La Albiceleste had made a poor start in their bid to qualify for the 2018 Finals in Russia prior to today, taking just five points from their first games and needed a big performance against last year's Copa America winners.
The Everton defender featured for the full 90 minutes as the Argentines came back from going a goal down after 11 minutes to win 2-1 in Santiago.
Paris St Germain winger Angel di Maria equalised in the 20th minute and Gabriel Mercado fired what would prove to be the winner five minutes later.
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2 Posted 25/03/2016 at 06:16:06
He showed his class when played as part of a well drilled, professionally coached defensive system and if anything the game went a long way to showing up some of Martinez's failings. When you think how much time he has to prepare his defence compared with Argentina's international coach, and for Funes Mori to look so good for Argentina, speaks volumes to me of our manager's unsuitability to manage at the highest level.
Once again, well done Funes Mori.
4 Posted 25/03/2016 at 08:25:59
5 Posted 25/03/2016 at 09:26:14
He started out playing like that for us and was very impressive despite having little Premier League experience.
As the season has progressed, you can see the effects of Martinez's philosophy on defending because Funes Mori has become less of that tough tackling defender and has started to try and play the ball more rather than focus on defending first.
Martinez is coaching all of the defensive skills out of our defenders and trying to turn them into ball players. Funes Mori is going backwards defensively as has John Stones.
6 Posted 25/03/2016 at 09:31:52
7 Posted 25/03/2016 at 09:32:15
8 Posted 25/03/2016 at 09:57:44
That is down to regular games in the Premier League and successful work by Martinez and his coaching staff.
Funes Mori is not playing with confidence for his country IN SPITE of Martinez but BECAUSE of him.
9 Posted 25/03/2016 at 12:15:21
If Funes Mori is regularly playing well for Argentina but also regularly playing for an Everton side with a defence like a sieve, it's not rocket science to think he won't hang around long.
10 Posted 25/03/2016 at 13:07:03
11 Posted 25/03/2016 at 13:57:02
Good to see Ramiro cementing his place in the Argentina back line, great for his confidence.
12 Posted 25/03/2016 at 14:02:19
14 Posted 25/03/2016 at 16:56:08
Peter, I don't think so regarding Martinez. Funes Mori already knew how to defend properly before he got to Everton, thanks to his time at FC Dallas, and River Plate. Watching him for Everton, it appears he has regressed. Then, thankfully, he gets to go train with a good manager and coaches and regains his form before coming back to Everton. Watch over the next few games for Everton and see, it will be obvious.
Heck, even Jags and Stones will look better for a while after training with someone else.
15 Posted 25/03/2016 at 17:12:51
Maybe Funes Mori is a good technical player for his country, but as a no-nonsense centre-back for Everton in the Premier League, looking at all the goals we keep letting in, the jury is still out.
17 Posted 25/03/2016 at 18:16:25
18 Posted 25/03/2016 at 19:15:12
If I'm reading it right, that comment is mind-boggling in its absurdity.
19 Posted 25/03/2016 at 19:36:25
As with John Stones, Martinez is ruining a very good defender by trying to turn him into something he isn't and never will be. With Argentina, he trains and is coached to play as he should be, hence they get the best from him.
20 Posted 25/03/2016 at 19:45:09
21 Posted 25/03/2016 at 20:15:36
Cheap shot, Jim. The coaching at FC Dallas and even River Plate is no guarantee for success in the Premier League. It was his coaching at Everton which has made him better at dealing with all types of football.
How has he "regressed"? He has gone from a type of player chosen for friendly internationals to what looks like a mainstream ever-present. And that wasn't down to FC Dallas or River Plate.
22 Posted 25/03/2016 at 22:31:50
24 Posted 25/03/2016 at 22:41:00
Martinez is a disaster of a manager for any defender... he'd of made Puyol, Bobby Moore and Tony Adams look average!
Any improvement Funes Mori has made must surely be down to the higher quality of players he now plays against every week??
25 Posted 25/03/2016 at 23:15:21
Says a lot!
26 Posted 26/03/2016 at 01:49:51
As for Funes Mori, watch his last three games for Everton and watch the entire game versus Chile. If you can't see what I am talking about, I can refer you to a good ophthalmologist.
27 Posted 26/03/2016 at 08:43:50
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