Lionel Messi to start for Argentina, rumored eleven from training, youth train with team


Lionel Messi will start for Argentina against Venezuela on Friday in the World Cup qualifiers as coach Lionel Scaloni held another training on Wednesday with five youth players training with the team.

Messi trained with Argentina on Wednesday, just as he did on Tuesday and will be starting in Friday’s World Cup qualifier. As we reported earlier, the front three is rumored to be Lionel Messi and Nicolás González with Julián Álvarez or Joaquín Correa. Lautaro Martinez is out with COVID and will miss the match.

Alexis Mac Allister trained along side Rodrigo De Paul and Leandro Paredes in training. One of Alexis Mac Allister and Exequiel Palacios are expected to start in midfield.

Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni selected five youth players which trained with the team. Those five were Alejandro Garnacho of Manchester United, Matías Soulé of Juventus, Julián Aude of Lanús, Tiago Geralnik of Villarreal and Franco Carboni of Inter.

Three youth players are rumored to have a chance to be on the bench. Per TyC Sports, Alejandro Garnacho, Nicolás Paz of Real Madrid and Luka Romero of Lazio could be on the bench as Scaloni will be without many of his players due to suspensions and injuries. HEre is the rumored eleven:

Franco Armani; Nahuel Molina, Germán Pezzella, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico; Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Alexis Mac Allister or Exequiel Palacios; Lionel Messi, Joaquín Correa or Julián Álvarez and Nicolás González.


  1. Armani could be due to political reason. Everybody knows he is shit but still. Some time you are more lucky than others like Ruii.

  2. Scaloni is making a worst decision with Armani,Armani should not be even in squad.Emi Martinez, Musso and Ledesma seems best goalkeeper for Argentina.

    • I hop this is the last chance for Armani before pushing him into third choice. If he let IN more than 1 goal against Venezuela…he will be done.

    • and i hope instead you have the head just for carry your brains to start use it for thinking.
      you are fan of your opinion or fan of the team?
      your personal desire is first or the team to win?

      you will like one other fan say for Musso, Rulli or Emi or whoever else to concede 10 goals just for be replaced with his favorite gk?

      i don t want answer to those questions. just i give you food for thinking.

    • I hope we win 3-1 , 4-1, 4-2. I know its sounds weird expecting us conceides but we really dont need this guy in another WC. He’s the least deserving guy on the roster.

      In last year Copa, Armani only played in one game against weakest team Bolivia, still managed to conceided.

      Its ridiculous to see players like Palacio playing in multiple WC, late 30s Palermo and now Armani? nothing against Boca and River , but their politics in AFA certainly played a role there. How’s out of form Higuain (former River) still managed to play in WC 2018 while there’s the likes of Icardi and Dybala ? Icardi has been league top scorer twice at that point.

    • Essentially you are saying that your personal hatred over Armani is greater than your love for the national team (which clearly doesn’t exist at all). What did Armani do to you? If the fundamental concern is that Armani is not as good as the other goalkeepers then you should be HOPING that he plays well so that it’s not a concern if he does play. This goes as one of the most idiotic things you have ever said which says a lot. Its fine if you have a different opinion but if you want our team to perform badly because of your irrational hatred towards a single player then you are not a fan. Same thing happened on this site to Montiel before. The hall of shame needs a serious update.

    • Exactly, I am sick of having Armani inbetween the sticks.. he does nothing special..

      Musso or w. Benitez or rulli
      should given a chance

  3. We are missing the mid field; Messi will be playing deep; the key is on right substitute on timing wise. Hopefully Scaloni have 2 -3 games plan to cover the missing regular line up. Venezuela and Ecuador can’t be under estimate; they are fast in counter attack from the winger. 4 points will be good enough;

  4. I want Palacios to start and show his worth again. In the early Scaloni days he was excellent. Also, he bossed the midfield for us in La Paz of all the places. Would be nice if Alvarez gets 70 minutes too.

  5. With L.Martinez out with Covid I prefer A.Correa be played as a no-9. He frequently plays as a striker for A.Madrid and shouldn’t have any issues adapting to similar role in the national team. Not only he is a quality finisher, his creativity and pressing are also very good.

    Regarding J.Correa, his style of play suits Scaloni’s game plan and that is why he gets into scoring positions frequently. However he has wasted most of those opportunities due to his poor scoring form which has been a huge let down.

    As for J.Alvarez, its about time he gets adequate playing time in both matches. He has been scoring for fun in club matches and its important that he reproduces same run of form for the national team as Lautaro and Messi are the the only players scoring regularly for us.

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