Nicolas Tagliafico scores twice, a header and flying volley in Ajax win

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Nicolas Tagliafico scored twice for Ajax, a header and a flying volley, in Ajax’s 4-1 win vs. Heerenveen.

There’s nothing the Argentina captain can’t do on a pitch. He defends, he scores goals with his head and even flying volleys. With the match at 1-1, Nicolas Tagliafico found himself on the end of a cross and headed it to restore Ajax’s lead.

At 3-0, it was a thing of beauty. Another cross sent in for Tagliafico as the Argentine jumped, extended his leg and scored his second of the game. He was awarded the Man of the Match award.

72 COMMENTS

  1. It was the holding midfield. Argentina produced players like zeneti.samuel,Ayala,…
    Needs players like xavi, bastian,Pogba, happy that Lo Celso, palacios,Paredes Argentina have good looking and balanced midfield.
    Argentina is not a team that play counter attacks . They play game of possession and patience. For this they need strong midfield . But Argentina only have destroyers in the midfield.
    They need maestro…registass.
    I know it’s a complete madness but I see lo Celso as modric.. palacios as kroos. For Cdm Senesi/ Ascacibar
    Senesi is versatile player can play as a 3rd cb
    Sometimes offens is the best defense.

    • Much more interesting is comeback of Falcioni to Banfield and their match against Talleres (maybe game of the round). Urzi is someone who might be new Pavon of Superliga (while our left wing in NT seems free) while whole Talleres interesting.

  2. Central Defense has always been an issue for Argentina..Otamendi, Rojo do not have the legs nor they understand modern day football where casual mistakes are punished severely…Mascherano made similar mistakes and i see Paredes in that direction…

    • It was the holding midfield. Argentina produced players like zeneti.samuel,Ayala,…
      Needs players like xavi, bastian,Pogba, happy that Lo Celso, palacios,Paredes Argentina have good looking and balanced midfield.
      Argentina is not a team that play counter attacks . They play game of possession and patience. For this they need strong midfield . But Argentina only have destroyers in the midfield.
      They need maestro…registass.
      I know it’s a complete madness but I see lo Celso as modric.. palacios as kroos. For Cdm Senesi/ Ascacibar
      Senesi is versatile player can play as a 3rd cb
      Sometimes offens is the best defense.

  3. Emi Bundai is next De paul kind of player for Argentina.He will be everywhere in pitch just a little less than De paul.Rificulous talent speed, shooting,key passes, first touch, final touch he has all.

    • Yes, there are many players of that profile like De Paul, Buendia, Zaracho, Pereyra, all of them can play as right CM, kind of half CM half winger and strong defensively. Very useful in the modern football which allows a team to switch from 433 to 343 or 4231, it’s like Matuidi with France, Sissoko with Tottenham and Milner with Liverpool.

  4. Emi Buendia is the next player we need in Argentina team.He is good at both feet.He little lacks in passing department but his attacking foot (both feet) is very strong His defence workvis good he kind of all package deal he deserves his place in the team..Argentina are getting a hell lot of talent i think Messi inspired them may be 10 or 12 year back.Now that crop is full grown.That is what legends provide.Our defence midfield and attack all is growing just weak point is our goalkeeper spot.

  5. one new historical day for ARGENTINA begins.

    in one hour begin one game that we don t live often in the lifetime of one Argentine.
    i am so PROUD that this team makes me live one of those kind of days.

    whatever the result of game will be i will be forever PROUD for this national team that deserves
    more than what we all back home offer to them.

    PROUD for you guys.

    GRACIAS !!!

    GRACIAS POR TODO !!!

    VAMOS ARGENTINA.
    VAMOS A GANAR.

    VIVA LA PATRIA.

  6. Buendia case is another perfect example how all this spin about big clubs superiority and necessity to have players there is bullshit. Stop with this complex of big clubs. Stop with the fetishism.

