1) What will Messi do? Thankfully most people watching the World Cup have appreciated that although he hasn’t scored, Messi has been playing really well. The mad genius of Maradona has decided that if teams are going to attack Argentina’s weak defence, they’ll leave themselves open to his 5 attackers.

This is the problem Germany has. Firstly they don’t have a true defensive midfielder. Khadira could take advantage of the space in Argentina’s centre, by advancing forward,  but that would then give space to Messi to work his magic.

2) Oezil and Muller: Both were fantastic against England. Oezil will have to face Mascherano, who will defend him in a way that Gareth Barry could only dream of. I’d be surprised if he has a great game.

Mueller on the other hand could star again. De Maria is not a naturally defensive player and Heinze isn’t the quickest of left backs – with Mascherano occupied by Oezil, Mueller should have the ability to find space.

3) Maxi or Veron? These two give Argentina completely different options. Maxi is more athletic and will do a better job defensively, although he isn’t a natural central midfielder. On the other hand, Veron can stretch Germany’s defence with his range of passing and provide Argentina’s attackers with better supply. Of course, at this point I’m supposed to mention that Ever Banega combines the qualities of both players and should at the very least have been in the squad.

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