Hangovers still give Argentinians a headache. Surprised at the start of this 2022 World Cup against Saudi Arabia (2-1), the team was to be the weakest in group C, here they are already at the foot of the wall. There will be no room for error against Mexico this Saturday. A defeat meant a premature end to the last World Cup played by Leo Messi in his career, even though the Albiceleste was still one of the big favorites only a few days ago. And to avoid a big disappointment, Lionel Scaloni is about to change a lot of things.
Initially, the Argentine press mentioned the possibility of making three changes to his starting lineup, but the coach should in reality dismiss half of his men defeated in the first match. The defense is particularly singled out. Entering the hour mark in place of Cristian Romero, Lisandro Martinez should this time start in this hinge alongside Nicolas Otamendi, who would shift to the right axis. On the left side, Nicolás Tagliafico would be sidelined in favor of Marcos Acuña, his replacement last Tuesday.
At least 5 changes in the XI are expected
Sports Tyc even claim that Nahuel Molina, holder against Saudi Arabia, and Gonzalo Montiel are vying for the position of right side. “No player stood out to save the team. Argentina never felt comfortable, even in the first half when they were leading. She had a lot of trouble getting out of the Saudi pressure”we explained Claudio Mauri, journalist at the nation. Everything is to be reviewed to avoid a new fiasco. The latest training and state of form of his troops allow Scaloni to act his decisions.
The middle is also about to change face, like the device moving from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3. The absence of Lo Celso from the World Cup forced the coach to change his habits, and it shows. Papu Gomez did not give satisfaction and it is therefore Enzo Fernández who is approached, but Alexis Mac Allister, who remained on the bench against the Saudis, is also applying. Yet singled out, Rodrigo De Paul and Leandro Paredes had to keep their place. Finally, there is one last possibility according to the press on site.
Messi shifted to the right?
A system change could also offer a place for Julian Alvarez. New darling of the national team, the Manchester City striker leaves a length behind Lautaro Martinez but his incorporation would force to lower, or dismiss, Angel Di Maria. “Let’s think about what’s to come”, warned Leo Messi after the defeat, his ankle still grimacing a little. With the 4-3-3, the Pulga will obviously be a starter but rather on the right side, and will be expected at the turn against his former coach at Barça, a certain Tata Martino.
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