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Argentina’s coach Jorge Sampaoli took over the team with just 4 World Cup Qualification games left and sealed World Cup qualification in the last game. Argentina isn’t a reflection of their performances in World Cup Qualification, the 2014 FIFA World Cup runners-up have a very scintillating attack and if they can find some sort of defensive shape, they would be a force to be reckoned with.
Goalkeepers: Willy Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres).
Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Federico Fazio (Roma), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Taglafico (Ajax), Javier Mascherano (Hebei Fortune), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino).
Midfielders: Ever Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Angel Di María (PSG), Giovani Lo Celso (PSG), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain(Juventus), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City).
Surprises: Mauro Icardi has been left out of the Argentina Squad despite having a 29 goal Season in Serie A outscoring Compatriots Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala. Fans who have been following the Argentine National side may not be very surprised with his snubbing, Icardi has made only 4 appearances for the Argentina National side. His controversial affair and subsequent marriage with Argentine model and Maxi Lopez’s ex-wife Wanda Nara and Twitter wars with Argentina great, Diego Maradona are just some of the ‘alleged’ reasons for his consistent snubbing from the national side.
Players to watch out for: Argentina possess some really strong forwards, captain Lionel Messi is a no-brainer, Juventus strikers Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain have also been in fine form, Manchester City Record top scorer Sergio Aguero is also in the mix which makes for a dangerous Attack.
Strengths: Argentina would be highly dependent on their forward line lead by Leo Messi if they’re to have any sort of chance in Russia. in Midfield they have Angel Di Maria who could really be threatening when he gets going, Ever Banega’s experience can also come in handy.
Weaknesses: Argentina certainly lacks firepower in defence and though they have the experienced Willy Caballero they lack a World class Goalkeeper.
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