Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and many top names have been included in the Argentina squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers.
The road to the 2022 World Cup kicks off this month and Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has announced his squad for the two games. The two time world champions will play their first match against Ecuador on March 26 at La Bombonera while playing their second match on March 31 in La Paz.
Alexis Mac Allister of Brighton and Nicolas Gonzalez of Stuttgart are the surprise call-ups. Here’s the European based team:
Juan Musso (Udinese, Italy)
Nehuen Perez (FC Famalicao, Portugal)
Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City, England)
Renzo Saravia (Internacional, Brazil)
German Pezzella (Fiorentina, Italy)
Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax, Netherlands)
Leonardo Balerdi (Borussia Dortmund, Germany)
Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis, Spain)
Roberto Pereyra (Watford, England)
Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)
Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese, Italy)
Marcos Acuna (Sporting, Portugal)
Leandro Paredes (PSG, France)
Nicolas Dominguez (Bologna, Italy)
Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham, England)
Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton, England)
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona, Spain)
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, England)
Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla, Spain)
Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)
Nicolas Gonzalez (Stuttgart, Germany)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus, Italy)
Lautaro Martinez (Inter, Italy)
Lionel Scaloni went with a similar team which finished third in last year’s Copa America. Once more, no Mauro Icardi as the PSG striker is behind in the pecking order. The South American based players will be announced at a later date.
Ricardo Centurion and Thiago Almada should be in the national team. We need these magicians to help unlock defences. Pls Gonzalo, make a case for them. I’m at a loss why Centurion is being ignored.
Why is balerdi on that List? He didn‘t play a single game for Dortmund.
Nicolas González ist playing in the 2nd german League and he‘s not even a regular starter.
Alario is a bench warmer in germany and soo slow.
balerdi has huge potential so its good to integrate him .im sure he will start sooner rather than later for dortmund.
nico gonzalez is a regular he was injured not so long ago so maybe tats y u have noticed his absence or presence on the bench he is a great team player and an amazing crosser he is an impact player off the bench
alario is good player not great ofc largely as a backup for volland but tat wud be mainly down to volland being a better player than alario .alario similar to gonzalez is an impact player n is usefull offf the bench thanks to his excellent header ability and is great in holding the ball and distributing it to the wings n also a great goal poacher
Have all u donkeys praying for icardi ever actually seen him play its dreadful mans only there for tap ins nothing else. Id rather have a cone playing up top, that shit would still prolly move more than icardi. Alario is 1000 times better player and teammate Than him plus theres soo many other options I would legit prefer that dead horse tevez back over icardi
lol such an asinine response. The only donkey is you with such a garbage opinion.
Battaglia should get a chance . I think he is better than guido. Otherwise team is ok.
Ocampos messi and lautaro should start with paredes, de paul and palacios in the mid field.
Lucas Alario is out for a month because of dislocated shoulder. That might open up doors for either Benedetto or additional striker from Argentine Primera Liga. Feel sorry for Alario though. He seemed to gel well with the NT.
i think gaich will most likely replace him
Well deserved list, Scaloni can’t bring all the stars together, however he did his best to make a selection although our feeling says he did missed few ‘on fire’ players i.e Papu Gomez, Bundia and Licha,
One thing as always, Arg have abundant talented players but the most up list criteria to be in the N/T is like or dislike ‘x’ factor and not just talented, with almost subjective judgement by AFA and coach. That’s why N/T highly needs a tough minded coach such as Menotti and Sabella to gain the success
I assume he chose Roberto perrerya just for positivity in the dressing room since I can’t find any other proper reason……I hv heard about him that he dances well and is very funny.
Glad for the selection of Nico Gonzalez.
I hope Perez and quarta somehow can play just like how pavard played for France and suddenly became world class from nobody.
We desperately need something like that in defence.
Good list, almost all the players that need and deserve to be there are actually there. Although no list is complete with a handful of head scratchers such as Balerdi and Pereyra. Now I get the fact that Scaloni wants to help Balerdi develop since he’s obviously not doing so in Broussia but I am totally clueless about Pereyra’s inclusion.
Another head scratcher is the continued exclusion of Licha Martinez, something is definitely amiss there and it has nothing to do with football.
I really hope down the line that Benitez, C.Romero, Ascacibar, Buendia and A.Correa all get a look in because they’d add alot to the team.
true man it must be disheartening for players like buendia,benitez who are doing everything right for their club but aint recognised. also even c.romero must be gutted to see balerdi considered over him on the list
here we are watching our player lo celso’s spurs getting thrashed while on the other hand atalanta are thrashing valencia 2-6 at half time thanks to alejandro gomez and palomino . why are our selectors this ignorant calling up clowns like pereyra instead of these guys who are doing miracles at a club which was considered mid table club
Still lo celso was thier best player.
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We need specialized “”Coming off the bench and changing the game , if we are chasing a match” type players whose workrate is like a horse and brings in that intensity. Players like Alario has that Quality and Lamela is a master of that.Too Bad he is not fit always disrupts a coach’s plan. I hope buendia and nico gonzalez can build in that skill in them. Burndia or lamela should have been in place of parreyra.. he is shit.
anyway good selection though.
