Exequiel PALACIOS set to start ahead of Paulo DYBALA for Argentina versus Colombia

45

Exequiel PALACIOS has reportedly won a starting position in the Argentina team ahead of Paulo DYBALA.

The first training session following the team’s 3-0 win against Guatemala saw Paulo DYBALA in the training session. However, since that session, there’s been rumors that River Plate’s PALACIO would start instead of DYBALA. Per a report by TyC Sports, PALACIO has won his starting spot ahead of the Juventus forward. Here’s the rumored eleven for Argentina’s match against Colombia.

ARMANI; BUSTOS, PEZZELLA, FUNES MORI, TAGLIAFICO; BATTAGLIA, LO CELSO, PALACIOS; MEZA, ICARDI, MARTINEZ

Six of the eleven players who started against Guatemala would start this match. Those six being German PEZZELLA, Ramiro FUNES MORI, Nicolas TAGLIAFICO, Giovani LO CELSO, Exequiel PALACIOS and Gonzalo MARTINEZ.

45 COMMENTS

  1. Seeing our new Midfield makes me think, How on earth did Mascherano – Biglia played together for us for nearly 4 years?? Under Sabella, Tata, Bauza and Sampa? Ok Sabella started it in between the WC 2014. That’s okay considering the situation, Why on earth Tata, bauza and Sampaoli didn’t have the brains to change that combo.

    Hope Tata wont repeat the Mistakes.

  2. A Quick Reminder!

    Our friend KidultHood supports Colombia and has become Argentina hater as he said in his last comment on Mundo. I hope he is gonna watch the game! 😀😀

  3. Armani
    Rulli
    Romero

    Saravia
    Bustos
    Mori
    Pezella
    Otamendi
    Tagliafico
    Acuna

    Battaglia
    Ascacibar
    Peredes
    Palacio
    Lo celso
    A Correa
    Cervi
    Pity
    Messi/Meza/Lanzini

    Icardi
    Dybala
    Lautaro/Aguero

    This will be my squad for Copa. If everything stands more or less like now.

    It’s too early to make a choice, especially the 2 starting CBs. The most crucial for us.. Pezella must continue. Both Otamendi n Mori are not a regular starter now. continuing the experiment of Pezella-Mori, with later having less playing time is a big risk.

    • Lanzini still will not be fit I suppose.

      I believe whole the young group may show good chemistry within some time and build special kind of brotherhood with few friendlies more. They know they are young, they know they are begins of something new, part of something fresh. A lot of them debuted now together. The rest also is at the beginnings. It’s better to leave them together with the fresh mentality of pioneers, NEW WAVE and they will understand each other best. No need to mix them with mentality of players like Otamendi or Aguero, players that lost too much with NT. It’s better not to spoil the youngsters showing them players who are feeling as if they had guaranteed place in NT. We need fighting group with new spirit.

      The only player that should be considered are Romero and Messi. But Messi not sooner than on Copa.

    • Saravia – I think so. But the second RB for me it’s between Bustos/Leonardo Godoy (Talleres) who yet should be tested as he is probably best RB recently in league.

      Just like for LB should be tested Fabrizio Angileri finally. Acuna is not natural LB.

      • Absolutely agree Gonzalo Angeleri should’ve been called up, he and Abcecasis were the 2 best fullbacks in Argentina the entire last season and continue to be so this season as well. Angeleri is 28 and I guess Scaloni is thinking about 2022 so I understand why he picked Bustos and Saravia but Angeleri has legit potential.

    • Mine would be in a 4-3-3 formation.

      Romero
      Rulli
      Armani

      Mercado
      Bustos
      Mori
      Pezella
      Franco
      Tagliafico
      Acuna

      CM:
      Battaglia
      Ascacibar
      Peredes
      Palacio
      Lo Celso

      RW:
      Messi
      Dybala

      LW: (2 of the following 4 players)
      Pity/Pavon/Lanzini/Angel Correa

      FW:
      Icardi
      Lautaro
      Aguero

  4. So Dybala out means more fluidity in the buildup. Expecting more or less the same performance shown against Guatemala, no matter what the result is. If Funes Mori is out of the side even better.
    And really baffled by some people still calling for the Agueros and Otamendis.

    • Dybala is going thru some personal issues which has his confidence and fitness at a very low. Glad he isn’t playing. Every player has to earn his place and please no more top club players first preference.
      Aguero as far as the NT is concerned is a waste of space and the most irritating guy to watch in NT shirt. Otamendi is way too overrated. Hope we’ve seen the last of them.

  5. Palacios is starting over dybala who is more of a play maker /passer enganche player (19yrs old) than dybala…if the formation was a 4-2-3-1… dybala would have started

  6. I think Scaloni didn’t prefer Palacios to Dybala, he’s just more comfortable with a 3-men midfield against a team like Columbia which press high intensively. Personally I like this 4321 is almost my favorite system. There are several variation in the midfield:
    1) 1 DM behind 2 box to box, for example: France
    2) 1 regista behind 2 box to box: Juve
    3) 1 regista behind 1 DM in a more advanced position and 1 CM: Chelsea

    I like the option 3 with Paredes as regista like Jorginho, Ascacibar or Battaglia in Kante’s role and Lo Celso or Palacios in Kovacic’s role.

    In attack, seems that Scaloni is keen to use 1 striker, 1 creator/9-half and 1 winger, which is also my favorite formula. If it’s really the case, Pity and Dybala will be in compeition. I guess if Dybala plays, then Cervi or Vargas may be used on the left, the opposite side. If Pity plays, then it will be either Angel Correa or Pavon on the right, even though, in my opinion, Pavon is better on the left. There are also options like Ocampos on the left and Rigoni on the right.

  7. If Dybala is dropped for disciplinary reasons, I like Scaloni. Make a statement. No one is bigger than the team, the nation. Something keeps coming about Dybala. He need to leave Juve also.

  8. Hope for the best, Meza over Dybala is a head scratching decision, May be Dybala was late, So couldn’t adapt to the system in a Hurry?? Valid reason.

    • What I hear is..exclusion of Dybala is a mix of footballing reason as well as disciplinary. He joined late in the squad due to personal reason and he is not in his great form. Also, the formation Scaloni wants doesn’t suit well to Dybala..!

  9. ………………………Armani

    ………………Pezzella…..Funes Mori
    Bustos………………………………………Tagliafico

    ……………………..Battaglia
    ……………Lo Celso……….Palacios

    ……Meza……………………………….Martinez
    ……………………….Icardi

  10. I like what Scaloni is trying here. Pezzella and Mori needs to play together as much as possible. Centre backs and Goalkeeper’s chemistry is very important . I would have preferred Rulli to start again!

Comments are closed.