The team led by Scaloni is experiencing a transition phase after the replacement. But the basis of this new process is to include players with good technical characteristics and offensive capabilities.
The triumph of the National Team in Lima against a weak Peru was good. And the numerical conclusion of these four qualifying dates is good with 10 points out of 12 only behind Brazil. Now missing FOUR MONTHS for the continuation against Uruguay and Brazil, no less. And in the balance the prospects seem good beyond some difficulties suffered in the home games against Ecuador and Paraguay. That they were a triumph, against the team led by Gustavo Alfaro, now third in the table and tied with the Paraguayans of Eduardo Berizzo. Although there was improvement in the second half of the last game of the Bombonera and a valuable victory at the height of La Paz in the next.
The National Team is experiencing a transition stage after the replacement of the old names of the “three finals” and the appearance of Lionel Scaloni (a DT without any experience in the position) and his coaching staff complete with Pablo Aimar, Walter Samuel and Roberto Ayala, plus the proximity of Fernando Batista, coach of the juveniles. The basic idea of this new process is to include players with good technical characteristics and offensive capabilities.. A line that has to do with the essence of Argentine football (which had it) and the search for an identity. It is not a short process. As much as a Copa América and several friendlies have already passed, all of the above should be taken as a test stage. Until the course and the names of the protagonists are delineated.
There are 14 dates left for these qualifiers (10 next year and 4 in 2022) and that is the time in which you will have to get a reliable formation. First to qualify and then to compete in the World Cup in Qatar. There is a mother idea, which Messi himself shares (he would arrive at the World Cup with 35 and a half years) of banishing the habit of believing that the entire game and responsibilities must go through him. They are looking for a team that has independence from this vice. And in Peru it was noticed. Messi, who had a good performance, felt accompanied by Gio Lo Celso (perhaps the best) who finally managed to show all his skills and by Nico González, a former Argentinos Juniors, currently in the German Stuttgart, which was a true discovery of the coaching staff to move around the left wing.
As the sum of Rodrigo De Paul had also been a success in previous times. The placement of Leandro Paredes as the central midfielder is another challenge. Do not forget that he started in Boca as an eventual follower of Riquelme in the position of hitch and in his European experience he adapted to the positional change. It has handling and great punch, profiles that do not always distinguish the occupants of that position. It lacks rhythm for the clean remove, for example. But it needs more filming. An old soccer saying announces “Tell me how your 5 plays and I’ll tell you how your team plays.” The coaching staff chose Paredes because they want him to mark the style in the middle of the field.
Lucas Ocampos is another good addition, he has power and skill. The center-backs added the rising hierarchy of the young Martínez Quarta (now in Italian football) and Otamendi (of the old generation) still resists. The goalkeeper position seems to be assured with Armani or Andrada, one more used to moving under the sticks and the other, with greater technical capacity to go out and play with his feet. Montiel seems to have won the job, for now, and Tagliafico has already taken European experience. It is noticeable since there is a numerous holder base and replacement possibilities. Lo Celso was a figure in the position that Exequiel Palacios had been in the previous game.
It is difficult to give continuity to the idea and the game if you do not see each other for four months now. But if patience is maintained and the idea is supported, plus the commitment that seems installed from the insistence of Messi himself, the prospects may be interesting. Qatar is two years away. The National Team must achieve solidity to recover a valid identity. It seems to be on the way.