Paulo Dybala and his unusual curse with the National Team: once again he is left out of the list

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After entering in the last quarter of an hour of the tie between Lazio and Juventus, he was disaffected from the Albiceleste. Nor will Acuña travel.

So far, the relationship between Paulo Dybala and the Argentine National Team has more disagreements than joys. In five years, from his debut in the Major League in October 2015 to this November 2020 in which he has just stayed – again – outside the second double round of the Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 (Ecuador and Bolivia), the current player of Juventus not only could he never surrender his true rival with Celeste and Blanca but also accumulated a losing streak that includes expulsions, injuries -some striking-, controversial statements, conflicts and others.

On this occasion, after having played the last quarter of an hour (entered by the injured Cristiano Ronaldo) of the tie between Lazio and Juventus, the Cordovan was once disaffected from the National Team. The reason? She presented “general genitourinary symptoms, requiring sports rest and evaluations.” It thus adds to the out of Egg Acuña.

It is worth remembering that at the beginning of these Qualifiers (the double date against Ecuador and Bolivia), despite having traveled to South America, he was finally left out due to gastrointestinal problems.

Since then, it did have enough action with the Old lady. For him Football, played the full game against Hellas Verona, 56 minutes before Spice and 15 against Lazio. For the Champions League, 34 in Kiev against Dynamo, the 90 against Barcelona and, with goal and everything, 22 against Ferencvaros.

When he made his debut, at the hand of Gerardo Martino, against Paraguay for the second round of the Qualifiers for Russia 2018, it seemed to be the kickoff in the National Team of a footballer who would make history. At just 21 years old, in that game he showed flashes of his talent, which a few months before had led him to be signed by no less than the powerful Juventus, after his start at the Institute and his spectacular passage through the Palermo of Italy.

But nevertheless, the jewel never got started. In his third game with Argentina, against Colombia, they disallowed a goal when he was not actually offside. Already in 2016, he was involved in a controversy. In the middle of that year there were two commitments: the Copa América Centenario and, immediately afterwards, the Olympic Games in Rio. Martino’s idea was to take him to Brazil but finally Juventus decided not to give him up, so Dybala was left without playing the two tournaments with the National Team.

After that disagreement, with Bauza as DT, Paulo played in Mendoza against Uruguay. In that game he shot the stick, was poorly cautioned and before the end of the first half received the second yellow and red. He left the court crying, aware of the missed opportunity.

After the Bauza cycle, in which he also played against Peru, Jorge Sampaoli arrived. There he started in the Centennial against Uruguay and also with Venezuela in the Monumental, both for the Qualifiers, but his performance was weak in both games. And there came a statement his that marked him and for which he received many criticisms. “What I’m going to say will seem strange but it is a bit difficult to play with Messi because we play in the same position. I try to respect his space on the pitch and feel as comfortable as possible. Surely I am the one who has to adapt more to him and help him from where I can, “he said without the intention of generating the controversy that was generated.

With Sampaoli, he never performed. Already in the year of the World Cup, he suffered a muscle injury in the first months and missed the two previous friendlies against Italy and Spain. His participation in Russia became in doubt, much more with a statement from the DT that raised dust. “We thought that Paulo was a top player in the National Team because we were excited about that. Later, as time went by, what was the process until now, or we did not know how to locate Paulo or he did not adapt to the idea that he is totally different from his club. He is still having a hard time assembling himself with what we think, “he said. Sampa, raising doubts about Dybala’s presence among the 23.

Finally, the Juventus player made the list that traveled to the World Cup. There, they only played 22 minutes in the group stage match against Croatia. Little and nothing.

Already in the Scaloni cycle, an audience at the TAS made him lose the debut match of the cycle against Guatemala. In the Copa América 2019 he played in four of the six games played by the National Team, although only in one (third place against Chile) he started. In that match he scored his second goal with the Argentine shirt (the previous one was in the friendly against Mexico in November 2018). In total he has two goals in 29 games.

Already in 2020, after having overcome Covid-19 and risking his arrival in the National Team due to a sanitary protocol measure by the Italian authorities, Dybala was left with the desire to debut in these Qualifiers. A gastrointestinal problem He left him out of the premiere against Ecuador and days later, when the coaching staff noticed that he had not fully recovered, he did not get on the plane that took the team to Bolivia for Tuesday’s meeting in La Paz. When will the Jewel explode in the National Team? Against Paraguay and Peru, on the next FIFA date, surely not.

The fears were confirmed and Marcos Acuña will not be able to be in Argentina for the double elimination date. The former Ferro y Racing, Sevilla player, had left the court with a muscular discomfort in the match that the Andalusian team beat Osasuna this Saturday with a goal from Lucas Ocampos. This Sunday it was confirmed that he will not be able to play against Paraguay and Peru.


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