    Getafe of Segunda Division, loan to Cultural Leonesa and Norwich of second division of England – these were clubs of Buendia so far. Now he and his Norwich can beat big stars of fetishized City. Enough said. Yes, he is NT material and does not need big clubs to that or any evasive standards in kind of “he needs to prove himself yet”.

    • > Getafe of Segunda Division, loan to Cultural Leonesa and Norwich of second division of England – these were clubs of Buendia so far. Now he and his Norwich can beat big stars of fetishized City. Enough said. Yes, he is NT material and does not need big clubs to that or any evasive standards in kind of “he needs to prove himself yet”.

      I’m just challenging the statement here.

      99 out of 100 City will smack the shit of Norwich yet you’re drawing conclusions from 1 game which is “anecdotal” evidenice at best.

      Any team can beat any team….shit happens….that is life. But if you were to bet $100,000 on the next game city vs Norwich, who would you pick? Fetish city (some prefer) or fetish lower tier club (you prefer) personally, I wouldn’t risk $100k and I would put my money towards city. It’s about “probabilities” and by far most people would assume city would win.

    • No one said this is about big clubs vs small clubs competition like you misunderstood that. Watch only your big clubs but I will always protest about this discrimination that some people want to introduce on selecting players for NT material and the rest (also division on European vs locals) according to club provenience. I follow our talents everywhere so that to know how wrong and limited are those who suggest you need big club or Top5 leagues place to have something to offer for NT.

      • YES YOU DID and you’re completely missing the point, again.

        YOU MADE THIS STATEMENT: Now he and his Norwich can beat big stars of fetishized City. Enough said. Yes, he is NT material and does not need bi

        You’re trying to say there is evidence of smaller teams beating bigger teams “therefore” you don’t need big team players”.

        My point is that 99 out of 100 games, Norwich would have lost which completely counters your cherry picked anecdotal evidence.

        And now before you miscomprehend my words again, i’ll say this: You do not need big club or superstars to do well. Im sure there are example. However, probability wise (do you know what this means?), these players will beat lower tier clubs most of the time. Just like Real Madrid can lose every so often to shit clubs but in the long run, Real Madrid and their stars are wining the league, CL titles, and cups. Other examples at NT level are Spain 2010, Germany 2014, and France 2018, all filled with big club players and stars.

        Im sick and tired of you people using 1 example to back argument “YOU SEE NORWICH BEAT CITY THEREFORE I HAVE PROOF”. Sorry but that is just anecdotal and isn’t worth anything so you cannot use it as an argument. Do you get it?

        (also you say fetish for following big clubs, well you have a fetish for following small clubs. Same fetish, different type of club)

        • “Im sick and tired of you people using 1 example to back argument”

          …and they will not accept MANY EXAMPLES to back the argument that says “a player in his 30’s can still be decisive and more effective” 🙂
          cherry picking, yeah !

          .and they keep saying club performance is not important, but then what, they use club performance to call players to the NT !

        • Choripan,

          “You’re trying to say there is evidence of smaller teams beating bigger teams “therefore” you don’t need big team players”.

          Just like I asked you before to bring comment evidences for some things I didn’t said now you try to insinuate something without proof for that. Why you take your own word in quotation marks? Maybe this is desperate attempt to finally find something against me which you missed before. I asked you about proves of my comments of being Messi hater. WHere they are? You left without counterargument. So now you try to fabricate something but still you have not evidences cause nothing of the kind you’ve said has not imply of my words.

          don’t try distort my point. My point is apology of valuable players of small clubs (not trying to prove small clubs are better than big clubs which is absurday by same definition). Everything you may to do here is insinuation I’ve said something absurdal while I didn’t.

          “Yes, he is NT material and does not need big clubs to that or any evasive standards in kind of “he needs to prove himself yet”

          What’s that mean? That he does not need to be in big club to be valuable player in categories of NT and not that you need to play in small club to be NT material which is your perverse interpretation.

