Argentina Champions League Preview: Lionel MESSI, Sergio AGUERO, Paulo DYBALA, more


The quarter final’s of the Champions League start on Tuesday as we preview the Argentine players.

There are 11 Argentine players which remain in the Champions League this season. By the start of the semi finals, there would be at least four less which would be eliminated.

On Tuesday, it’s Tottenham’s Argentine trio (quartet, including coach Mauricio POCHETTINO) who play against Manchester City. It’s been a solid season for Sergio AGUERO in the Champions League this season, scoring five goals in five matches. He will look to make it six out of six.

Nicolas OTAMENDI started City’s 1-0 win in the FA Cup against Brighton but it remains to be seen if he will start against Tottenham.

Paulo GAZZANIGA will surely start on the bench while Erik LAMELA is likely to miss the match due to injury. Juan FOYTH is the only Argentine player at the club with a chance to start.

Ajax will have to pull off another shock of the round after having eliminated Real Madrid. This time they will go against Juventus. Nicolas TAGLIAFICO has scored three times in the competition this tournament while Lisandro MAGALLAN has yet to feature.

Paulo DYBALA helped Juventus get the win against AC Milan a few days ago and will be looking to do the same. The former Palermo man has scored five times this season, some of which have been gems.

Old Trafford will be hosting Lionel MESSI for the first time since the 2007-2008 season. MESSI has scored eight goals in six matches and will be looking to seek revenge as the last time he played at that stadium, Barcelona were eliminated.

Sergio ROMERO and Marcos ROJO are both likely to start the match on the bench.


Tottenham (Paulo GAZZANIGA, Erik LAMELA, Juan FOYTH) vs. Manchester City (Sergio AGUERO, Nicolas OTAMENDI)

Liverpool vs. FC Porto


Ajax (Nicolas TAGLIAFICO, Lisandro MAGALLAN) vs. Juventus (Paulo DYBALA)

Manchester United (Sergio ROMERO, Marcos ROJO) vs. FC Barcelona (Lionel MESSI)


  1. Scaloni hit by car while cycling in Mallorca. Some wounds on arms, legs and head but reportedly ok.

  2. Midfield still a bit of mystery. Love Celso and DM is a must but not sure about 3rd. Maybe bench ADM and pareded for palacios or Pererya. Or Guido for Asca. No clue about keeper yet

    (Mrinal123 might be right with lanzini. Still not inform).

    For the technical mundoers, why wouldn’t this work? What type of player is missing?

    Aguero – Messi

    Di Maria – Guido – Paredes – Lo Celso

    Tagliafico – Otamendi – Pezzella – Saravia


    • Why so much love affair for Gazza??? Romero is 100times better and performed better than Gaza while getting opportunities

    • Nothing much to say about the defense except Gazzaniga didn’t have enough playing time with his club.

      In the midfield I am very skeptical about Paredes. Really depends on player around him. I prefer Zaracho, more mobile and versatile. Can also play on both side. On the left, I also prefer Lanzini who can keep the ball and play as 10. Good pressing and more reliable.

      • just threw in Gazzi for the heck of it. Hes not starting.

        Im becoming more and more skeptical about paredes too. Talented guy with his distribution but limited mobility is a concern.

        I love Lanzini but not sure hell be match fit.

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