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Delight for Diego

Argentina's offensive power will prove decisive

Jamie Redknapp Posted 2nd July 2010 view comments

I think this might well be the game of the tournament so far.

Both of these sides love to attack, both sides have scored plenty of goals and if I'm honest, we're still not entirely sure about either defence.

We know there are some tremendous attacking players on display but I do think both sides might struggle if you have a real go at them - and I can't this game being played any other way.

Maradona: has the respect of his players

Maradona: has the respect of his players

Argentina have been a joy to watch and I can't wait to see them again, not just because of Diego Maradona.

They seem to know what the manager wants from them and they seem to have complete faith in them. It couldn't be further from what we saw with England and it does make you wonder about coaching at the highest level.

Bet on Argentina v Germany now

You can tell Diego Maradona has the respect of his players, all of whom probably had pictures of him on their wall growing up. They like him, they respect him and they want to play for him.

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If I'm honest, all you really want is a manager that gives you that belief and confidence. You can tell Maradona has the respect of his players, all of whom probably had pictures of him on their wall growing up. They like him, they respect him and they want to play for him.

Before the tournament I did wonder how he would do as a coach, but it has been a case of so far so good. He just sends his side out to play and express themselves and he is getting the results.

Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez and even Martin Palermo have got goals and none of us can believe Lionel Messi is yet to break his duck. But he is on top form and while Wayne Rooney and Kaka might have failed to get going, he has hit the ground running.

Messi and Higuain both to score - 5/1

Argentina have that many forward players on top of their game, Sergio Arguerro can't even get a look-in.

Mind you, I still have my doubts about that defence. The two centre-backs do worry me and the keeper doesn't look that connvincing and I have to say Gabriele Heinze looks like a liability to me; he looks like he's about to get sent off every time I see him.

Although their attackers did the business against Mexico, you have to think Germany will be able to create as many chances - and with their strikers on form, might just take them.

Impressed

I am still not sure though, just how good this German side is. I had my doubts before the England game and I'm still sat here wondering if we didn't make them look better than they are - we were that bad!

There is clearly nothing wrong with them going forward, though. Mesut Ozil seems to be getting better by the game, I like the look of Thomas Muller and just ask John Terry and Matthew Upson how past it Miroslav Klose is.

Who will win the Golden Boot - Higuain 11/4

But the one that makes it all work for me, is Bastian Schweinsteiger. I had my doubts how he would adapt to a central midfield role but I have been impressed. He already looks like a proper central midfielder. He gets up and down, he defends, but loves to go forward and he can pass.

He might fight himself defending a bit more here though, because Argentina will come at them from all angles. And I am not convinced by that German defence either.

Arne Friedrich and Per Mertesacker are both big guys and coped well for most of the England game, but before that Ghana got through on more than one occasion - you would fear for them when Messi and Tevez start running at them.

Jamie's Judgement

Argentina win - I just think they have too much firepower for most sides at this World Cup to handle - and that's without my resevations about Germany. Yes, their own defence is not the best but you get the feeling they just go out there with the aim to score more than the opposition - and so far it has worked very well. There can only be goals in this because both sides attack, so I'll go for more than 2.5 in the game.

Jamie's Gem

Lionel Messi - He has to get a goal and when he does, I can see him exploding. He's hit the post enough times, tested the keeper enough that you know it is coming. But what I like about him is even though his luck's been out he is still running the show, still showing us why he is the best in the world.

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