Argentina in Russia 2018: Messi and 22 other players

Argentina in Russia 2018: Messi and 22 other players

The performance in the World Cup of the national team is unknown. His classification was very discreet and if not for Messi, would have been out of the tournament.

Argentina qualified in the last match of the South American eliminatory, when defeating Ecuador 1a 3 in Quito, with triplet of its star Lionel Messi. That match summarizes the tortuous path of the albiceleste that went through three technicians in the process: Gerardo Martino, Edgardo Bauza and the current one, Jorge Sampaoli.

In addition, Messi had to be persuaded to return to wearing the shirt after resigning in 2016, after failing from the 12 steps and losing the final of the Copa América on penalties against Chile.

But achieved the goal, these were the 23 that Sampaoli chose to play in Russia 2018. There was only one change for injury: Nahuel Guzman for Sergio Romero:

The 23 chosen from Argentina


Franco Armani (31 years old - River)
Wilfredo Caballero (36 - Chelsea)
Nahuel Guzmán (32 - Tigres UANL)


Gabriel Mercado (31 - Seville)
Federico Fazio (31 - Rome)
Nicolás Otamendi (30 - Manchester City)
Cristian Ansaldi (31 - Torino)
Nicolás Tagliafico (25 - Ajax)
Marcos Rojo (28 - Manchester United)


Ever Banega (29 - Seville)
Javier Mascherano (33 - Hebei Fortune)
Eduardo Salvio (27 - Benfica)
Lucas Biglia (32 - Milan)
Angel Di Maria (30 - PSG)
Giovani Lo Celso (22 - PSG)
Manuel Lanzini (25 - West Ham)
Maximiliano Meza (26 - Independent)
Marcos Acuña (26 - Sporting Lisbon)


Lionel Messi (30 - Barcelona)
Sergio Agüero (29 - Manchester City)
Gonzalo Higuaín (30 - Juventus)
Paulo Dybala (24 - Juventus)
Cristian Pavón (22 - Boca)

How does Argentina play?
Apparently, we should summarize the game of the national team with the joke that surrounded the Chicago Bulls in the 90s: "And then everyone passes it to Jordan." In this case it would be that everyone gives it to Messi. For some reason, neither Martino nor Bauza managed to get the great individuals to join in the benefit of an attractive and collective game.

With Sampaoli, there are still no clear traces of what we can see in the World Cup. The win that gave him Spain, 6 to 1, in one of the friendlies, generated many more doubts. But the elimination left two modifiable schemes: 3-4-2-1, when Argentina needs the victory (it was the drawing against Uruguay, Venezuela and Ecuador) and the 4-2-3-1, when the rival has height and arrival ( Peru).

The line of three in defense is formed by Mercado, Mascherano and Otamendi. From there the names are modified according to each rival. If we take into account the group to face: Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria , this formula is likely to be imposed, but to the extent that the competition demands, it must adjust in defense, because Argentina is a very short team in the last line . Here you can see the complete schedule of Russia 2018 with all the matches of Argentina in the first round.

Possible 11 of Argentina
With Romero's surprise injury, Armani assumes the ownership of the goal. From there he would align like this: Mercado, Mascherano, Otamendi; Banega and Biglia; Lo Celso, Messi, Pavón, Di María, and Agüero.

Despite having great goalscorers from all leagues (Messi, Agüero, Higuaín, Dybala), the runners-up of Brazil 2014 and the Copa América of 2015 and 2016, he had a dismal average of goals in the tie (he scored only 19). Then Sampaoli's "Bielsista" inheritance will be put to the test in this tournament that privileges the result over philosophy and a fan that always repeats: Of the second nobody remembers.



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