With the entire list of players now being announced and two matches behind us, how has Argentina coach Jorge SAMPAOLI done so far?
When Jorge SAMPAOLI was given the reigns of the Argentina National Team, the team was (and some could say still is) in disarray. A mess in World Cup Qualifiers, fans (myself included) angry at the inclusion of certain players, the lack of fresh new (and young) faces and the list can go on and on. However, with two matches behind us and now two lists being released, it’s safe to say the tide is slowly changing.
A 1-0 friendly match victory against Brazil may not seem like much on paper, especially since the Brazilians were missing a few players, but for a team who was (is?) massively struggling, playing their first match under their second new coach in less than a year against one of the better organized teams in world football with some improvement on the pitch… A 1-0 victory seems like a big moral booster.
The second match was a demolition of Singapore. Many new faces, Leandro PAREDES, Manuel LANZINI just to name two of them, a better playing style and just a breath of fresh air, the team could be seen as being on the right path.
Now, the big test is upon them. Away to Uruguay in the World Cup Qualifiers. The thought of seeing Lionel MESSI partner up with Paulo DYBALA and Mauro ICARDI (at last) for Argentina leaves me salovating at the idea. Having Leandro PAREDES, Augusto FERNANDEZ, Marcos ACUNA, Manuel LANZINI and even Javier PASTORE as midfield choices makes it that much better. Throw in a competent coach at the helm and excuse me for being optimistic about our chances of winning!
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