Argentina rumored eleven vs. Paraguay in World Cup qualifier

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Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni has the entire squad available and held a training session on Tuesday.

Lionel Messi and his PSG team mates Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes were the last to join the group in the morning with all three rumored to be starting vs. Paraguay on Thursday. According to several reports out of the Argentine media, Scaloni is rumored to be starting the same eleven which won the Copa America. Here is the rumored eleven:

Emiliano Martínez; Montiel, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Di María, Lautaro Martínez and Messi

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  1. I think this is a pretty solid and predictable starting 11. Also notice this: three PSG players, 2 Sevilla players, and 2 Tottenham players, plus another Sevilla, Atletico, and Inter player likely to come off the bench. I will be excited to see how our team plays with more chemistry, although I think it’ll be more noticeable come the November qualifiers

  2. Cuti Romero receiving praise from everyone such as experts, commentators, coaches, teammates, and fans. He is not yet at his best, but he is already a cut above the other 2 defenders Dier and Sanchez. Here is the stats comparison:

    Cuti:

    1.7 tackles per game
    2.7 clearances per game
    0 times dribbled past
    0 errors leading to shots
    78% of his ground duels won
    67% of his aerial duels won

    Dier:

    0.1 tackles per game
    Dribbled past .4 times per game
    4.9 clearances per game
    0 errors leading to shots
    33% of his ground duels won
    46% of his aerial duels won

    Sanchez:

    1.8 tackles per game
    Dribbled past .8 times per game
    2.9 clearances per game
    0 errors leading to shots
    58% of his ground duels won
    39% of his aerial duels won

    Cuti has 0 time of anyone dribbled past him. I repeat ZERO! What a defender.

    Note: The number can be much higher because he played much fewer minutes than both Dier and Sanchez so far in EPL.

  3. “according to InfoBae, no player under the age of 21 has produced more key passes this season than Alvarez. And we don’t mean in South America, we mean in world football. That includes Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Joao Felix and Vinicius Jr.

    In his past 35 games at club level, Alvarez has contributed a combined total of 22 goals and assists.”

    Ac Milan, Leverkusen, dortmund, seville , tottenham and Aston villa all interesting to sign Julian Alvarez

    • His profile is really interesting, reminds me a little bit of Henry at Arsenal, half striker half false winger to cut inside, can make run to free space, can play on both sides, fast for counter attack, solid with the ball protection. Very modern striker, I see him and Nico as the left forward for the next world cup.

    • Alvarez not playing in Europe so those stats doesn’t matter as such. He is not tested properly. We will see when he moves to Europe or play against a strong team with national team colors

  4. Romero could have kept on reserve for the Uruguay match. And Martinez should have been given an opportunity. His stint with Ajax shows he is the future of the Argentine defence. Some days Scaloni should have A Correa start instead of Di Maria. Di Maria has not been impressive in the last few games with Argentina or PSG.

  5. This round would be crucial, if we could get anywhere from 6-9 pounds, we should qualify comfortably. The ref would be Brazillian in the game against Paraguay, so we better watch out 🙂

    I noticed Messi already has 8 goals this year and the all time record for Argentina is 12 goals in calendar year which currently ties between Messi himself and Batistuta. Messi still has at least 4-5 games to play this year, good chance for him to break the tie and set new record.

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