Two private flights and a very different concentration, the AFA plan for the “Europeans” of the Selection

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The charters with the players summoned, including Lionel Messi, will depart from London or Rome.

In a week, Lionel Messi will set his feet back in Argentine territory to dress in the National Team’s clothes and make his debut in the Qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, on Thursday, October 8 in the Bombonera against Ecuador and later travel to Bolivia for the second commitment, on Tuesday the 13th in La Paz. From the management of Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, the European clubs pledged to give up their players. And to streamline logistics and ensure the transfer of the men cited by Lionel Scaloni, the Argentine Football Association will arrange two private jets.

As found out Clarion, the AFA finalizes the details so that in two charter flights all the players can arrive without problems to Ezeiza next Monday. London or Rome could be the cities where footballers meet, with captain Messi at the helm, to travel together to the country. At the moment, Argentina is the only South American federation to opt for this planning to unify the arrival of those summoned from the Old continent, which are 27 of the 30 on the foreign list.

Renzo saravia (Inter from Brazil), Walter Kannemann (Gremio from Brazil) and Cristian Pavón (LA Galaxy from the United States) are the three outsiders who will not have to cross the Pacific Ocean. To these will also be added those of local football, whose citation will be announced later this week. Those who are followed by Scaloni are Franco Armani, Esteban Andrada, Gonzalo Montiel, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Eduardo Salvio (these would be called) and Nacho Fernández and Matías Zaracho.

Once inside the property, the first thing everyone will undergo is the rigorous tests. They will be swabbed and go to their individual rooms. So that everyone can be comfortable, the squad and coaching staff will be divided between complexes 1 and 2, that is, between the Youth and Major sectors. There will be a total of 40 rooms available.

As they will have to wait for the results (although the players are permanently controlled in their respective teams), which will be late on Monday, Scaloni could only have his first training session with his boys on Tuesday. On Wednesday it is stipulated that there will be tactical and standing ball exercises and on Thursday they will have to go out onto the field. The working time is almost nil so the albiceleste technician will bet on the safe and will put together a formation according to what was already working for him in 2019.

The health and coexistence protocol on those days in the Ezeiza property will be very strict. The 25 people that make up the National Team’s staff (technical staff, doctor, props, communication, cooks and waiters, maintenance and cleaning) have been there since last Monday carrying out the quarantine. From that moment, no one enters or leaves to preserve the environment.

Upon arrival of the players, the staff will stay in the beds arranged in the Futsal complex for greater comfort. Messi and company must wear a chinstrap and keep their distance at all times. There can be no meetings. The mate, that inevitable companion and factor of union in each concentration of the Selection, will be individual. Neither will they be able to have a table or gather in the rooms to play cards, for example.

Each one will change in their room and then go to practice. The shower will also have to be in the rooms. The changing room will be restricted as a place to stay. You can only visit to pick up some material or clothing.

It is clear that it will not be a concentration like the others and everything will be uncomfortable within the comfort offered by the extensive facilities of the property. But you will have to adapt and respect the protocols.

This is what Scaloni himself has been doing since he arrived on Tuesday, September 14 from Mallorca. The coach born in Pujato will finish doing the two-week preventive isolation this Tuesday and will be able to move since until now he practically lived in his room. Players will be exempt from quarantine both when entering Argentina (although they will never be able to leave the premises) and when returning to the countries where they play, due to FIFA management.

This will be the days of Messi and the members of the National Team in Ezeiza, waiting to start the qualifying path towards the next World Cup.



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