One day after having given the first part of the payroll, Lionel Scaloni added Balerdi for the double date of the Qualifiers. Who are missing?
One day after delivering the list of footballers who play in Europe, a new squad of Lionel Scaloni appeared for the double date of the November Qualifiers: Leonardo Balerdi. Yes: the coach of the Argentine National Team had given a list of 25 players on Friday but decided to add the time to Marsella Olympic to have more variants in the position.
It is worth remembering that among the defenders cited there were already Nehuén Pérez, Nicolás Otamendi, Facundo Medina, Walter Kannemann and Lucas Martínez Wednesday. The possibility that there was a citation of Argentine football for the position had also been considered, but with the call of the ex-Boca it seems to be ruled out.
Balerdi wore the National Team shirt twice under Scaloni’s orders in 2019, and it was in friendlies with a 4-0 victory over Mexico and 6-1 over Ecuador.
In addition, he had his place in the call for the match against Chile played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum but did not enter. Thus, in case of adding minutes in the matches against Paraguay (on Thursday 12, at 21, in Bombonera) and Peru (on Tuesday 17, at 19:30, in Lima), he will make his debut in Qualifying.
Now, who is missing to join the long list? Precisely those of the local tournament: Franco Armani, Gonzalo Montiel, Esteban Andrada and Eduardo Salvio. It should be noted that the great novelty in Scaloni’s payroll is the return of Ángel Di María, after his absence in front of the Tri and Bolivia. The losses of Kun Agüero and Germán Pezzella due to injury should also be highlighted.