Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni: “The idea is for Garnacho to play”


Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni has spoken about Alejandro Garnacho and the new faces on the team.

Lionel Scaloni and his coaching staff will shortly begin flying out to Beijing for their two friendly matches later this month. Scaloni spoke to the media at the airport about the new players. Here is what he had to say:

“The idea is for Garnacho to play, to enjoy the minutes and to see how he does with his team mates.

“The expectation is to see these guys who are coming for the first time. Give them time, minutes. And that they gradually join those who were already there. In principle, the idea is that (Garnacho) comes and joins the team.

“We will analyze if he will play from the start or have minutes”.

The World champions play Australia on June 15 in Beijing and a second match on June 19 against Indonesia in Jakarta. Here are the players that have been called up:

Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa)
Gerónimo Rulli (Ajax)
Walter Benítez (PSV)

Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid)
Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla)
Germán Pezzella (Real Betis)
Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur)
Leonardo Balerdi (Olympique Marseille)
Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica)
Facundo Medina (RC Lens)
Nicolás Tagliafico (Lyon)
Marcos Acuña (Sevilla)

Leandro Paredes (Juventus)
Enzo Fernández (Chelsea)
Guido Rodríguez (Real Betis)
Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid)
Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen)
Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton)
Thiago Almada (Atlanta United)
Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal)
Facundo Buonanotte (Brighton)

Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla)
Ángel Di María (Juventus)
Lionel Messi (PSG)
Julián Álvarez (Manchester City)
Giovanni Simeone (Napoli)
Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United)
Nicolás González (Fiorentina)


  1. I Won’t be surprised if Chelsea go for di maria because pochettino loves him the guy and couldn’t gave enough minutes at psg bcs of Neymar, Mbappe and messi

    Note Chelsea will clear out many players this summer.

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