Argentina will play against Croatia in the semi final of the World Cup on Tuesday and Lionel Scaloni will make changes to the team.
Lionel Scaloni will be without Marcos Acuña and Gonzalo Montiel as both players are suspended. Nicolas Tagliafico and Nahuel Molina will both start in their places but there is expected to be another change.
Ángel Di María could be starting the match on the bench as he was brought on as a substitute in the penalty shootout win. According to Fernando Czyz, this would possible the eleven:
Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Taglafico; De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Paredes, Mac Allister; Lionel Messi and Julián Álvarez
38% possession in first half… 2 goals up, interesting to see Scaloni’s tactics now in second half.
Paredes starts confirmed. Di Maria will be on the bench.
Relax guys…trust Scaloni…di Maria is not fully fit I hope he play the final 🤞
He is fit. It is just 2 options. Starting him and play him for 45-70 minutes or play him 30-45 in the second half. Scaloni chooses the second
He will be there in 2nd half 💪
What the hell happened to di Maria ? Why is quitting on this team now ? He should take a risk at this point.
Edul said he is not 100% fit for 90 mins.
Di Maria always injured. WTF
Is he still injured?
No he’s not.
Belgium created many chances against this Croatian side, Brazil , Japan, Canada all created chances against this Croatian side. For me if you attack this Croatian side and capitalise your chances then don’t worry, for this we need Angel De maria…Don’t need to afraid this Croatian side…
Yeah because Croatia wasn’t playing a counter attacking game against them. They completely shutdown Brazil by changing their approach to defensive tactics which worked wonderfully!! Today they will play with the same mindset but will use long diagonal balls to test our defense and wait for us to lose possession to counter attack.
Di maria is fine form , Argentina needs him now more than ever but his fitness is big issue which is hard to take as fan
If this is the lineup, it looks like Scaloni’s idea is to dominate the midfield by adding another player. Most likely it will be upto Alvarez on the left and Molina on the right to provide width with Tagliafico and De Paul to provide balance. Let’s wait and see. On paper, this looks like a perfect foil to nullify Croatia’s midfield. But hope that won’t let us be vulnerable on the wings as they do have some pretty decent wingers.
Croatian midfield outplayed Brazil’s 2 men midfield which is why they were able to keep Brazil at 0-0 until the extra time. Scaloni doesn’t want to lose the midfield battle to Modric and Co and he knows with Messi we will create few chances no matter what. He going for safety first with 4 in the midfield and 4 in the back but all 4 midfielders Paredes, Enzo ,MacAllister and Depaul are able to switch their game to attacking mode when pressing forward. As long as we play like the first 75mins against Netherlands we will win this match within 90mins. Just don’t concede any early goals and try to not concede at all.
Very interesting that we have 4 well rounded mids.
Such a contrast to Sampbaldy’s circus 4 years ago. Fingers crossed.
My heart is beating so damn fast already and the game is hours away I don’t think I want to watch this game.
In think Scaloni is playing Paredes to give more scope to Molina
But Molina is not a right back who can create his own offense. He is not Hakimi. He needs others to get him involved attacking wise. Let’s see the starting line up. Hope we see Di Maria.
Di Maria will start as sub
This is just the expected lineup. Hopefully Di Maria will start unless he’s not 100% fit.
Just please no Pezzella anymore.. He is the most horrible defensive player in our squad. If Scaloni ever need fresh legs in defense, give Foyth some time.
Paredes is must in this kind of match
I will keep posting until we win the World Cup. *MISSION ACCOMPLISHED*
VAMOS ARGENTINA !!!
Cuti will be a rock! *MISSION ACCOMPLISHED*
Emi will be a Giant! *MISSION ACCOMPLISHED*
DePaul will be an engine! *MISSION ACCOMPLISHED*
DiMaria will celebrate with the heart gesture, symbolic love of all Argentine fans WORLDWIDE!
Dybala will have his moment with his signature celebration!
Enzo will get his chance and he will shine! *MISSION ACCOMPLISHED*
Paredes will finally have one of his rocket shots on target!
Alvarez will become the 9th Wonder of the World! *MISSION ACCOMPLISHED*
Lautaro will set a record!
