Argentina's games in the WC should be a lesson to anyone who wanted to make Barca more "direct" last season. It can't get more direct than a Gago-Mascherano double pivot with Di Maria, Messi, Higuain, AgŁero/Lavezzi/Palacio upfront. Yet it doesn't change anything. Teams defend deep, double and triple mark Messi and give Argentina the ball (highest possession team in the tournament lawl) because they are shitscared to give that front 4 space. Once teams want to defend in numbers they will do so. No matter double pivot with Messi behind a striker or Xavi dictating the middle with Messi as a false 9.