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Zabaleta: Argentina better with 4-3-3 logo 16-06-2014

By Greg Stobart in Rio de Janeiro

Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta has called on coach Alejandro Sabella to continue with a three-man attack and admits his side must improve on Sunday's victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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The Albiceleste started their tournament with a 2-1 victory over the World Cup debutants at the Maracana but appeared to struggle with the 5-3-2 system selected to start by coach Alejandro Sabella.

Sabella changed in the second half to the 4-3-3 system used by the Albiceleste during their qualifying campaign – and defender Zabaleta believes his side were more comfortable after the switch.

“There are always things you can improve. Now we have the chance to relax until the next match and the coach can take lessons from what happened today, and work to improve it,” the Manchester City defender told reporters.

“In the second half, with the 4-3-3, we returned more to what we always do, to give more balance, to not over-expose ourselves, and up front we could make the difference.

“It is the system that gave us so much success in qualification, the one we feel most comfortable with because it gives us more players up front, giving the opposition more problems.

“I think the change gave us more attacking potential. The reality is that, playing with three forwards, you give the opposition more problems, and create more chances.”

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