It is not often that a national-team coach looks beyond players who have set record fees, or who scored 19 goals in a preceding season; but that is exactly what occurred last week when Alejandro Sabella announced a 30-man provisional squad for Argentina’s 2014 World Cup bid. Furthermore, while £26m (US$43.7m) Spurs player Lamela and 19-goal forward Tevez observe as merely onlookers next month, Bloomberg Sports’ “unparalleled data analytics technology” has made a last-minute change in its predictions, replacing Argentina with Spain for a final showdown against Brasil. Maybe Manchester City’s Martin Demichelis will bring his team the right dose of good fortune.
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