Just a day left before SAMPAOLI’S official debut. Argentines are hopeful of the new era being set-up by the former Seville Coach.
It looks like Lionel MESSI is going to play the match on Friday vs Brazil and then fly off to Rosario, Argentina to continue planning and finalizing the details for his upcoming wedding at the end of this month.
There has been word that Nicolas OTAMENDI is also getting married in a few days as well. This means that both MESSI and OTAMENDI will miss the match vs. Singapore.
Yesterday,his team formation was a 3-4-2-1 formation. As we all know this isn’t the usual formation Argentina has used in the past few years. Sergio ROMERO kept his place in goal. The three defenders were: Nicolas OTAMENDI, FAZIO or MAMMANA, & MERCADO. There were 4 midfielders: DI MARIA & SALVIO as the wingers and BIGLIA and BANEGA played the middle. Up front, SAMPAOLI had Gonzalo HIGUAIN as his main striker, while Lionel MESSI and Paulo DYBALA are set to play in the hole. Here is a picture of what it looks like: What do you guys think?
It also looks like SAMPAOLI has been tinkering with his formations again. This time he included the defender José Luis Gómez. In terms of the formation, SAMPAOLI tried out a new system. He went from a 3-4-2-1 to a 4-2-3-1 formation. Jonatan Maidana replaced Emmanuel Mammana and José Luis Gómez played in his natural right back position. Gabriel MERCADO moved to the left wing back position and so Eduardo SALVIO was dropped from the lineup.
SAMPAOLI’S team during this practice was:
Sergio Romero; José Luis Gómez, Jonatan Maidana, Nicolás Otamendi, Gabriel Mercado; Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia; Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Ángel Di María; Gonzalo Higuain.
Lastly, Nicolás OTAMENDI finished the practice in pain and now is a doubt for Friday’s match. Mauro ICARDI is also sidelined for now.