> We need specialized “”Coming off the bench and changing the game , if we are chasing a match” type players whose
May i introduce you to a fella named Icardi. He’s the epitome.
Picking Alario ahead of Icardi is completely injustice, B grade striker selected ahead of world class striker reason Argentina Team Selection laughing in world football
Pareyra is scaloni roommate and excels on coach bed, I was 100% sure for pareyra call up it’s not surprising at all like many commenting
Pereyra can only excel in bed not on a football pitch!! Regarding Icardi, it seems like he wasn’t able to satisfy Scaloni, last time he was in bed with him!!
As predicted earlier lol….you are way too predictable
Is Alexis Mcallister better than Icardi or Benedetto?
McAllister is amf who can play in lw and icardi is cf ,on what basis you are comparing them ?
If you see the list – it shows Mcallister among the forwards..so was asking..If he is a midfielder – then he should be in the midfielder list..Hope it answers your question.
this list of roles is blog writers list. original list on twitter de la seleccion has no separation of roles like that.
Messi inclusion has no sense, vs Bolivia ARG need hard working runners and try to reach a draw. Give him rest.
Messi has been declining lately
Yes, for his standards he has been in poor form past few weeks! However, miles better than any player in the world today. Not to forget he still seems super fit like a 25 year old not showing any sign of aging!
I think mostly scaloni might start otamendi and Martinez quarta with saravia and tagliafico
Battaglia didn’t make it? It’s a gud list with some fine youngsters, Some young defenders too,Otamendis time will soon be up. Glad Di Maria is not there.
Exciting to know that Musso is preferred over Marchesin.
Disgraceful list!!some of the selected players has no business being in the national team. Scaloni should be coaching B team at best..
Kid, go back to the cafeteros blog or something
remember guys, Messi will miss the first match against Ecuador due to the red card against Chile. We’ll probably see a 4-4-2 with Kun and Lautaro up top.
and dybala deputised in the right wing
Like the list a lot. The selection is a mix of youth, experience, energy and skill. It still breaks my heart that Emi Buendia isnt on the list. What more must he do to get the recognition he deserves – win the Premier League with a leaky second-division defense?
How many of the mid-fielders selected here ‘score goals’ my friend ? Almost all of them play with better peers by their side than Emi. My point was if Emi can play that well in Norwich City he must be given a chance to play with more illustrious peers in the NT and to show what he’s got.
I wonder if our Italy based players (Pezella, Lautaro, Musso, Dybala, Dominguez and De Paul) will travel at all or will be forced to be quarantined.
We see a clear tendency of including younger players which is very different from most of previous coaches we had, something I personally welcome.
It’s good only if they are better. If they aren’t, its dumb af to give priority to younger just for sake of it
Well, that kind of goes without saying…
A Gomez comes to mind.
Great selection! including balerdi right decision but where is montiel, christian romero and why pereyra
Ani as for pereyra that’s not enough
the main positive from this list is among defenders the only 30+ is otamendi
no 30+ players in the midfield department
in forward obviously with the exception of messi and kun
This is really exciting squad love
The Including those youngsters perez
Balerdi nico Dominguez nico Gonzalez
Alexis MacAllister palacios gio lo celso
100% EMI Buendía over peryer
This is big step going forward
Leo balerdi is hell of talant so please
Don’t surprise his inclusion especially
When the nt has been lacked real good
Center halfs recently years .
I said before scaloni love
Very tall players that is the main reason
He left lich Martinez and Ascacibar.
no doubting balerdi’s talent but romero deserved the call up.
ascacibar maybe because he hasnt proved it yet at the top level with hertha
licha martinez maybe because ajax didnt release him i suppose or similar to ascacibar hasnt proved it again the big teams
Mate look scaloni’s players profile
80% of them are tall players
Especially defenders and midfielders
That is the is only reason I think
He Excluded lich Martinez and Ascacibar.
I agreed Romero and marcos senesi
Both deserves to be in the squad
But they will soon there maybe
After copa America where I think
Otamendi’s cycle will finsh.
or maybe they are reserved for the olympics
Yeah, I think it’s entirely possible that Licha, C. Romero, Senesei and Ascacibar will be part of the Olympic squad for now.
You are wrong, Perez will definitely be part of the Olympics list, so it was assumed that Romero and senesi were called
Balredi is a bad choice
its predictable that the superliga players will be andrada and armani as goalkeys
for right back montiel is a given but i would love to see marcelo herrera n de la fuente as third choice but unfortunately it will be buffarini
for left back spot im afriad it will be milton casco but i would like claudio bravo to be added
for midfielders i certainly dont want to see enzo perez n chances are most likely he will be ignored given we already have quality in expierience and future talents in the department
for forwards i would love to see almada,gaich called up but chances are less because the forward department is literally full to the brim
Good list with few head scratchers like Pereyra and Belerdi,
Lamela, Di Maria (everyones favorite), A Gomez, A Correa, and Icardi are the obvious misses.
