Joaquin Correa to start in place of Lautaro Martinez for Argentina


Joaquin Correa will reportedly start in place of Lautaro Martinez for Argentina.

Correa is apparently going to get the start ahead of Lucas Alario for Argentina in their match against Paraguay on Thursday. As reported earlier, Lautaro Martinez will miss Argentina’s World Cup qualifier due to muscle fatigue.

According to a Gastón Edul of TyC Sports, it will be Joaquin Correa who will replace Lautaro in the eleven. Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni stated on Wednesday that the starting eleven would be that which started and won the Copa America final. This would be the starting eleven:

Emiliano Martínez; Montiel, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Di María, Joaquin Correa and Lionel Messi.


  1. I’m happy with Correa start just because it is a change. He reminds me of our super striker days.
    This is the time to try different formulas and options. I would like to see him subbed for our homestay striker at some point. Also, is Dybala in the team this week?

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  3. Now we see how Scaloni works as a coach. He has his own pecking order. It is unlikely for the new comers to replace the one who is higher on his pecking order. When I read the news that Lautaro is injured. I knew it would be Joaquin Correa replacing him. Alario might be more of a natural 9 than J Correa, but again Scaloni has his own pecking order.

    Realistically this might be Scaloni’s pecking order:
    GK: 1. Emi. 2. Armani 3. Musso
    DR: 1. Molina 2. Montiel 3. Foyth (I see Molina n Montiel the same, it just depends on match up)
    DL: 1. Acuna 2. Tagliafico 3. Medina
    DC: 1. Cuti 2. Otamendi 3. Pezzella 4. Licha 5. LM Quarta
    DM: 1. Paredes 2. Guido
    MCR: 1. De Paul 2. Palacios
    MCL: 1. Lo Celso 2. Papu
    Winger: 1. Di Maria 2. A. Correa 3. Nico Gonzales
    #10: 1. Messi 2. Dybala (?)
    FW: 1. Lautaro 2 .J. Correa 3. Alario 4. Alvarez

    The way Scaloni works is the number 1 options are his starters. If any of the number one is not available, then he uses number 2. The number 2 option might start in certain matchups. For example Guido sometimes starts over Paredes or Nico starts over Acuna if he wants more defense.

    Things might change a bit if he wants to use another tactic. For example 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1.

    • Scaloni gives more weight for how long the player has been part of the group.. The advantage is the player knows how the rest of the team plays and what he has to do.. Disdvantage is we wont be able to witness talented youngsters like pedri or gavi.. or may be I am wrong.. Scaloni might play a youngster if he is as good as those barca players..

    • Nico palyed as a left back as an emergency
      Can’t remember why but was never a in competition with acuna nor tagli.
      Just a little correction but i agree with you
      Scaloni don’t even wanna try any new players unless it is an emergency

  4. Lautaro was in good touch over the last few matches. Instead of Joaquin, perhaps Alario should have been given some starting play time. Still remember his wonderful scores against Germany and Ecuador.

  5. Let’s see how he plays. I am not sure he is that good as a focal point or a CF, he’s much better as a second striker playing slightly to the left. Will probably play as a false 9 today. Vamos a ver.

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