(CNN Spanish) — Since assuming the technical direction of the Argentina national team, Lionel Scaloni has shown that his vision of football applied with the enviable talents of the albiceleste players, plus the mixture of youth and experience, are a dangerous combination for any rival. Today the ‘Scaloneta’ arrives at the World Cup with an unbeaten record that could become the greatest in the history of any team.
The road was not short or joyous from the beginning. After the painful failure of Argentina in the 2018 World Cup in Russia by Jorge Sampaoli and despite his zero experience in managing clubs, Lionel Scaloni’s passage through the youth categories of the Argentine team (he was champion of the Under-20 tournament of the Alcudia) was enough for the AFA to decide on him to restructure the image of Argentine football. A bet that initially was not well received in all sectors and that generated mistrust among some.
The joys of the ‘Scaloneta’
A year after his debut, he obtained third place in the 2019 Copa América. This is how he turned off the criticism and mistrust that his appointment brought. The process until then would lead the AFA to ratify him in office for the South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022.
With the certainty that a third place was not enough to convince the demanding Argentine fans, Scaloni set a goal and he has achieved it. Since his defeat against Brazil in that Copa América, he has not lost a single match. He was second in the South American qualifiers, undefeated in that classification, and brought the number of games without losing to 36 this November. He is only one game away from tying Italy’s all-time record (2018-2021).
In the middle he got the cherry on the cake: beat Brazil at the Maracana to win the 2020 Copa América, played in 2021, and thus break a 28-year streak without international titles. Lionel Messi’s first senior team title is one the Argentines will not forget, and it was the impetus to go for glory in Qatar 2022.
It is also worth noting the Finalissima, the victory against Italy in the match between the champions of Europe and South America.
4 years have passed since his debut on September 8, 2018 against Guatemala. Here we present the balance of him as technical director of the Argentina team, as compiled by the Transfermarket site
Games played: 50
Wins: 3. 4
The artillery commanded by Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martínez, Paulo Dybala and Ángel Di María has scored a total of 101 goals while the team has been scored 29 times.
Scaloni’s team arrived in Qatar with a winning streak: over Estonia (5-0), Honduras (3-0), Jamaica (3-0) and the United Arab Emirates (5-0).
How far will Argentina reach the World Cup? This will be known as of this November 22 when the albiceleste play in Qatar.
With information from Sebastián Jiménez