Without Messi, the Argentina national team is dangerous

Without Messi, the Argentina national team is dangerous

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez assesses Argentina remains dangerous despite the presence or absence of Lionel Messi. The Celestial – the nickname of the Uruguayan national team – must seek plenty of points to continue to compete at the top of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the Conmebol zone.

The two teams will meet at the Estadio Campeon del Siglo on Saturday (13/11) WIB morning. In the first meeting, Oscar Tabarez’s Uruguay lost 3-0 to Argentina at the El Monumental stadium.

Tabarez has stressed that his side will be focused on the game and believes they would be at a disadvantage if star Lionel Messi is absent.

“Argentina, despite the structural changes and the coach can not count on a holder, but still a strong team without Messi,” Tabarez said on the official website of the Uruguayan Football Federation (AUF).

Messi doubts playing because he hasn’t recovered from an injury. However, La Pulga Apparently he has rejoined training and is ready to play, although there has been no official statement from Argentina.

“We are going to work to limit their game, which we did not do well in the first 30 minutes of the game played in Buenos Aires (in the first game),” he explained.

The Uruguay national team’s position in the 2022 World Cup qualifying standings in the Conmebol area is still uncertain. La Celeste are currently stuck in fifth place in the table with 16 points from 12 matches.

Uruguay are provisionally only three points ahead of Chile, which is in sixth place in the standings. While Uruguay’s points with Colombia which are ranked fourth or the automatic qualification deadline for the 2022 World Cup are actually the same.

However, Uruguay must rank fifth or zone playoffs having lost on goal difference against Colombia.

Meanwhile, Argentina are determined to achieve three consecutive wins in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Lionel Scaloni’s side are currently in second place with 25 points from 11 matches.

It is possible that Messi will be kept on the bench for the game as he is not yet in form and is ready to face Brazil next week.

In the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Messi missed a number of matches due to injury and suspension. Argentina were struggling without Messi.

Scaloni could have installed Paulo Dybala to replace Messi. The Juventus player has had no impact so far in his national team career. However, this opportunity can be used by Dybala to show off his abilities with Argentina.

Another option could be Joaquin Correa, who often plays Scaloni as a second-half substitute.

Correa often comes to take the center-forward position. He can get closer to another center-forward, Lautaro Martinez. (Mal / AUF / OL-09)


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