The Argentina National Team starts this Tuesday his walk in the World Cup Qatar 2022, where she is one of the great candidates to win the title, against Saudi Arabia, a match valid for the Group C, shared with Mexico and Poland.
It will be the beginning of the ‘last dance’ of the Argentine star Lionel Messi, who arrives at the Qatari fair as the undisputed leader of an Argentine team that has its sights set on the third world title in its history, after those achieved in Argentina 1978 and Mexico 1986.
La Albiceleste he appears before the rival, a priori, more ‘friendly’ of his group. The duel arrives in the best conditions to confirm this favoritism and avoid the first doubts that could appear if the result is not positive for the Argentines.
Those led by lionel scaloni have only played one warm-up friendly since the coach offered the 26 player roster, with the overwhelming victory 0-5 against United Arab Emirates. The Argentine gear was still greased, with a attack zone that works like a charmled by a Messi who arrives wanting to amaze and win the only trophy he lacks.
However, from the Argentine coaching staff there is some concern about the physical state of the ’10’who trained alone on Saturday for his Achilles tendon problem. Her evolution in the last hours will mark her presence or not in the debut of one of the top candidates.
Instead, although the iMessi’s influence is enormous in this group, Scaloni has enough pieces to craft, with or without the rosarino, a competitive ‘eleven’. However, physical problems forced the technician to do without Nicolas Gonzalez and Joaquin Correagiving entry to the squad to the Atlético de Madrid footballer, Angel Correa and the Atlanta United player, Thiago Almada.
There are no doubts in the goal, since it will occupy Emiliano Martinez. Ahead, the defensive line goes ‘on a run’ with Molina and Acuna on the sides and Romero and Otamendi as central. The red and white De Paul, Predes and Mac Allister would be the owners of the midfield, with an offensive phase made up of Lautaro, Di Maria and Messi, who could be replaced by Angel Correa or Paulo Dybala if it does not reach one hundred percent physically.
scaloni He has known how to weave some firm wickerwork to support a team that is losing talent and that arrives as the current champion of the America Cup -first trophy in 28 years- and the Finalissima. Proof of his good work is the stratospheric dynamics in which the Argentine team lives, which has not lost since the semifinals of the Copa América in 2019, a streak of 36 games without defeat, just one duel away from equaling the best mark in the history of the senior teams, after Italy will reach 37 unbeaten duels between 2018 and 2021.
in front will be a Saudi Arabia who has a company that seems obscure, given the wide difference in level a priori, between both teams. She is the ‘Cinderella’ of the group, although its affordable condition could favor that ability to surprise the biggest teams. It will be his second consecutive World Cup. after his participation in Russia 2018, when he was eliminated in the group stage.
Scratching something positive in the duel against Argentina would allow the Asians to direct the dream of the round of 16a phase that has not reached since its debut in the World Cups in 1994. However, their realistic objective will be to avoid the last square, by presenting the worst FIFA ranking of the entire tournament (51).
More shots arrive than Argentina, since They have played eight games since September, with only two wins (Iceland and North Macedonia). The Saudis will hide behind their great result as leaders of their World Cup qualifying group, ahead of teams like Japan and Australia.
In 2012, he ‘scratched’ a goalless draw against Argentina, and they will entrust most of their options to the talented al-dawsari, author of seven goals in the qualifying, and the national hero by converting the 2-1 win against Egypt in the last edition.
Group C / Date 1
Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia
Referee: Slavko Vincic (Slovenia)
Hours: 4:00 a.m., Central Mexico time
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DT: Lautaro Martinez
DT: Herve Renard