Fresh from their win against Brazil in Melbourne, the Argentina squad flew to Singapore the next day and have arrived at Changi Airport at about 4pm local time.
All the squad members and coaching staff were at present except for Gonzalo HIGUAIN and Nicolas OTAMENDI. Upon arriving, they headed straight to their hotel which is the Fullerton Bay Hotel. They were greeted by several fans who waited outside at the airport.
Of course the big question among the local media was the status of Lionel MESSI involvement in Tuesday’s night fixture?
Well much to the happiness of the local crowd, MESSI did joined the team on this trip and spent several hours with the rest of the squad at their hotel in Singapore. But later on he catches a flight to Catalunya where he is expected to finalized and renew his contract with Barcelona. From thereon, he will head straight to Rosario for his much talked about wedding.
The rest of the squad spent a couple of hours at their hotel. Later that night, they conducted their first training session in Singapore at the Bishan Stadium.
Meanwhile in the absence of Higuain and Mauro ICARDI still undergoing rehabilitation on his injury, Lucas ALARIO is likely to start as the center forward against Singapore.
A game without a single player that featured regularly in our squad. Interesting.
No i think ole’s prediction is wrong lol. Checkout the most probable lineup in our next forum. Some of our core players will start. i guess sampaoli intends to gel the main players.
Probable starting lineup for tuesday : Guzmán; Mammana, Fazio, Tagliafico; Salvio, Paredes, G. Rodríguez or I. Fernández, Acuña; A. Gómez, J. Correa or Lanzini; And Alario.
By the way Jose luiz gomez will travel back home today due to ruptured left meniscus during training. Also apparently Icardi’s positive progress during training means he could be playing during the singapore match.
the line up looks better.
Last game was for pride and this game is about money. Not bad. AFA needs some money now. They should arrange another friendly on end of july or begaining August. Team could gel up before the qualification match.
We waited and Icardi waited for his much anticipated return to NT (which in fairness would be been a proper debut) and what happens? He goes and gets injured. Typical.
I found this link of Pekerboys match. Maybe this will give you an idea of
the standard of Argentine youth football excellence. This is the reason why I said the current U20 team is far away from these standards set by yesteryears’ team. Enjoy. Ignore the German commentary.
I’ll try to find a time tomorrow for the match. And the more I’m just going to learn German 🙂
But still insist that current Argentina U-20 team was really good. You may rewatch and see game against England i.e. WOrld Champion.
I wish the opponents were a more competitive side. I can already see Argentina dominating at least 70%-80% of ball possession and the Singaporean goalkeeper having the busiest match of his life.
However it will interesting to see how the other unfamiliar faces making a case for their inclusion for the next round of WCQs.
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