Argentina rumored XI, Angel Di María, Lisandro Martínez, Paulo Dybala

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Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni will make several changes to the starting XI for Argentina’s World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday.

Lionel Scaloni will be back on the bench coaching Argentina after testing positive and missing the 2-1 win vs. Chile on Thursday. He will be without Nicolas Tagliafico, Nicolas Otamendi, Rodrigo De Paul and Leandro Paredes, all of which are suspended for the match.

Gonzalo Montiel will start in place of Nahuel Molina while Germán Pezzella is back in the starting eleven and will alongside Lisandro Martínez. Marcos Acuña is back in the eleven for Nicolás Tagliafico.

Guido Rodriguez is back in the team after missing the match against Chile due to COVID as he will start in place of Leandro Paredes. Gio Lo Celso is back in the eleven while Lucas Ocampos is set to start in place of Alejandro Papu Gomez, who is not fully fit.

Up front, it’s between Nicolás González and Paulo Dybala while Lautaro Martínez and Angel Di María keep their place in the team. Here is the rumored XI for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier.

Emiliano Martínez; Montiel, Pezzella, Lisandro Martínez, Acuña; Ocampos, Guido, Lo Celso: Nicolás González or Paulo Dybala, Lautaro, Di María.

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  1. Papu has recovered and will start. The only doubt is Ocampos or Lautaro. It is interesting because without Lautaro, we will play with no proper 9. If without Lautaro, upfront is: Di Maria-Dybala-Ocampos. Dybala will play false 10 in 4-3-3

    If with Lautaro, without Ocampos then Papu will play left winger, Di Maria right, Dybala false 10 and Lautaro number 9 in 4-2-3-1

    • With the lack of proper no-9s , may be Scaloni & co have decided to go with Dybala as a direct backup and sub for Lautaro! A.Correa and Dybala both are well equipped to play as a proper striker if situation demands!

  2. This game vs Colombia will be a test of how we fare without De Paul. I’m a little concerned that Lo Celso might not be able to match De Paul’s intensity in the middle since he has not played much club football. Plus, we have a lot of changes from the previous game which might impact chemistry and coherence. Good thing we don’t really need to win this game are just fine-tuning and experimenting at this point. We’ll see how Montiel handles Luis Diaz. Colombia have not been great lately either but needs 3 points badly.

    • Perhaps this could be a forced experimentation from the “guiding hand”, maybe someone who doesn’t usually get a chance will shine or we will discover a new combination or tactic, who knows. I hope it goes well because Colombia is not here to mess around

    • Lo celso and de Paul are different types of players, lo celso not even in his best days could be able to match de Paul’s intensity. However, lo celso is more creative than de Paul plus his off the ball movements while attacking are of top notch.
      I think we have to play either ocampos or gonzalez or may be both since we Don’t have de Paul’s work rate. Only they can match him in intensity.( Not to mention palacios could have been the best replacement for de Paul if only he was fit)
      It’s a last chance for dybala, if he doesn’t perform then he has no place in the squad, he is a liability. I hope he prove me wrong. In the end I want the best players to play for my beloved argentina national team.

  3. I think Scaloni this system should be used.
    Emi Martinez
    Montiel. Pezella. L. Martinez. Acuna
    Di Maria G. Rodriguez Lo celso
    Dybla. Lautaro. Buendia
    Argentina should play attacking they got nothing to lose.

  4. 5 years ago I assumed it would be Dybala’s team by now, but Paolo is not even a guaranteed starter. The next 10 matches after tomorrow 2 in March, the Wembley game against Italy and hopefully 7 at the WC Argentina will be Messi’s team. After December the team will look different.

    • Dybala lacks character in big games.. he is a luxury player, as long as Messi and Dimaria are there Scaloni needs fighting spirit out of everyone else, sacrifice. Dybala does not have the fitness to do the dirty work Lautaro, Nico, Papu etc are all doing. He is the most talented but the least effective for us.

  5. Seems like Scaloni will always use the same hybrid 433 no matter what and he is going to use Ocampos to replace De Paul. I remember he played as right central midfielder next to Messi once and delivered solid performance with his grinta and energy. We need central midfielders in this team as it’s quite overcrowded in attack.

    • No it is 4-2-3-1. Ocampos is the direct replacement of Nico Gonzales in the last match. Dybala replacing De Paul so the formation is changed from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1.

      • You mean something like this?

        ——————————Toro———–Dybala——————————-
        ———-Ocampos——————————————–Maria————–
        ——————————Celso———-Guido———————————

        Basically a 4-2-2-2 becomes a 4-2-3-1 when countering. That could work, otherwise putting Ocampos in a midfield 3 again would be stupid. Although putting Celso this deep hampers his game but with DePaul, Paredes, Nico D and Palacios all out makes midfield options very limited.

        It seems that Papu hasn’t recovered yet, which is too bad because he was the best player on the field against Chile IMO and I would’ve liked to see more games with him playing CM.

        • it’s a shame for papu, he is not at his prime anymore but can still be one of the best on the pitch. few years ago when he was always man of the match in serie A and he wasn’t given his chance

          • True. Papu, Pezzella,Lanzini were at their prime in 2018 and they still missed out from the world cup. All three were easily the best players in their respective clubs. Had Lanzini not been injured and Sampa had the guts to drop Macherano, Biglia and Rojo from the startling xi , we could have posed a serious threat!!

            —————Armani————-
            -Mercado-Otamendi-Pezzella-Tagliafico-
            ———Banega—Lanzini—-
            ——Dimaria–Messi-Papu——-
            ————-Aguero———

  6. Hopefully Buendia , Dybala, Alvarez will be used as a subs at least. They need to show up their contribution and role at N/T; And especially Dybala will be playing at his home soil.

    We will missed RDG and Papu Gomez..

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