          I know it hurts when your favourite Aguero lost o someone such small as Buendia and Norwich but couldn’t you find better way to consolate yourself than trying to insinuate something that my comment does not imply.

          Everyone knows big clubs have more valuable players than small clubs but you can find such one also in small ones. THis is simplest clarification of the sense. At the same time that’s against people of narrow football horizons like you (which ignore a lot of good footballers from small clubs).

          • IF EVERYONE YOU CALL NT MATERIAL, ENDED UP IN THE NT, WE WOULD HAVE A SQUAD OF SAY, 1000 PLAYERS, BECAUSE YOU HAVE ZERO KNOWLEDGE OF FOOTBALL OUTSIDE YOUR LITTLE WORLD 🙂

            IT IS OK, GONZALO, DON’T BE UPSET, IT HAPPENS. 🙂

          • @gonzalo-pity-martinez aka looser
            and are you really hallucinating that copying my words will make stay away from criticizing your comments? you are really pathetic looser if you think so, as I still believe in those words because they are still FACTS, looser imbecile

        • Ebo,

          you better eat your own shit (enough to feast on for few years) cause this will always follow you. Words from deepest part of your mind:

          “Yeah, some will still come now and say, Messi’s presence is toxic. Mascherano was bullshit dictator who prevented young players from playing. ROJO is a bench warmer,Romero is useless, Mercado inconsistent, BAnega, so so, DiMAria headless Chicken, I bet Meza is better than most of these fucking player who can not even pass or receive the fucking ball. I bet they are better than these losers we have for a year now. and playing like shit. yeah once in a blue moon they play good, but inconsistent, worse than the inconsistency of DiMaria or Biglia or Mascherano. why, because they are young, they supposed to be good,
          those players who are described till today as ‘old guard’, ‘Messi’s package’, ‘club de amigos’ , ‘pecho frio’ ‘hijos de puta’ players that were disrespected, humiliated and discarded as if they never served their country, were monsters at the ages of the current ‘younger’ ‘better’ ‘ ‘future’ ‘more dependable’ players

          Some say, this guy or that guy should never be close to the NT, he is inconsistent, takes headless runs, has very few moments of magic, they are not playing for the shirt, they come in a package, I don;t Messi because of his friends, I don’t want Aguero because he wants to win for Messi, he does not care about Argentina, they don’t play for the shirt, they are chockers, losers, reached 4 finals in 9 tyears, but did not win any, and becasue of that bullshit the were calling for eliminating the best and take the worst just because they are part of ‘Messi’s club’ , those too are partners of the fucking Media that kept thrashing that golden generation, part of the corrupt AFA, and the part of the reason Argentina is in this situation right now. For fuck sake, since when the mighty Argentina had to depend on winning against nation like qatar to qualify for COPA AMERICA second round ans waiting other results to go in it’s advantage, and hell maybe qualify as one of 2 teams in best third out of three ?
          .
          now you can see why Messi’s club was, will always be the best Argentina generation ever produced. But WE chose to discard them like discarding garbage. humiliate them and spit on them when they are close to the end of their careers. So youo guys better stop with that fucking broken record as it is CLEAR AS A WHISTLE, THERE WERE NO BETTER PLAYERS TO TAKE THEIR PLACE.

          the ‘old guards’ who every one was/is blaming to hijack the team after 2014 and did not give chances for other players to play, put 6 past a stronger Paraguay last COPA, WE as FANS are left with this Argentina team to support, and we had no choice.

          some said It is Ok we are rebuilding for WC2022, Bullshit, using a major FIFA tournament as training ground, yeah it is very smart let us drop our best players , because they are old, reached 3 finals in a row but did not win, they are friends club, they are dicators, they are this and that, to give younger players more ‘international’ experience’ for WC2022. now you can see all that is Bullshit, they were there because there was not any better, and they were the best. even when they lost they still played 100 times better than this bunch of amateurs. What hey played today was street football, hell even worse. players have no quality at all, the coach will not teach you how to pass the ball and receive tha ball.

          let us give the younger ‘promising players’ experience in big tournaments. forgetting that we just humiliated the shirt of Argentina with players like this. Fuck this. I am out of this TOXIC fucking place till MAYBE, WC2022 because I WANT TO WITNESS, the likes of Locelso, Paredes, Depaul, Suarez, Dybala, and the rest of the overhyped gang winning the World cup and succeed where Messi and his package failed. I just hope that it will not be branded as ‘international Experience’ for WC2026”.

