Lionel Messi to play for Argentina, rumored eleven for World Cup qualifier


Lionel Messi will play for Argentina as he is rumored to be in the starting eleven.

Messi will play as coach Lionel Scaloni confirmed on Monday. Scaloni stated at a press conference on Monday that Lionel Messi would play against Brazil on Tuesday in the World Cup qualifier.

Leandro Paredes is training with the Argentina team and it would be between him or Guido to start. In the backline, it’ll be either Nahuel Molina or Gonzalo Montiel. According to a report by Ole, this is the rumored eleven:

 Emiliano Martinez; Molina or Montiel, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Paredes or Guido, Lo Celso; Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Di Maria


  1. Brazil is not as dependent on Neymar as Argentina on Messi. We remember the previous COPA where Jesus sunk us. They have a bunch of top players in all the areas. But this Argentina has an indomitable fighting spirit. But they lack counter-attack technique or plan as was clear against Uruguay and also against Brazil in Copa final. In both cases after Di Maria’s goal, counter attacks completely dried up because all of Messi, Dybala, Di Maria and Lautaro wait for the balls to be sent to them. They are not the best snatchers. It is not because they can’t. It is perhaps because they don’t want to. Still remember how brilliantly Messi snatched the ball from Carrasco. How well Dybala snatched against Uruguay (after that not for a single moment in the match!!!!). Scaloni does not seem to have a great counter-attack plan something that Switzerland and Sweden showed in EURO.

    • Not just sweden and switz all europian teams are brilliant at counter attack, where as we always goes through a process like from certain position we will pass only to certain player 🙄
      I have seen many times when we have counter chances messi not running fast when he dont have the ball
      And we never pass to papu or montial they always finds advance places often unmarked by opponent still they wont get the pass
      Now our defence is strong so we can move fast and counter

  2. I hope Brazil points out our weaknesses. Scaloni is living in fools paradise. World Cup Will be tough and playing against tough teams like brazil will help in evaluation of the teams standard. We will see where we actually stand as a team. I still feel dimaria is best as a substitute playing both messi and dimaria make us susceptible to quick counter attacks.

  3. I feel Brazil are more fluid and dimensional without Neymar. They play more as a team without Neymar. Copa final i knew with Neymar, Argentina had chance and i was proved wrong. Coutinho is always dangerous for us than Neymar. I would take a draw.

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