Argentina always comes to the tournament with immense supports and expectations from all around the world. Most of the times, they have suffered from a lack of team effort. They have appeared in five finals with two titles in 1978 and 1986.
Some great legends like Diego Maradona, Di Stefano and Gabriel Batistuta represent the argentine whether the success rate was not up to the mark except the time of Maradona. Now Messi has also that glory and talent to win the trophy.
But the qualification round was struggling enough raising the question mark rightfully. Argentina successfully got qualified with poor performance including 4 losses and 7 draws. But they have got the best player of all time in their team backed other greats .
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Argentina Squad – (Confirmed)
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Franco Armani (River Plate), Willy Caballero (Chelsea)
Center Backs: Nicolas Otamendi (Man City), Marcos Acuna (Sporting), Christian Ansaldi (Torino), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax)
Full Backs: Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Federico Fazio (AS Roma), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Gabriel Marcado (Sevilla)
Midfielders: Ever Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Giovani Lo Celso (PSG), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Christian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Angel Di Maria (PSG)
Forwards: Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Leo Messi (FC Barcelona), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Kun Aguero (Man City), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus)
Though Argentina is affluent in Forwards, they are always in short of stars in defense. As par the talent Romero will be the number one for Sampaoli. He is not a star keeper in his club as well as the other alternatives. Franco Armani is well known in Argentine League but never tested outside North America. Willy Caballero may be the oldest but the most experienced goalkeepers played for Elche and Malaga in Spain. He was elected best goalkeeper alongside ThibautCoutois and KeylorNavas. So he might be the best option to guard the net for Argentina.
Argentina has really a bad reputation about their defense and it was proved frequently even in the qualifying round. They were almost eliminated and grab the ticket in their last match by a masterclass from Messi.
Nicolas Otamendi is a successful defender for his club. He has the skill but never translated well for his country. This might be the headache for Argentina. Marcus Acuna is favorite of Sampaoli as he appeared in most matches of qualifying round. The alternatives for center back will be Christian Ansaldi and Nicolas Taglifico. Hope they develop a good resistance in Argentine defense.
Javier Mascherano is a star player for Argentina. Former Barcelona defender is now playing in China Hebei Fortune. He is really effective other than his age or injury rush out. Marcos Rojo will share the other side with Mascherano who has also a good reputation.
But the luxury may mean suffocation for his team as Rojo also have strong relation with injury. In this place Argentine has a good backup by Federico Fazio a young superstar from AS Roma. Gabriel Marcado from Sevilla is also regular performer in La Liga.
From this position Argentina is going to display their strength. They have some spectacular midfielders including Angel Di Maria from PSG, Lucas Biglia from AC Milan and Ever Banega in Sevilla.
All of them are capable to place a good show in the tournament. Angel Di Maria is the biggest star and helped his club win the league. Lucas Biglia and Banega have also watchful campaign in this season although their team has a lack of consistency. The sidebench quality is skillful too.
Eduardo Salvio, Giovanni Lo Ceslo, Maximilianomezawill wait to replace their senior to taste the great FIFA World Cup.
This is the troublesome part for Argentina. They have ample gifted players who got deemed in actual occasion other than Messi. Messi is arguably the legend of his era and also backed up his team always leading from the front. But most of the occasion he has to fight alone in the battle.
Paulo Dybala might be the choice alongside Messi if Sampaoli want some real hype. The 24 year old already lead his club to the Champions League Final and raining goals for his country. Gonzalo Higuain and Kun Aguero is undoubtedly spectacular performer for their respective clubs.
But they miserably failed in big occasion for their country. If they can manifest their skill in the field Argentina might have the chance of winning the title. Manuel Lanzini is another young star waiting if there is any error from the biggies. But Sampaoli would miss the young man Mauro Icardi who is in a great exhibition for Inter Milan.
Argentina FIFA World Cup Schedule:
- 16 June, 2018 – Argentina v Iceland – Spartak Stadium, Moscow
- 21 June, 2018 – Argentina v Croatia – Nizhny Novogorod Stadium, Nizhny Novogorod
- 26 June 2018 – Argentina v Nigeria – Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Who will change the game?
In this question Leo Messi will be on top of the scenario. He has the ability to change a match singlehandedly. Don’t underestimate the young and spectacular Paulo Dybala. If Sampaoli organized this pair they can just kill others dream. Angel Di Maria is fast enough to break any defense. Aguero and Higuain may have the skill but poor demonstration in the past will send them back of those stars.
Argentina is always favorite and it is safe to say that they will top the table in group stage. They might pass the quarter final. But there are some question marks. Sampaoli is yet confused about his lineups. If he failed to use Dybala alongside Messi it may be another disaster for them eliminating from the quarter final.