Hey everyone, the starting lineup for tomorrow’s match World Cup Qualifying match against Venezuela has been released.
As we mentioned earlier today, SAMPAOLI tried out different scenarios in training and has ultimately decided on one of them. The following is the confirmed starting eleven for the match against Venezuela:
Argentina starting eleven against Venezuela
ROMERO; MASCHERANO, FAZIO, OTAMENDI; ACOSTA, PIZARRO, BANEGA, DI MARIA; MESSI, ICARDI, DYBALA
or (different formation)
ROMERO; MASCHERANO, FAZIO, OTAMENDI; DYBALA, PIZARRO, BANEGA; MESSI; ACOSTA, ICARDI, DI MARIA
Lautaro ACOSTA of Lanus comes in replacing Marcos ACUNA and Ever BANEGA (who was suspended for the match against Uruguay) will replace Lucas BIGLIA. Javier MASCHERANO returns to the Argentina line-up and plays his first match under Jorge SAMPAOLI as he starts as a defender in place of Gabriel MERCADO who is suspended. Hopefully this gives us more creativity in the midfield which was desperately needed in our last match vs Uruguay.
Argentine newspaper Ole speculations that this could be the formation used by SAMPAOLI:
Any opinions? What do you guys think? I like that BANEGA is coming as he will be the attacking midfielder we desperately need. I also think that ACOSTA’S speed will give us a different look as well.