          • you just see what you want, like always, you only look from your extremely narrow angle, that’s all you got, copy and paste my only comment that gave you a glimpse of satisfaction. I STILL STAND BY MY WORDS, so don’t think that I am surprised or as yous said : “ashamed” , but it only shows you are DESPERATE TO SCORE POINTS AGAINST OTHERS. YOU ARE FAILING BIG TIME.
            WHY DON’T YOU COME WITH COUNTER ARGUMENTS TO MY WORDS INSTEAD OF JUST COPY PASTE, I BET YOU HAVE THAT SAVED FOR EASY ACCESS WHENEVER YOU HAVE NOTHING TO COUNTER MY ARGUMENTS, LOOOOOSER

          • “you better eat your own shit”
            NO, I WILL FEED YOU MY SHIT. AND SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS HERE LOOOOSER. WHAT SEEMS THE FACT IS THAT YOU ARE DESPERATE FOR ATTENTION, YOU INVENT THINGS, I TOLD YOU BEFORE, YOU NEED ATTENTION, GO FIND SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE RATHER THAN COMING HERE AND THERE PICKING UP LOSING ARGUMENTS WITH PEOPLE . GOOD THAT IT IS NOT JUST MESSI AND HIS FRIENDS THAT CAUSE YOU PAIN, NOW IT IS EBO, TOO. 🙂

            YUJ KNOW, MAN YTIMES I READ YOUR STUPID ARROGANT COMMENTS AND LET IT GO, BUT FROM NOW ON, I WILL POINT IT OUT TO YOU, YOU CAN COPY AND PASTE ALL YOU WANT.
            LOOOOSER

          • ““Im sick and tired of you people using 1 example to back argument”

            …and they will not accept MANY EXAMPLES to back the argument that says “a player in his 30’s can still be decisive and more effective”
            cherry picking, yeah !

            .and they keep saying club performance is not important, but then what, they use club performance to call players to the NT !”

            It seems that the above argument is hurting you deep, yet you can not counter that and come up with such an illusion of a man with ‘double-identity’. You ran away from that argument,too like you are running away now, coward! but I don’t blame you since you are depleted and bankrupt of counter arguments .

          • of course you will, since you lack any arguments, miserable looser!
            and every time you do, you will just be exposing your stupidity more. come up with counter argument to the context of my words, or simply,as I told you before, shut up. and that will be my answer.

          • “I know you, Ebo 😉

            you are everywhere. From Somalia to USA stadiums at the same time LOL”

            what Somalia and USA stadiums has to do with what we are talking about? you did not answer this, are you running away and utilizing misdirection again like always, imbecile ?

  7. Rojo will be far better than TAGLIAFICO. TAGLIAFICO should be a sub not starter. Rojo is better than TAGLIAFICO in pace,tackling height, aggressiveness, in going forward andat last in final touch too. What else we need from a full back.
    Otamendi is sometime very inconsistent like vs Croatia. We need replacement for Otamendi. Right now Foyth Martinez Rojo looks good.
    Do not blame Argentina defeat vs France on Rojo. Until he got substituted we conceded only one goal and that was
    too a penalty goal I think if he had played the whole game we would not have conceded any other goal.

