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The best year in history in this century for the National Team is coming to an end. The last images will be those of the players waving in San Juan, after the 0-0 with Brazil, But what will remain in the retinas are the celebrations in the Maracana and then in the Bicentennial, once the qualification to Qatar 2022 has been completed, comfortably, in record time, when Argentina still has four games to go on the calendar and FIFA is issued on the unfinished derby by Anvisa.
The celebration in the dressing room (Tato Pagano).
Everything that started as an experimental cycle, With an interim coach, with a compulsive test of players, in just over three years it became a National Team that ended the 28-year drought without titles, that got into the hearts of the fans, that patented the Scaloneta as a festive and marketing name … And all with a group of footballers who before Russia seemed not to be on Ezeiza’s radar and who now cry out to be the foundation stone of the World Cup list.
Messi, captain and leader (REUTER).
“You have to jump, you have to jump, we are all for Qatar”. The song in the locker room, with the ticket to the World Cup, speaks of a united group, which knows what was promoted indoors, what it achieved outdoors and whose objective is that no ego is above the group. At the same time, it is a song for the coaching staff, although it seems that it does not have controversial overtones as when Maradona was dedicated (in February 2009, before and after the friendly with France), a “we are all, no come more “, seeking to avoid future calls for absent referents at that time.
With a year and three days to go until the World Cup begins, It may seem striking to say that there are already 19 of the 23 who will go to Qatar. But it is a reality. Obviously, that afterwards many games will run under the bridge, there will be imponderables, new appearances, players who will lower their level and others who will raise it exponentially, but the basis is clear.
Scaloni’s list for Qatar 2022 (Image: Luciano Canet).
Scaloni, DT of Argentina (EFE).
And perhaps the most interesting thing is to discover what the doubts are, always and when FIFA does not make the decision to expand the list in good faith, as was done in the Copa América, when it went from 23 players to 28. That would be the best news for Scaloni but, in the meantime, the coaching staff understands that they must make a sketch of 23, and there will be surnames that today are part of the base, which will be left out.
The first doubt is the third goalkeeper: with drawn Martinez and Armani confirmed, lhe who will fight to travel to Doha are Juan Musso and Agustín Marchesín. It is a hand-to-hand fight and it will depend on how they reach the final moment, since they are super even.
Musso, Atalanta man.
Deep down, there is no place. The Lío DT has two players per position and, above all, several of them can fulfill functions in the middle of the court. Then, Molina, Montiel, Cuti Romero, Pezzella, Otamendi, Lisandro Martínez, Acuña and Tagliafico meet with one foot on the plane… It was a bit relegated Martínez Quarta, and further back Juan Foyth.
In the midfield, to which Lisandro and the Egg can be added as variants, there are surnames that do not generate doubts: the line starter (De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso), the spare wheel as Guido Rodríguez, and then the doubts begin … Palacios likes it, but does not settle. The same as Angel Correa. For the coach, Dybala and Papu Gómez they fulfill similar roles and there is room for one of the two.
Angelito Correa, one of those who will fight for a place (AFP).
Above is the magic. Messi, Lautaro and Di María are the winning cards. Nico GonzalezIf you keep the level, it has its place because of its versatility. Julian Alvarez He is one of the favorites of the coaching staff and is another player who can play in various positions, so unless he loses continuity if he leaves River, he is the number placed in the World Cup. Then there is one more place. Today is from Joaquín Correa, who wins the arm wrestling to Alario and Gio Simeone, of tremendous actuality. But since it is a matter of scorers … And they must be added to Kun Aguero, we will have to see the evolution of your health.
Julián Alvarez, River’s scorer (AFP).
“You have to jump, you have to jump, we are all here, for Qatar,” chanted / asked the champions, the architects of 2021 to remember. Are they all there, or will there be room for a surprise?