Sunday, 4 July 2010

Boateng storms into semis

Another quarter final with MCFC interest on both sides on Saturday; Jérôme Boateng's Germany went up against Carlos Tévez's Argentina. It was an unexpected rout.

Diego Maradona was tactically out-classed by Jogi Löw, whose German side limited Argentina to half-chances while breaking at will into the gaping savannahs in Argentine territory. But one of the fundamentals of this plan was solid defence, something Boateng provided well from left back.

In fact, this was probably the best game I've ever seen him play. He won every tackle (including one or two on Lionel Messi), distributed the ball intelligently and swung in one excellent cross. He's not a natural left-back, but with his skill set he's quite possibly now the best right-back at the club.

Carlitos was starved of service and could only carve himself a half-chance here and there. A very frustrating evening. But Boateng marches on!

1 comment:

alan said...

A moment of history beckons, as only Uruguay can stop a City player picking up our first World Cup Winners medal through either Boateng, de Jong or Silva. (though not sure if Silva has actually signed up for City yet)

alan, Blue Days