Argentine Champions League Preview, Matchday 4: Lionel Messi out for PSG


The fourth matchday of the Champions League begins on Tuesday with Lionel Messi out for PSG as it is the reverse fixtures of the last matchday.

Messi has been left out of the PSG team against RB Leipzig. He is suffering from discomfort in his left hamstring and pain in his knee. Leandro Paredes is another one who is out for PSG as he is not expected back before a few weeks. Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi have been included in the PSG team.

Paulo Dybala is back for Juventus and has taken part in their last few matches. He is expected to start for them as they host Zenit. The Argentine has one goal in one match this season in the Champions League.

Geronimo Rulli and Juan Foyth are in second place in their group as Villarreal host Young Boys. They have one win out of three and a win on Tuesday could potentially take them to first in the group.

Nicolas Capaldo and RB Salzburg lead the group as they host last place Wolfsburg. A win for them would ensure that they qualify for the next round.

Sevilla have five Argentine players in their team and a win would keep them in second place. They won’t have Alejandro Papu Gomez who is not fit but would do have Lucas Ocampos, Erik Lamela, Marcos Acuña and Gonzalo Montiel.

Nicolas Otamendi and Benfica are away to one of the favorites Bayern Munich. Benfica suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat at home against Bayern in the last match.

FC Barcelona will be without Sergio Agüero who is out for at least three months due to a heart arrhythmia. They are away against Dynamo Kyiv in a match they need to win.

Juan Musso had a great performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford. While they took a 2-0 lead and lost 3-2, the Argentine made several great saves and was one of Atalanta’s best players. He along with Jose luis Palomino are expected to start.

Rodrigo De Paul and Angel Correa both played in a controversial 3-2 loss against Liverpool. Diego Simeone’s men travel to Anfield where they will look to get the three points.

Agustin Marchesin and FC Porto are away against last place Milan. Porto are presently on four points along with Atletico Madrid with Milan losing all three matches in their group.

Lisandro Martinez was absolutely stellar for Ajax against Borussia Dortmund when they won 4-0 against them. Nicolas Tagliafico is also in the squad as a win for Ajax would have them qualify for the next round of the Champions League.

Lautaro Martinez and Joaquin Correa are both in great form with scoring five goals in 10 matches for Inter in the league and Correa scoring twice in their last match. Inter are away against Sheriff who lead the group.

Here are the matches in the Champions League involving Argentine players:

Wolfsburg vs. RB Salzburg (Nicolas Capaldo)

Villarreal (Juan Foyth, Geronimo Rulli) vs. Young Boys

Juventus (Paulo Dybala) vs. Zenit

Bayern Munich vs. Benfica (Nicolas Otamendi)

Sevilla (Lucas Ocampos, Erik Lamela, Marcos Acuña, Papu Gomez, Gonzalo Montiel) vs. Lille

Dynamo Kyiv vs. FC Barcelona (Sergio Agüero)

Atalanta (Juan Musso, Jose Luis Palomino) vs. Manchester United


Milan vs. FC Porto (Agustín Marchesín)

Borussia Dortmund vs. Ajax (Lisandro Martinez, Nicolas Tagliafico)

Sheriff vs. Inter (Lautaro Martinez, Joaquin Correa)

Liverpool vs. Atletico Madrid (Rodrigo De Paul, Angel Correa)

RB Leipzig vs. PSG(Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes, Mauro Icardi)


  1. Dybala is just like messi and di marria can score and create plus young energy 👌
    It will be foolish if scaloni not giving him at least 30 minute to impact in a match. I think when in form he is the most dangerous Argentine player after Messi and aguero

  2. Dybala should be on the team based on current form plus the fact that Messi is injured. There’s no better timing to finally gives him proper chance rather than putting him in last 5-10 minutes like our managers always did in the past.

    Messi most likely still going to the qualifier , at least as moral booster for the team. He’s the captain afterall and we all know his attitude, he always wants to be with the NT.

    With Icardi continuously stirring controversy with his wife, Aguero completely out of the picture, its important to have proper back up for Messi or Lautaro. Dybala can play as #9 or as free roaming forward .

    • After the few months since may where Ocampos has either been poor or injured he has come into better form, participating much more frequently in goals than last season even when he was fit. If Nico G can not make it because of his covid diagnosis then I would expect Ocampos to be called up

  3. Sad for Kun. Even a few days ago I was holding on to hope that he could stay fit and make it to the wc because in my opinion he is just that good of a player, but now I recognize that it would take a complete miracle tor him to make it to to the world cup. I mean, it’s going to be three months for just evaluations, who knows what happens after. He might not even play another game for Barcelona. I think it is likely that if he recovers he will go to end his career at Independiente. Sad for him but of course his health matters first because heart problems can be scary. Hope his recovery goes well

    • i am sad for him too. he don t deserve this kind of end.
      i wish him health first and i hope he succed to return to end his career as he deserves.

    • Yeah It is sad…just when he started gaining form and would join the next qualifiers. From what I’ve read, he underwent an ablation which is a procedure treat irregular heart beat called afíb. Many patients still live perfectly normal lives so I’ll remain optimistic. I would love it if he can make the World Cup and end the NT career on a high

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