I can ‘effin wait to see trio of Agüero – Dybala – Messi lead the attack again
Are you really seriously about this guy
First he can’t even train regularly
Second better players are available
Di Maria I said enough of him
I’m glad that scaloni realized
Argentina have much better options
Than to be stack players like him.
Lamela is made of glass but I keep hoping he’ll go through period injury free. For talent alone, he’s slaps the shit out of most current alternatives.
You and I will always disagree with Di maria :).
“You and I will always disagree with Di maria”
Absolutely right 😁
> Lamela? Are you really seriously about this guy. First he can’t even train regularly. Second better players are available
Without considering injury proneness, who are the better players?
Lo Cels is one..who else?
Where is your world class Lanzini? Lamela without injuries would be close to world class, Lanzini never was, is and will close to this level. Lamela’s 14/15, 15/16 seasons were great, then his injury saga started and he played since then only 3000 minutes in PL, but his contribution still good overall in 12000 minutes 33 goals 47!!! assists, tracks back, works as a worhorse, just look him vs Lepzig how hard will he fight.
But he is too injury prone so no room for him, injuries destroyed his career just like Pastore’s, Gago’s, Perotti’s.
You re f…king coward brainless
You re the most contradicting
Person I have seen this blog
I never said lanzini was world class
If I remember correctly but yes I said
He is much better player than lamela
And I still insist that but sadly lanzini
Had ACL and it’s had to be same player
As it was plus he had shoulder injury
For long period too. his team are chokers
For all that reason he lost his confidence
I feel the man unlike you who enjoys
Every bit of Argentina players situation.
Csabalala how come you don’t admit
You were wrong about lo celso l Martinez
Angel Correa dybala for been bench warmers if I was you I will be ashamed
To come here when you know
You have been wrong time and time again.
Take this now Argentina have better
Midfielders than Brazil and very soon
Will have better defenders too
Please don’t come here say we us
When everyone here knows that you
Don’t get the inclusion of Balerdi (Romero or Licha Martinez instead) and Pereyra (Angel Correa or Buendia instead would have been better) but overall no major surprises. Expect Montiel, Andrada and Armani from the local league. Hopefully not Casco.
even if casco is included he wud hardly play because of nico and acuna
List is quite good.Our playing eleven is good.
i am pretty much ok with the list but seriously confused why balerdi and pereyra were chosen over romero and buendia and disappointed to see rulli and most importantly benitez ignored again papu gomez also sadly.
i tnk battaglia and ascacibar cud have been considered
Juan Foyth should have been in the list irrespective of his game time,how well he played when Sarvia struggled in Copa.That is confidence killer for Foyth.Both Mourinho and Scaloni underestimating him.I do not know what Pereya brings might be jollyness in dressing room or Scaloni is addicted to him.Battaglia should be in place of Guido Rodriguez.
I disagree, if a player hardly plays I don’t think he should be included. This is Argentina National Team, not Luxembourg or Surinam with all due respect to those countries. Besides, Foyth is carrying a small injury anyway.
A lot of unproven players that get micro minutes Of playing time from their clubs.
But the core is there to build off of and we have to remember South America Qualifiers are more of a rugby match than a football game on the road where the pitches are in intentionally horrible conditions. We need players like Acuña and Rodriquez whom play with huevo because it comes down to heart over skill in such matches!
One player I’ve been more excited to watch in the upcoming qualifiers will be Ocampos from Sevilla #Ballin
Y como Siempre.. Vamos Argentina
not a lot of complaints. Was expecting Romero but looks like he choose Perez and Balerdi over that. I get the first one, not the second. Pereyra is a headscratcher. If he saw a need for a profile like that surprising no buendia. Bataglia vs guido was very close for me. i can assume guido for continuity here. did not really see a chance for ascacibar. generally i am ok with the foreign list.
pereyra maybe because of expierience n he has been playing regularly for watford but agreed buendia over him wud have been amazing. ascacibar might have been ignored because of his inability to hit the ground running at hertha yet
honestly mate, i think its because he just does not appear to like that height profile. ascacibars alternates – paredes, guido, bataglia, even depaul (since he is played deeper) definitely have that in common. i think he also considers set piece offense and defense and not just ground play and CM role there where santiago is a liability. its my guess based on his choices in that role.
Its a pretty good list of European players from Scaloni. Now excited to see the list of home grown players to be added to the squad. Hopefully the WCQ matches are on as scheduled and that European players are allowed to play.
No Mesa and Rojo???
Wah how did balerdi comes into list without playing a single minute ?On what basis Lord pereyra is choosen over buendia ?
lol i guess scaloni is continuing the tradition of selecting lord’s similar to the coaches before.
after lord meza , lord rojo now lord pereyra but atleast he is playing regularly
Here comes Romance KING and says that Pererya succeeds in Scaloni’s bedroom lol 😀
No matter who the coach is ,Lord players always find a way to get in the squad ,its actually disheartening for passionate fans like us
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