Veron queries Diego selections
Argentina midfielder Juan Veron admits Diego Maradona has yet to find his best set-up as national team boss.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 16/09/09 7:45pm
Veteran Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron admits Diego Maradona has yet to find his best set-up as national team boss.
Argentina are struggling to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa next summer after losing four of their last five qualifiers leaving them fifth in the South America table, one place outside automatic qualification.
Less than a year into his reign in charge, Maradona has come under intense scrutiny as Argentina are in danger of failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1970.
Estudiantes captain Veron believes the team's poor form is down to Maradona failing to find the right balance in his team selection, despite having a healthy choice of players from which to choose from.
"We've got great players but the coach hasn't really unearthed his best team yet," Veron told La Red radio station.
"Anything could happen," said the 34-year-old. "The fact is that there are players in the team who are not in their very best form."
The Argentines are heavily reliant on the form of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, but playmaker Veron believes the rest of the side need to up their game if they are to turn their campaign around.
"At Barcelona they play a game of short, quick passes which is different to the way Argentina play.
"Here, everyone expects Lio (Messi) to dribble through five players and then score a goal. But he can't do everything himself."
Argentina have two qualifiers remaining against bottom-placed Peru at home before a potentially crucial away trip to Uruguay.
Should Maradona's side finish in fifth position they will enter a play-off with a team from Concacaf (Caribbean, Central and North American Confederation).