Argentina play Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru in October World Cup qualifiers

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Argentina play three matches in October with one away and two at home.

The Copa America champions will play their first of three matches away on Thursday, October 7 vs. Paraguay. This would be the second match against Paraguay in these World Cup qualifiers, with the first one ending in a 1-1 draw.

Lionel Scaloni’s team play their second match in October against Uruguay. It will be on Sunday, October 10 at the Monumental. This would be their first match against them in the World Cup qualifiers.

After that is the third match in October against Peru. That one will be on Thursday, October 14 at the Monumental. This would be the second time against Peru in the World Cup qualifiers, with the first match ending in a 2-0 win.

Scaloni has named his squad for the matches and in addition included Facundo Medina. The 22 year old was called-up as Marcos Acuña had suffered a knock and was a doubt for the matches. Acuña has since played for Sevilla and would be available for the matches.

Of the players named, Paulo Dybala, who is injured, will not be part of the team. Here are the players that have been called-up:

Goalkeepers:
Franco Armani (River Plate)
Juan Musso (Udinese)
Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)
Esteban Andrada (Monterrey)

Defenders:
Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla)
Nahuel Molina (Udinese)
Juan Foyth (Villarreal)
Lucas Martinez Quarta (Fiorentina)
German Pezzella (Real Betis)
Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica)
Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur)
Lisandro Martinez (Ajax)
Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax)
Marcos Acuña (Sevilla)
Facundo Medina (Lens)

Midfielders:
Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain)
Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis)
Nicolas Dominguez (Bologna)
Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur)
Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen)
Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid)
Alejandro Papu Gomez (Sevilla)
Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina)

Forwards:
Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain)
Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen)
Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)
Paulo Dybala, injured (Juventus)
Lautaro Martinez (Inter)
Joaquin Correa (Inter)
Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid)
Julian Alvarez (River Plate)

16 Comments

    • Dybala is out of squad due injury. As about error prone Foyth it will be better to play if we have 4-6 points in first 2 games against Peru.

    • I would be surprised if Foyth starts. While he has been in good form as of late it seems to me that as a RB he plays as a DM asked to play a RB. Meaning, that his passes are largely diagonal and vertical, he can be an extra playmaker in that role if needed, but does he provide crosses and overlap as a modern fullback should? I suppose Scaloni could use him against strong opponent with tricky wingers but Montriel had shown he can handle that role too. Although Montiel’s lack of playing time at Sevilla might work against him.

      My personal opinion is that Scaloni sees Foyth as another central defender but values his versatility and might use him as a RB if neither Montiel nor Molina are available or lack form.

    • Medina was not called up for center back, but rather as a precautionary option due to the Acuna injury. That is why he was called separately after everyone else. Regardless the Acuna injury was a false alarm but Medina was called up in a position not in competition with Senesi

  1. Gonzalo Montiel was substituted before second half. That’s not a positive sign especially when impetuous Foyth is actually playing quite well consistently!!

    • Actually montiel play decent however seville was goal down and they were chasing the game so they Brough naves who is more attacking in the case , it was nothing to do with his performance, in meantime if foyth continues performing well in highest level it will be hard to ignore.

      • I agree with Godin. Montiel was good last night and sent good crosses a couple of times. Montiel, Suso, and Jordan were substituted right before the start of the second half and the coach brought in El Haddadi, Navas, and Papu in their places. With those changes Lopetegui tried to overturn the reuslt, but not worked.

      • Exactly, it was a tactical substitution, pure and simple. I think Montiel is going to be just fine in the long run, he’s shown in the 2 games in which he started that he’s got the chops and lets not forget that Navas is 35 and isn’t getting any younger.

        I don’t know if any of you have noticed but it seems that Papu performs best when he plays CM in a 3 man midfield, far better than his preferred enganche position, which actually makes me happy because it means that he can step in for Celso (left hand side of a midfield 3) if need be.

    • Jesus Navas used to be a winger for most of his career until the last few years. Hence his attacking instincts and contribution are larger than Montiel could offer. I think it was a tactical substitution.

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