Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni confirms starting eleven, Lionel Messi starts


Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni confirmed the team’s starting eleven which will play against Peru on Tuesday in the World Cup qualifier.

Lionel Scaloni will make two changes in players to the team which drew 1-1 vs. Paraguay last week. Nicolas Tagliafico is back which means Nico Gonzalez won’t be part of the back line but instead part of the front three as he comes in for Lucas Ocampos. The other is that Gio Lo Celso replaces the injured Exequiel Palacios. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Scaloni stated the following:

Armani; Montiel, Martínez Quarta, Otamendi, Tagliafico; De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Nico González, Messi and Lautaro Martínez


  1. I also feel the frustration of not seeing Emi in the line up. But at the same time I’m happy that we are now having a strong pool of goalkeepers to choose from. More than that our No 1 & 2 are not bench warmers in clubs anymore !
    This headache about Goalkeeper selection is actually a positive one.

    Armani may not be a great choice especially when Emi kind of hot in form asset is in the bench!
    But not so long ago, we had in-form, World Class Willy watching football in home when Regular Bench Warmers were playing for us!
    It’s a far improved situation right now, apart from that, Armani is a champion, he never put a foot wrong for the National Team !
    Let Emi continue to shine in Europe, and win the spot eventually.

    • whats goin on with foyth is he injuired?? hes the only argentine defensmen i’ve seen that can hang with eh worlds fastest players, and we r gonna need that eventually.

  2. I can understand that these players are playing really good football at the club levels. But different players should have different qualities..that’s what I mean to say.
    I am following Argentina National Team and Football for more than 23 years…I can see there is need some changes in the team selection.
    If I have to say about the best team,it was of 2006 under Jose Pekerman…one of the best team that I have seen and I admired the most.

  3. Very painful to see Armani again. E.Martinez is for what,just to warm the bench.
    Argentina have to find solutions in the Mid-field and RB/RWB.
    All the players doesn’t have pace&speed at all and they looks very similar to each other. Very weak in the counter attack….looking for Messi everyone.
    Lo Celso,Peredes,De Paul,Guido Rodriguez,Ezequiel Palacios,Nicolas Dominguez,Lautaro Martinez,Lucas Alario…they don’t have pace at all..even Ocampos as well.
    Scaloni needs few more players someone like Nico Gonzalez or Di Maria. He needs to find solutions very early before it’s too late…you can’t win every game by scoring single goal.

  4. I’m sure that in 2022 World Cup!
    Armani will start as a 1st choice!

    Anyway They will not qualify from Round Of 16 and Poor Messi will sadly retire that day! 😔

    • this team will lose against peru 2-0 definitely. either back line should be power full or GK should powerful but here all the departments are weak. this argentina team is doubtfull to qualify for wq2022.

  5. I like the idea of Nico starting but I’m not excited with the overall team selection, considering the pool of talented players Argentina has. Nonetheless I hope we secure a win against Peru but I fear I may be hoping against hope when we face stronger opponents.
    NB why is Papu not playing?

  6. Again Armani over E. Martinez 🙄
    It’s not that Armani is poor bt the fact that we need to bring a stable goalkeeper who can carry on till the world cup so Martinez is young also and in the best form.

  7. expected line up. Lets get the 3 points now. Hope Scaloni brings early subs like Alario if Lautaro not at his best. But always surprised why coaches announce playing 11 early? The last time Nico G surprise call up was brilliant

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