Even MacAllister will be KEY and he will unlock defenses! *MISSION ACCOMPLISHED*
Every sub will play like a starter!
Messi will hold the trophy when it’s all set and done!
In every major city in Argentina, the confetti will rain sky blue and white!
Babies will be born 9 months from now!
Broken marriages restored! “What were we arguing about again?”
The world will sing a new song for Argentina!
CR7 will sing don’t cry for me Argentina! *MISSION ACCOMPLISHED*
Here in Mundo the troll, the agitator, the opinionated, the hater, and the fanatic will be in harmony and we’ll realize that we all loved our national team all along!
I actually like this lineup more. Modrid is too dangerous, we need some proper way to neutralize him. Plus, this lineup will allow Enzo to play higher up.
Scaloni is trying to give away this match by starting Parades. He can’t defend and makes too many errors.
Do you spend your days thinking about new ways of criticizing Scaloni? 😄😄
No, but he is terrible at this job.
Why no Di Maria?
Good Luck to our beloved Argentina team
This can’t be 4-4-2 because it would be so conservative and static.. I guees it means to be asymmetrical.. I think Molina is playing more like a RWF in offense? So we are attacking their left side and keep Tagliafico static to defende their right side.
So it is 4-4-2 in defense, and 4-3-3 in offense.
I hope it won’t be an ugly first half like Mexico when we wasted the first 45 minutes doing nothing at all.
Molina is our new #9.
Waiting for one of the best game of Messi.
A great night for Argentina.
We were unlucky to concede in the previous games, we were unlucky not to score more goals….hope our all luck comes back in this match.
6th Final… 🙏
We should have had more goals vs Saudi and Poland
But lucky to concede only 1 vs Australia
We yet to have that one game that we run away with no pressure
All games have been tense
The amount of criticizing from plastic fan in this forum is really sad and funny smh. I believe in the stuff and the player, this is a group that are very motivated and so far they make every fan proud. The first game we lost alot of yall was saying bad stuff but look at where we at now
Not good…. Even Palacios is better than Paredes for this game….
We need Messi magic…
I have a meeting at 3pm CT so I really hope we can finish it in 90 mins… lol
Some of you need to learn how to use a forum. It’s not for throwing your harebrained idea into the mix and forgetting about it. Try to read what other tards say and have a dialogue.
Also, what happened to the in game matches that Roy Nemer used to host??? How have we regressed. Anyone want to set up a Telegram channel for in game talk??
A defensive line up against a solid defence? It would again be left with Messi alone to bring in the creativity upfront. The out of form and hot headed Paredes! Why not a Licha then? Scaloni and his strategy of roulette!
I don’t think this will be the starting line up. DiMaria is a must and I’m sure he knows that.
Paredes, as much as I’m glad to see he made his PK, he’s never smart when it comes to his temper. Maybe he’s in to give balance to midfield but I would rather di maria start all day and have their midfield be stretched wide.
Without Acuna and Di Maria, we will not be dangerous at all from either wings. Messi lo longer playing there. Tagliafico is not an attacking fullback. Molina can’t do it on his own.
Almada is the answer!!
Even Modric’s nephew can toy that MLS fraud
You haven’t even see him play. What the hell was he brought for if can’t step in?
One possibility with this lineup could be pushing Enzo forward to play as a playmaker, and Paredes to play the DM role.
But I still prefer starting Di Maria.
Yep, but then Paredes will move into Mac zone and push Mac into an almost winger position. So you might as well play a real winger or attacking mid like Correa and Alamda.
I think this would be our mid.
You want something like
Edul says Paredes has more chance to start than Di Maria.
Uh, that sucks .
Either way, only four more hours !!!!
Whoever starts we will win … we have to win midfield and they will try long ball attacking from start…Lisandro may start..Dimaria is starting tonight sure..
Jajajjaa Croatia doesn’t play long ball!
Usually the real starting 11 will be leaked to the media around 2 hours before the match or less. I don’t think this will be the starting 11. Paredes, MacAllister, Enzo, and De Paul in midfield. That’s too defensive minded. Better with Di Maria in 4-3-3 or 3-5-2 with Licha.
