Lionel MESSI is out for Argentina’s match against Spain while there’s the rumored line-up.
The Argentina captain will not be risked, despite his desire of wanting to play. Jorge SAMPAOLI will not risk him and will instead give the captain a rest. Instead, his former FC Barcelona team mate Javier MASCHERANO will wear the armband tonight, just as he did when the two teams met last time around in 2010 in Argentina’s 4-1 victory in Buenos Aires as well as in their 2-1 loss to Spain in 2009 in Madrid. Here’s the rumored line-up which Jorge SAMPAOLI will reportedly go with:
Argentina probably line-up vs. Spain
ROMERO; BUSTOS, OTAMENDI, ROJO, TAGLIAFICO; MEZA, MASCHERANO, BIGLIA, LO CELSO; BANEGA; HIGUAIN
It’s rumored to be a 4-4-1-1 with Ever BANEGA playing behind the front man Gonzalo HIGUAIN who will look to find the back of the net for Argentina this time around. Giovano LO CELSO would start for a second consecutive match while Lucas BIGLIA refinds his 2014 World Cup final buddy Javier MASCHERANO. Maxi MEZA will get his first cap for his country as he’ll start in midfield with the two veterans alongside him. As we reported yesterday, SAMPAOLI will opt with Marcos ROJO instead of Federico FAZIO as the Manchester United man plays his first match for his country since coming back from injury.
In the full back position remains Fabricio BUSTOS and Nicolas TAGLIAFICO as Manchester City man Nicolas OTAMENDI completed the back four with club rival Sergio ROMERO as the goalkeeper.