Fernando BATISTA named new coach of Argentina U20 team

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Fernando Batista with AFA president Claudio Tapia.

Fernando BATISTA has been named as the new coach of the Argentina U20 team.

It will all be up to BATISTA to lead the new generation of Argentina players. There were rumors that Pablo AIMAR, Lionel SCALONI or Lucas BERNARDI would manage the team but the official confirmation came on Wednesday that it would be BATISTA.

He has previously worked with San Lorenzo, Argentinos Juniors and was Claudio UBEDA’s assistant when UBEDA was coaching the U20 team.

Esteban SOLARI, Cristian PALANDELLA and Gustavo PINERO will be a part of the coaching staff. SOLARI would be his assistant, PALANDELLA as fitness coach and PINERO in charge of the goalkeepers.

He’ll manage the team at next month’s South American U20 tournament from the 17th of January until the 10th of February with a spot at next year’s U20 World Cup to be held in Poland to play for.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Fernando Batista hinted that barco will be there in squad which I am not sure how I feel about it. I think he is not completly overcome the scandal moreover there are also other players to play in his position right now.

    • We should absolutely continue on Sudamericano with the players from COTIF tournament plus 2 crack additions like Almada and De La Vega. Contuinity is clue here. It’s better to work regularely with players that are allowable there in Argentina all week instead expectate for foreigners like Barco and Garre to collect together:

      …………………….Pourtau
      ……………..Balerdi……Avila
      Mura…………………………………..Pereyra
      ……………..Ayala………Almendra
      …Barreal………….Almada……….De La Vega

      ……………………….Gaich

      We might add also 2 River promising youngsters: Cristian Fereyra and Julian Alvarez who had played in CL final.

      • That is true for playing 11 but in squad we can include players like Garre, maxi romero, benj. Garay to check how they are compatible with team and to bring necessary changes if it is needed.

  2. Watched this psg-red star 2 days ago, Di Maria as usual, sometimes brilliant with his freekick(1 assist) or passing(almost another assist) but most of the time he disappeared during the match. Much better in a more central position or on the right, definitely not a left winger anymore as he doesn’t have the endurance and pace/physical impact for 1 on 1. Really I don’t see what he can bring to the NT anymore. Maybe as a sub for an inverted winger on the right for his corners/freekicks or short dribbles. Even that, Lamela and Dybala can do as well.

  3. Going to be tough for next year U20. Honestly I think this current U20 team is less stronger than the previous one. Only 2 players caught my attention: de la vega and barco.

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