The journey that has not yet begun, may end sooner than expected: the Argentina national team and Lionel Messi, who for a long time dreamed of returning the trophy to the country – for the first time since that win with Maradona in 1986, is on the verge of being kicked out of the 2022 World Cup. On Saturday (21:00) it will go up to the meeting My fate against Mexico. A win will keep her in the picture, a loss – and she could be eliminated already in the group stage.
But despite the size of the class, the Argentine media report that Lionel Scaloni is not going to make too radical changes. The one who will probably pay the price will be the defender Christian Romero, who did not play a month before the match against Saudi Arabia – and this is certainly evident in his fitness. Lisandro Martinez, who replaced him in the 59th minute, should also take his place in the starting line-up.
Gonzalo Montiel (not a partner against the Saudis) and Marcos Acuna, who came on as a substitute, are also in the picture. Scaloni understands that the defense was his number one problem, and he is definitely considering thickening the link as well.
Alongside Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo de Paul, he may add one of the two – Enzo Fernandez or Alexis McAllister, who will help Paredes against the Mexicans who are going to have a lot of possession. Alongside Fernandez and Martinez, another player who may start is Julian Alvarez from Manchester City, who impressed Scaloni very much in the minutes he played, who may come up front.
Christian Romero. expected to pay the price (GETTY)