The Must-Impress-Maradona Weekend Review Ã¢ÂÂ Round 6
A fortnight ago, rumour spread that AFA were going to make Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola an offer he couldnÃ¢ÂÂt refuse Ã¢ÂÂ to take over the Argentina national team.
SeÃÂ±or Guardiola is, apparently, the only man in the world with enough common sense and ability at his disposal to bring the best out of Leo Messi.
When theyÃ¢ÂÂre not busy talking, debating, writing editorials, screaming or fighting over the new media law, Argentines are spending a considerable amount of time worrying about why Messi isnÃ¢ÂÂt beating eight players and scoring wonder goals for Argentina, but turns on the style every weekend for Barcelona.
Cynics would say there are around 12 million reasons a year that explain this phenomenon, but Argie Bargy will leave those kind of comments for others to make.
Perhaps the man AFA are looking for is in fact Independiente coach Americo Ã¢ÂÂToloÃ¢ÂÂ Gallego, not least after this weekendÃ¢ÂÂs triumph in the Avallaneda clÃÂ¡sico.
ToloÃ¢ÂÂs opposite number, Ricardo Caruso Lombardi, had said that the clÃÂ¡sico would be a tough match for Racing, but it wasnÃ¢ÂÂt like they were playing Bayern Munich or anyone stupid like that.
Ã¢ÂÂHe was right,Ã¢ÂÂ admitted Gallego afterwards. Ã¢ÂÂWe played like Barcelona, not Bayern.Ã¢ÂÂ
A touch over the top, Tolo? Definitely, but he had just won the clÃÂ¡sico, so weÃ¢ÂÂll let him have his fun.
It was his side that managed to deal with the conditions Ã¢ÂÂ toilet-roll snowstorm, that sort of thing Ã¢ÂÂ at RacingÃ¢ÂÂs Cilindro, The Coliseum, The Juan Domingo PerÃÂ³n Stadium, or whatever the hell their ground is called.
While Gallego garrulously gathered the glory, the man currently asked to manage Messi for the country was keeping a close eye on the weekendÃ¢ÂÂs proceedings.
Maradona has called up a squad of locally-based players to face Ghana midweek.
The idea is to check out if thereÃ¢ÂÂs anyone earning their keep in Argentina who can do a better job than the fancy-Dan exiles in Europe.
So it is that Diego will have winced as Estudiantes comfortably beat Boca (Basile is staying this time) and laughed as River collapsed to a draw from a perfectly healthy 2-0 home lead against Gimnasia.
And perhaps Diego will have understood why VÃÂ©lez supporters took to throwing onions at the HuracÃÂ¡n side, and avoided the thoroughly underwhelming explanation that it comes from a kidsÃ¢ÂÂ TV series from years back.
Diego will also have a clearer idea of why San Lorenzo have failed to win in the last six games, when they failed to score after keeper-captain Pablo Migliore insisted on taking the penalty and missed.
So while the weekend left plenty of talking points, and as ever several refereeing decisions that ranged from the bad to disgraceful with everything in between, Maradona will have been taking notes.
If he wasnÃ¢ÂÂt, hereÃ¢ÂÂs a quick crib sheet:
Rolando Schiavi Ã¢ÂÂ Another reason not to call up the 36-year-old. The pressureÃ¢ÂÂs on for the world cup qualifiers in two weekÃ¢ÂÂs time. The team need a cool head at the back. RolandoÃ¢ÂÂs foul and abusive language was nothing compared to the obscenity of the gestures he made after (correctly) being sent off.
MartÃÂn Palermo Ã¢ÂÂ ItÃ¢ÂÂs him, HiguaÃÂn or Tevez to play alongside Messi against Peru. Thankfully he didnÃ¢ÂÂt have to take a penalty, but he hit a great volley against Estudiantes.
Ariel Ortega Ã¢ÂÂ There seemed little point in calling up the Little Donkey, but any discussion about the pros and cons of Ortega playing for the national team again are null and void. HeÃ¢ÂÂs injured.
Gabriel Hauche Ã¢ÂÂ Has his work cut out making the starting XI up front, but responding to a call-up with a hat-trick for Godoy Cruz isn't a bad start.
Enzo Perez Ã¢ÂÂ Great performance against Boca, and scored the winning goal. Oh, and he also decided that some testicle-grabbing violence-inciting gestures towards the Boca fans was in a good idea. Ã¢ÂÂI didnÃ¢ÂÂt do anything, you can look at all the replays you want," claimed Perez. We have, which is why the previous sentence is staying in.
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