the tournament. You will surely be the hot favorites to win the world cup.

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Lye

Thanks Lye, would have been nice to beat Brazil in the final. But I’m glad way faced them at some point. :)

wazz
wazz
10 years ago

Wow Darren! You beat your arch rival Brazil 4-0? That’s amazing! A final against Uruguay would be great but anyway, you won the Copa America which is superb! Too bad Vella missed a penalty or it could have been another 4-0 victory.
A great Copa America report that I really enjoyed reading. I hope there’s more post like this in the future!!

p/s I’ve had trouble going on your website yesterday.. Don’t know why but it’s fine now. :)

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  wazz

Cheers Wazz, I enjoyed the competition and its a great achievement I’ve never had the chance of doing before. There will be more posts like this in the future but not for a bit mate.

ps Keep me updated on site problems please. I am changing host company and this is probably the problem…I need to know if it persists to contact someone about it. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Timmy
Timmy
10 years ago

Congrats!(but you didn’t meet Uruguay on final,i hope that final)
What tactic do you use in your At Madrid,Argentina,and Newcastle story,im want to know it.
Well who is the cup top scorer?
ps:i got a problem too,but different problem,your newest post is gone?

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Timmy

Cheers Timmy, it was a shame to miss Uruguay in the final, but I was glad to beat Brazil in the semi’s. I use the same tactic for all my games. You’ve already seen it I think but heres the link in case http://allthatisfootballmanager.com/2010/12/fm-2011-newcastle-tactics-4-4-2-and-4-5-1/. I just tweak little buts depending on who I sign. :)

ps That problem with newest posts disappearing should be solved now. But let me know if you have any problems. Im changing host and its causing a few difficulties so sorry for the inconvenience.

CsAtlantis
CsAtlantis
10 years ago

Darren the squad depth of Argentina is just amazing, not having Mascherano and Messi doesn’t really downgrade the team, great demolition of Brazil

A good International Cup win, winning the World Cup shouldn’t be too hard :D

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  CsAtlantis

Thanks CsAtlantis, the squad is incredible and I’m promoting four more under 21’s for up and coming friendlies. I love regens and Argentina is a gold mind for them. :)

Sayam Khan
Sayam Khan
10 years ago

Well done Darren, you won the tournament quiet easily! I never doubted you after the Brazil win! Higuain is one clinical finisher! He scored the goals vs Brazil with soo much ease!

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Sayam Khan

Thanks Sayam, Higuain really is a top class finisher. :)

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