Like few times, the Argentine National Team, one of the giants of the continent, does not reach the Copa América as a favorite, since the candidate of all is the host Brazil. Between a renewal process that has Lionel Messi as the leader, the Albiceleste will try to continue growing and, if possible, make their classic rival nervous.
HOW IT ARRIVES
With a good mix of doubts and certainties. Doubts because it comes from two draws in the Qualifiers and showed misalignments and certainties because little by little it is finding answers in key positions. He is still far from the best level, although at times he shows good game and his great challenge will be to make those moments grow.
It is difficult to say that Argentina’s goal is not the title in a Copa América, but its coach Lionel Scaloni has already said it. The DT said that “promising a title does not correspond” and made it clear that the goal is to consolidate work and renewal It started after the World Cup in Russia and continues. Anyway, the light blue and white shirt forces at least to compete until the last moment.
Lionel Messi, for obvious reasons. At 34, the Rosario star He will face his sixth Copa América and will continue his relentless search for a title with the National Team. This time it does not come with the brilliance of other opportunities, but the same will be the big star of the contest. Argentina depends on his talent on offense and, although little by little he is putting together a team that can sustain arguments without always having to rely on him, he is the great hope.
Lionel scaloni it will reach thirty games directed in the National Team in this Copa América. An unexpected number for an inexperienced technician, who took command at a difficult time and was able to begin a necessary renovation on the campus. Surrounded by a coaching staff of former senior players, he is still making his first steps and sometimes at this level that takes its toll. Anyway, he has found players who support him and at times his team shows good intentions. You must begin to entrench that game.
POSSIBLE ELEVEN AND HOW I WOULD PLAY
Scaloni has modified the scheme more than once, but almost always played with a line of four with two full-backs without much projection. He has tried the line of three, but his favorite scheme is a 4-3-3 that can be a 4-2-3-1. Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo De Paul are immovable in midfield and Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martínez up front. Outside, Marcos Acuña and Nicolás González can play and the idea is to have vertigo to get out quickly and gather good footballers. The possible eleven is: Emiliano Martínez; Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Acuña; Paredes, De Paul, Giovanni Lo Celso; Messi, Martínez, González.
ARGENTINA’S CALENDAR IN THE AMERICA CUP
Monday 14 – Argentina-Chile
Friday 18 – Argentina-Uruguay
Monday 21 – Argentina-Paraguay
Monday 28 – Argentina-Bolivia