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Argentina profit from Demichelis’ fine form

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Oct 21, 2007 12:06 am

17.10.2007

Argentina stopper Martin Demichelis is poised to claim a regular berth for his country after another strong display in a <i>Albiceleste</i> jersey. The 26-year-old has been on fine form at club level this season, operating alongside Lucio in the Bundesliga’s best defence with just three goals conceded in nine matches.

On Tuesday evening, Argentina followed up a 2-0 victory over Chile at the weekend with an away win against Venezuela in Maracaibo by the same score. Barcelona stars Gabriel Milito (15) and Lionel Messi (42) found the target, but a sizeable proportion of the South American media rated Demichelis as the man of the match.

<b>Following in Ayala’s footsteps</b>

“Succeeding the legendary Ayala is a severe test, but Demichelis showed the extent of his ability,“ wrote clarin.com. Roberto Ayala, Argentine captain for many years, rated as one of the best centre-backs in the world game. The 34-year-old announced his retirement from international football after the Copa America three months ago.

“I’d like to thank my team-mates for helping me settle in so well,“ commented Micho, who suffered the biggest disappointment of his career to date when then boss Jose Pekermann left him out of the squad for the 2006 World Cup. Current supremo Alfio Basile recalled Demichelis in August, and the Bayern man promptly said thank-you with the only goal of the game in a friendly victory against Australia. “This is a great team and I want to be part of the new generation,“ Demichelis declared after staking his strong claim to Ayala’s famous Number 2 shirt.
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