Argentina coach Lionel SCALONI talks injuries ahead of friendly matches

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Argentina coach Lionel SCALONI spoke about the number of injuries which have hit his squad and the fitness of players.

As Argentina are set to play two friendly matches against Iraq and Brazil in Saudi Arabia, coach SCALONI will be missing a few players due to injury. Speaking to the media ahead of the match against Iraq, here is what he had to say:

“The travel is a killer. It’s 28 hours of flying to get there (Saudi Arabia) one day before the match to be evaluated. With that, I lost the chance to call-up other players. The decision was that they wouldn’t come and I believe it’s the best decision.

“The decision since we have been here is not to risk anyone, above all those who were injured recently and the risk is higher. We have fully confidence in them, that they want to be here and that’s the most important thing.

“It doesn’t bother me as a coach because I prefer that they come healthy. If they themselves let me know that they aren’t well, there’s nothing more for me to add.

“I got involved and I spoke personally. I have no doubt at all. It’s logical that it (the matches) being in between the Copa Libertadores is one more talking point for people.”

As mentioned in previous posts, Exequiel PALACIOS, Gonzalo MARTINEZ, Alan FRANCO, Cristian PAVON and Franco ARMANI will all miss the two matches.

16 COMMENTS

  1. ………………..keeper…………..

    Saravvia…pazzela….. otamendi…taglia…..

    …………….battalgia…….peredes…………

    ……..Dybala ……locelso……….d Paul…….

    ……………………..icardi……………………..

  2. How strong is current Iraq Mamoun? Their results are not bad at all, but rarely plays against top teams out of Asia. Almost never, the last 3 occasions were vs Brazil 0:6 in 2012, vs Chile 0:6 is 2013 and vs Peru 0:2 in 2014, 4 years ago., but this would be a brand new team since then. Stronger?

  3. It’s OK. Pity’s absence may allow to test the pair Dybala-Angel Correa behind Icardi or other forward striker. Palacios’s absence may also allow to try Paredes as 6, with Lo Celso and Battaglia or Ascacibar in a slightly more advanced position. It’s good to see now we have at least 2 even 3 options per position(except GK and fullbacks). Fundamentally should be the same system as the previous games, which is 4321.