Argentina’s national team reinforced its World Cup title candidate status with a stunning exhibition triumph over the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, but not everything is going well for the South American nation. National manager Lionel Scaloni would not rule out making changes to his lineup.
Argentina’s national team suffers setback
“We have certain reservations,” Scaloni revealed to the Argentine press. “We do have a few days to finalise our roster, we can make changes. Ideally, they will not be necessary, but the possibility remains. There were other players today who were not selected for the match as they were not ready enough or it was a risk to utilise them.”
Cristian Romero, Nicolás González, Alejandro Gómez, and Paulo Dybala did not make the squad for the friendly. Marcos Acuna is suffering from a groin issue, but he participated in a half to see what he could handle. Following Scaloni’s comments, the Argentine press instantly speculated on which players the World Cup may be jeopardised. This would mostly affect González (muscle injury) and Acuna.
González (Fiorentina) can play multiple places at the front and might be replaced by Angel Correa, who TyC Sports sees as the primary choice to remedy a frontline problem. Acuna’s replacement, who typically plays as a left back and can cover the complete left side, is a larger unknown. Facundo Medina (Lens) has been considered as a centre defender with left-back expertise.
Argentina must make changes to its team hours just before the country’s first World Cup game. The two-time world champion will face Saudi Arabia at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Scaloni stated that he cannot promise that all of his players will be physically fit for the World Cup. “You must constantly exercise caution. That’s why some participants didn’t show up, and we kept track of the number of minutes everyone played. It was its own game. You want your players to provide their utmost at all times. You can’t instruct them to bring back their legs.”