Diego PEROTTI makes new list for November friendlies!


Jorge SAMPAOLI has revealed a new list for the November friendlies with Diego PEROTTI included in the squad.

We know Argentina will play Russia but we don’t know who they will face in their second friendly of the same month. Here is the list down below. Notable omissions: Manuel LANZINI and Enzo PEREZ. Anyone else? Looks like HIGUAIN has been left out again. Two new faces: Matias KRANEVITTER and Diego PEROTTI. What does everyone think?


Federico FAZIO

Eduardo SALVIO
Marcos ACUNA
Emiliano RIGONI
Aleandro GOMEZ

Lionel MESSI

If any of these players are not able to make it, there are eight players who Jorge SAMPAOLI has as backups: Joaquín Correa, Angel Correa, Guido Pizarro, Emanuel Mammana, Giovanni Lo Celso, Manuel Lanzini, Gerónimo Rulli & Emanuel Insua.  He also revealed that he is closely monitoring the recoveries of both Ramiro FUNES MORI and Marcos ROJO.

In terms of the local based players: Darío Benedetto (Boca), Enzo Pérez & Nacho Fernández (River) would be the local players that are picked. Also, there will be a fourth player that gets picked and that would come from either:  Fabricio Bustos (Independiente), Pablo Pérez (Boca) or Lautaro Acosta (Lanús).




  1. One thing he looks for is Small Partnerships, Either at Club level they are playing together or may be before they used to play well together, Thats a great concept, Because we don’t have the luxury like Germany or Spain where players are used to play together for clubs so its easy to form a team.

    Messi, Dimaria, Aguero Combo, goes way back since Under 20’s it haven’t clicked till now for us since Sabella era in large but it could be lethal.

    Paredes, Kranevitter, Rigoni

    Banega, Pizzaro, Mercado

    Dybala, Higuain(Ooopppsss) well etc etc.

  2. One name i am really happy to see is LO CELSO, He is for future, But glad he is in Sampa’s set up.

    Rulli, Bustos, Foyth, Barboza, Tagliafico, Ascacibar, Paredes, Lo Celso, Lanzini, Dybala, Icardi

    Hows that for future 11??(Its not world beaters may be but its a nice combo i guess just imagining, it may be bad too) Sometimes putting all the Gold in one Bowl may not work well, its football who knows.

  3. Happy with the squad & rumoured local players; would’ve been very good if included Lanzini & One more CB (may be sampaoli’s preferred Mammana r Mussachio)

  4. I dont like the idea of playing Mascherano as a defender, i still prefer him in midfield.

    I am also not comfortable with this team without a proper left back.

    There are too many wingers:
    Papu GOMEZ

    And we do not have enough defenders.

    • actually left wing looks fine now. Right wing needs option. Hope Sampaoli starts using Di Maria on right wing. Di Maria can play right also & that will bring lot more stability .

    • I don’t know why Sampaoli likes wingers. It’s better to have overlapping wing backs rather than conventional wingers. We were fine without wingers with Sabella. It was fucking Tata who brought The idea of wingers. And with that came Messi scoring struggle. The match against Ecuador proved again that we don’t need wingers only overlapping fullbacks. This is one of the reasons Messi and other forwards struggle to create effective attacks because with wingers the midfield is left empty. But look when we had Di Maria, Enzo and Biglia in a compact midfield, Messi was able to influence the game. Because there was no need for him to come deep. Last time Di Maria gave us a game to remember was vs Germany in a friendly. He was playing as an AM.
      I like it that Sampaoli sees Acuna as a LWB not a LW because he is attacking minded, he can overlap with easy. 7I hope Salvio can do the same. Mind you, Dani Alves and Marcelo were wingers before they transformed into fullbacks.

      Anyway, I want to see more tactical variation from Sampaoli. I hope now that the pressure is off, I hope he is brave enough to test all players he calls up with and test different formations. Argentina needs to be tactically flexible to suit different situations and players. Not just one predictable same old one trick pony tactics of Tata Martino. There might come times at the WC when we might need more goalscorers on the pitch to push for winner/equalizer or midfielders to make life hard for the opposition if we are leading. These are things I want to see happen between now and the summer.

  5. The only thing I don’t like about this list is Banega’s, but there isn’t really someone better. Would have liked to see Enzo Perez, but I can live with it.

  6. Messi
    They are confirmed for Russia in my opinion and others will compete I think. No complain because it is better working with same group instead changing whole Squad since we have limited time. I am sure couple of youngsters will follow aswell once we sorting our first XI and playing style.

    • i think banega is also in .
      hope lanzini & joaquin correa makes the final cut. I am very optimistic on J Correa doing very well in coming days.

      • I hope laz makes it as well but I understand if he does not as hes been out injured for a while and is only just returning from that.
        ban I just don’t get nay more.

  7. Coach should think deep of new defenders .I think he has to cover defence area with good professinal and strong players
    No problem in our forward area

  8. Sampaoli is a very sensible coach, what he said about Messi and Dybala partnership

    Sampaoli: “I will try to complement Messi and Dybala”
    The Argentina coach wants them to play together as long as they do not overlap in the team’s lead. “You do not have to structure the talent, you have to release it,” he said.

    He is not like previous coaches who didn’t play Riquelme and Aimar together, or bati and crespo

    • He is a great coach who can make aseessment on the players’performance. If there is a coach in this world who can get the best out of the big talent we have in the team then no doubt it’s Sampa. From day one I liked how he selected the team played the two friendlies back in June and throughout the qualifiers. The only minor issue which I hope he will tackle is the mistiming and misplacing of the subs, and that was mainly caused by the big pressure that Sampa was under when the team was going through the worst times in recent years.

  9. Would’ve liked to see Ascacibar, Alario, maybe Ansaldi make it at least on the reserve list.

    Im glad to see Lo Celso on there.

    Great list nonetheless!!! I cant complain

  10. Team is ok.but I think perrotti deserve his chance .and Sampa has called transmitter just because of midfield.we love to watch good midfield partnership .it will be good parades and kranavitter

  11. “A Rojo lo veo como un central marcador y no como un lateral atacante. A Acuña sí”. No more left-back role for Rojo it seems, only as a centre-back. Thank God and thank you Sampaoli for basic common sense.

  12. Lo Celso is a back-up? That’s almost revolutionary! Would have never happened under Bauza. Perotti deserves the call, Banega does not. No Higuain makes 1000% sense.

  13. Kranevitter and Perotti are the new names.
    Still both Biglia and Banega. Lanzini should take place of the second.
    No Higuain and still no Correas. Local players to be announced later.

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