Despite having some “touched” players, the Argentine National Team seems to have defined his team for the CONMEBOL Qualifiers match for the Qatar 2022 World Cup against Paraguay, next Thursday, at 9 p.m. Argentina, in La Bombonera.
Lionel Scaloni would have thought to repeat the 11 that started in La Paz and took a great victory against Bolivia, but there are some footballers in doubt because of their physique.
The coach is aware of the pain suffered by Nicolás Tagliafico and Lautaro Martínez. Lionel Messi also arrived beaten from Spain, but Diego Monroig advanced in SportsCenter this Wednesday that will start on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Scaloni had good news and bad news: the first, the early arrival of Lucas Martínez Quarta to the country. The bad news, Roberto Pereyra’s loss for both games due to a muscle injury.
In the arc, everything indicates that Franco Armani will remain, since Scaloni himself declared that the goalkeeper who starts as a starter would remain in the position.
In defense, doubts begin: Gonzalo Montiel would be the right-back and the other confirmed would be Nicolás Otamendi. On the side of Martínez Quarta, the issue is the short notice before the match with which he arrived, since it was only on Monday night that he received authorization to leave Florence, where there is a quarantine due to a re-outbreak of COVID -19 and Tagliafico is doubtful for a Left hamstring overload brought in from Ajax.
As variants for the center-back, the options are not many, due to the absence of the call due to injury of Germán Pezzella and Juan Foyth and would lead to using Otamendi as the first center-back and on the left using Walter Kannemann or Leonardo Balerdi.
The left-back also does not have many natural options to replace Tagliafico if he cannot play, due to the loss of Marcos Acuña due to injury. Lisandro Martínez would be the first targeted to occupy that position.
In the midfield, everything seems to indicate that Leandro Paredes will remain the axis of that area and there are several options for those who can accompany him on both sides.
The holder had been Rodrigo De Paul, although he did not show the best image in previous meetings. One of those absent in the previous call is Giovani Lo Celso, who is highly regarded by Scaloni and could enter the starting 11. Another name to keep in mind is Exequiel Palacios, who had a great performance in La Paz and has been adding minutes at Bayer Leverkusen.
Finally, the other face to take into account is that of Ángel Di María, who returns to the National Team after several calls and has an unbeatable level in PSG, although not in the same position in which he usually plays in the Albiceleste.
On the side of the attack, doubts about the inclusion of Lionel Messi are few, although he comes from going to the bank in Barcelona due to some discomfort in his ankle, but everything seems to indicate that he will be with Lucas Ocampos, who won a place based on his good performances both in Seville and when he played in Argentina.
The center-forward position generates one more doubt, with the presence of the scorer of the Scaloni cycle, Lautaro Martínez, being an unknown. ‘El Toro’ was replaced in the last game with the Inter shirt due to a muscular discomfort and could leave him out of the first match against Albirroja. If so, his position would be filled by Lucas Alario, who is having his best time in Europe, scoring many goals at Bayer Leverkusen and being important.
Lionel Scaloni has little time to work and several options to put together the starting 11 to face Paraguay this Thursday. Thus, the possible eleven headlines to be measured against those led by Eduardo Berizzo would be: Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico; Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Exequiel Palacios; Lionel Messi, Lucas Ocampos and Lautaro Martínez.
The next practices will be key to determine the formation, but the coach himself does not usually confirm the teams until hours before the game begins.