The question is everyone knows that Di Maria is not a 90 minutes player. So better use him for around 70 minutes from the start? Or around 40 minutes in the end?
It doesn’t make Sense as Paredes perhaps better with PK than Di Maria and if ADM can’t play or won’t be starting it will then be either another formation with Licha or maybe chance for some one we haven’t seen yet, though they not been seen also in trainings ?
Do i remember wrong that Arg never lost with A.Correa on the pitch ?
Maybe, anyhow today we will end up seeing Lautaro, Dybala and A.Correa as if Paredes and Guido not starting maybe one of them too, so that is 4 subs, but 5 is allowed right so i think we will see most propably either Licha or ADM starting and the who doesn’t start could end up to be the 5th subtion as that can be also pala and almado
He’s not setting up with penalties in mind. If it comes to that, will sub Montiel on. De Paul might not be 100% so Di Maria might replace him. Assume Lautaro for Julian.
Leaves us with these very good pk takers Messi, Paredes, Montiel, Mac Allister, Lautaro, Enzo.
Don’t know how good Tagliafico, Ota, Romero are.
Montiel is banned
Better to start with Fideo and then sub him as his legs tire out. I think it’s very important to start our best to let them grow into match and then sub then accordingly vs bring them in at crunch time.
I don’t think this is the starting lineup, but it isn’t terrible to start this way as long as diMaria starts.
Another point I want to mention is our give and go one two passing plays. I have not seen much of it this tournament. we need to go back to that on some attacks .
Haven’t seen Julian combine with Messi as much as expected.
I think its 4-3-1-2 or 4-3-2-1 rather than 4-4-2
Went to bed at 2 woke up at 4 5 and 6 back to bed at 6:30 only to wake up at 8:30……..my sleep is all F..ed up
LET’S GO ARGENTINA, one play at a time, Press ’em and defend like hell and let the boss of bosses do his thing.
Ha! Same here my friend.
Woke up at 3 and fell asleep at 4:30, woke up at 6 and fell asleep until 8 and now working until 1:45…
This soccer nerves are killing me.
Will we ever get to see the magic of Messi and Dybala doing quick one two’s in the penalty box? Only 2 opportunities left.
Belgium created many chances against Croatia. So can we!
Too late now. It is baffling and heart breaking.
I hope so too.
I’m afraid it would not happen, to watch ADM playing a one-two with Messi alone is rare
Never lost hope friend, tonight could be the one at some point depending offcourse how the game will be played and how game will be developping as morecthan hopefully for Arg to win it !
Maybe for the 3rd place match!
Insha allah Argentina will win ..
There is no Di Maria in the above list? Typo missing may be. Or if the above list is the one which is gonna start, It means Scaloni want to make sure the battle is in the Midfield. So there wont be much attack through our wings may be Molina can overlap but not with full freedom. The back 4 will sit deep and the midfield is gonna be the ones initiating attacks. Lets see we gotta trust Scaloni’s instincts. All the best.
Not an ideal starting XI, missing Acuna and reserving Maria. Better start ADM and replace him in the second half with Angel or Lautaro. Our strength is Messi, Enzo, De Paul, Otamendi, Mac Allister, Molina, and Romero.
This will not be my team. But what can I do. I don’t have the power of Scaloni.
I just hope we give our best. Croatia is a very strong team. But if we give our best, then we can win.
I just rewatched the highlights of croatia game of 2018. It refreshed my memory of that game that had become hazy. Croatia and Argentina were otherwise equal teams. I think Argentina had little more chances. But we lost due to 2 mistakes from GK Caballero. The 1st and 3rd goals were clearly his fault. But the 2nd goal was Modric brilliance.
As long as Modric isn’t given enough space to operate, I think we will probably be fine.
It’s better to play to with 10 men on the pitch than having Parades on the field. This guy is an idiot he can cost us the match.
Start Correa for Paredes. Di Maria to come on later.
Again that sounds very defensive. I want Di Maria to start in place of Paredes.
And Lisandro for Tagliafico.
Not enough creativity.
Croatia will know that Paredes can be provoked, resulting in a red card and get a numeral advantage.
If di Maria is starting on the bench he will be a big impact when he comes on just like against the Nederlands.
How many credit that idiot of Paredes will have ?
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