    • Rojo is far better than Tagliafico is BS.
      If rojo was better than Tagliafico he would have been a starter for United when Shaw is injured…
      He is not even leaving the club….
      And if he wants to play as a CB He needs to play more often if he wants to be on the starting XI…. cause no one can move Tagliafico from that position….
      We got players like senesi, perez, martinez, romero rising up on the ladder….and they are playing regularly…. So that CB position got lots of competition so he needs to leave united….
      Paredes dybala also need to leave their club in January…..

      • All those player you mentioned must be playing in a shitty team not like Man united.And i want to say one day wonder of any small club is not enough for anything.Even Titans fall sometime.

    • This is what one of our greatest left-backs Juan Pablo Sorin said about Tagliafico: “Me gusta mucho como juega Tagliafico, me parece que es un tres a la antigua” ,”I really like how Tagliafico plays, I think he’s an old fashioned number 3 (i.e. a typical shirt number for a left-back in Argentina).

  8. Nico is a keeper and a hell of a fighter…..I love his intensity, he plays ANGRY and it shows in his eyes, he fights you for every inch but yet under control.
    Like they say: Its not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog.

  9. Happy to discover Icardi with PSG, I found that he played quite well during this last 20 minutes. He was about to create a 2nd goal with Di Maria and Neymar, there was no offside to me. I disagree with what Di Canio’s comments on Icardi. Basically he said that Icardi cannot do what a modern striker able to do because he’s too static bla bla bla. But I have watched him for years, I found him very fine technically and definitely has the quality to play outside the box. Maybe this PSG can allow him to change his playing style, be more versatile and involve more in creation. Then he can become really 1 of the best strikers.

    As usual, Di Maria’s performance was very extreme: very average when he need to stay on the left, especially with very poor decision making on his crossing. And then once Herrera replaced Sarabia, with more freedom, he suddenly became another player: his few crossing from the right almost lead to goals, his long shots were dangerous and his combination with Neymar was very interesting. We saw the real Di Maria that we loved to see with NT.

    • Shame on him but not fully his fault, on the 3nd goal, the guy cut in from an angle impossible for him to see, Stones should have communicated to him as well. After that, he tried hard to score on several corners but didn’t work. He’s still the most dangerous player on the corners. Anyway I don’t think this mistake will have any big impact on his playing time because Laporte is off for 6 months.

    • We should find replacement for him just now. He should be in Copa but no guarantee he will be solid. ATM we should continue with Quarta-Pezzella duo as it looked good in last game (of course not in the upcoming friendly when Quarta will not be available).

    • We still don’t know who’s our best CB pair.
      Otamendi, Pazella, Kanneman, Rojo, Funesmori, Lucas, Foyth, Balerdi, Romero…!
      Speed, concentration, technique, experience, everything very important in this position. Small error..you will be punished.
      Hope Scaloni will find the best pair at least before next Copa.

  10. Agree completely. Scaloni challenge is to free Tagliafico with some defensive responsibility and allow him the role that he enjoys at Ajax. The 4-3-3 that has helped us recently needs to be reworked and we saw that attempt against Mexico when we played with a 5 man midfield. One of our biggest opportunities is to get Tagliafico unshackled. Will add a big dimension to our shape and attacking capabilities

  11. Very enjoyable the game City-Norwich, the 1st time I saw Buendia playing, he seems to be the boss of this team, he manages every freekick and corners. Worth to follow. Lamela is also getting better and better. I found him quite interesting in this position of right attacking midfielder, his control and quick pass during counter attack is very valuable, defensively he is very helpful too. He combined very well with Son and Kane, Tottenham is becoming a great machine, if he can be in the starting 11, it’ll be great for him and for the NT.

  12. I can’t believe the number of people that want Rojo to replace him! So stupid! This guy is all in one like Lisandro Martinez. He has pace, skill, defensive awareness, can attack, intelligence, like Lisandro. He even has better aerial ability than Rojo. People are saying he should be in because he saved us v.s. Nigeria. I agree about that but if it weren’t for him we could have beaten France. What does Rojo have compared to Tagli? Nothing.

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