Scaloni thinks about changes.  Photo: Fernando de la Orden / Special Envoy

Changes are coming to a team that showed obvious shortcomings, especially from midfield to the back.

The hours go by here, in Doha, and the conviction that what happened in the debut was a lesson that left clear messages and signs that must be picked up and taken into account for Saturday is very clear. Indoors, the Selection Argentina lived moments of chewing fights, swallowing poison, reflecting and analyzing.

But this Thursday, in training at 6:00 p.m. in Qatar (12:00 a.m. in Argentina), it was time to make decisions for Lionel Scaloni. Changes are coming to a team that showed obvious shortcomings, especially from midfield to the back. Who leaves and who enters?

For the first game it was clear that the albiceleste coach played for the traditional formation, including the usual names, those that come out of memory if it is necessary to say what are the eleven o’clock staggeredbeyond the fact that the DT remarks over and over again that nobody is untouchable except Lionel Messi.




Scaloni thinks about changes. Photo: Fernando de la Orden / Special Envoy

What was seen was confirmation that several did not reach one hundred percent from the physical. It is not that some have gone out on the field injured, no. But he did have a notable lack of rhythm due to coming without filming precisely because he was recovering from injuries. There were more notable cases than others, such as those of Cristian Romero and Leandro Paredes.

Both had suffered muscle strains at their respective clubs (Tottenham and Juventus) in October and got on the plane with no activity in the last three weeks. It is the evil that many footballers suffer in this atypical World Cup. It was either that or risk a major injury that could have sidelined them.

Neither of them had a good performance in the 1-2 with Saudi Arabia, although it is clear that they were not the only ones responsible for the unexpected fall at the Lusail Stadium. There were also low performances in players with travel.

Cuti Romero does not reach the intersection to avoid Saleh Al-Shehri's goal.  Photo.  AFP


Cuti Romero does not reach the intersection to avoid Saleh Al-Shehri’s goal. Photo. AFP

That’s why, Scaloni put everything under review. And he plans to move the bank because another loss would mean going home. He knows. He has already shown that his pulse does not tremble when choosing whether to put together a roster or a formation. And, as she was able to find out Clarionthis will not be the exception.

Cuti Romero could be one of those men who leave their place for the entry of Lisandro Martínez. That was one of the changes he made after the two Arab goals on Tuesday. He also sent Enzo Fernández and Julián Alvarez to the field. The one from Benfica left a very good impression and could get into the headlines.

In whose place? It would be striking if at the first opportunity he dispenses with a name that is a bastion of this cycle like Paredes. But if it is put in the balance that the situation is all or nothing, added to the history of Scaloni to make strong decisionsshould not be ruled out.

Paredes felt the inactivity.  Photo: AFP


Paredes felt the inactivity. Photo: AFP

Another option is to be Alejandro Gomez who leaves his place on the grass. Thus, the scheme would go from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3, with Enzo as inside midfielder completing the trident in the middle with Paredes and Rodrigo De Paul.

Other positions under the magnifying glass are the sides. Gonzalo Montiel is an alternative to go for Nahuel Molina on the right. Another story is that of the left sector, without a fixed owner. Nicolás Tagliafico did not round off a bad performance (within a weak general context), but Marcos Acuña would give him more projection.

These are decisive hours for Argentina. The coach will begin to define the team that will play the first step to get the classification on track. It can’t fail.

Doha, Qatar. Special delivery.

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