Edgardo BAUZA spoke to the media about Mauro ICARDI, the starting line-up and much more.
BAUZA stated that they are following 60 Argentinian players, hinted at his attack and also about the goalkeeping position, MASCHERANO and more. Here’s what he had to say:
“From the start, I think MESSI, AGUERO, PRATTO and DI MARIA… Those four. It could be those four, why not? That’s the idea… that’s the idea.”
BAUZA also hinted that against Uruguay he could use a 4-2-3-1 (which would likely be his main formation) but also a 4-4-2 and that at the top (of the 4-2-3-1) it could be PRATTO. Part of the starting line-up against Uruguay could look like this:
ROMERO; MAS (ROJO is suspended for the first game due to Copa final red card), FUNES MORI, OTAMENDI, MERCADO; MASCHERANO, FERNANDEZ or BIGLIA or BANEGA.
If SABELLA and MARTINO’s teams were balanced:
“Of course, they reached finals. I hear the word failure (about the team not winning). How is it a failure? They reached finals! After that, of course, they lost. Argentinians wants to kill them all. But it’s all in the fine details.”
BAUZA has also spoken to MARTINO on the phone and he’s working on a list of 60 players which he is following. BUFFARINI, FAZIO and LAVEZZI are among that list of 60. Other names included in the 60 are:
ICARDI, RULLI, MARCHESIN, Nacho PIATTI, CALLERI, OCAMPOS, CERVI, ALARIO, MAS, Jose Luis GOMEZ, ASCACIBAR, PAVON, Seba BLANCO, RUBEN, TEVEZ and GAGO.
“We’re keeping track of them all but we’re also thinking about the future of the National Team and there’s great players which we don’t know if they will make it to Russia in the same form they’re in today.”
“ICARDI, just like any other Argentinian player, I’m going to follow. He’s among the 60 players. And if he has to be called-up, he’ll be called-up. I have no problems with any player. I start at 0 with everyone.”
About DEMICHELIS being included:
“I want him to transmit his experiences to the young players. Maybe I’ve called great players who don’t play and young players like ALARIO that don’t play often but I’m looking for them to start experiencing the National Team.”
About what he looks for in a goalkeepers:
“Stability. And that’s what he (Sergio ROMERO) has always brought to the National Team. Before him, we would change goalkeepers all the time but ROMERO has cemented himself as the starting goalkeeper.”
If MASCHERANO could play as a defender:
“I wouldn’t discard it. But OTAMENDI and FUNES MORI are playing really well and it’s for that reason I think of MASCHERANO as a midfielder, for now.”