- 1 Argentina National Team: Tactics & Principles
- 2 Qualifying for the World Cup: Predictions & What To Expect
- 3 Argentina National Team Players: Top 5
- 4 Who is Argentina’s National Team Manager?
- 5 Some Additional Tips and Predictions
Argentina is the second best national team from the Americas marked with historical players, teams and victories. Argentina has won the World Cup twice, once almost singlehandedly courtesy on a football icon and legend, Diego Maradona. It has also won the Copa America a record 15 times and is largely seen as a direct rival to the Brazilian National Football team. However, in recent times, there is a sense of disappointment from the nation considering the amount of world class players they have had and currently have. Argentina came closest to win the World Cup in 2014, losing to Germany 1-0 in Brazil.
Argentina National Team: Tactics & Principles
Argentina have become a defensively resolute side under Scaloni who sets his side up in a 4-4-2 block out of possession. Their front 2 will usually mark the opposition’s midfield pivot to force the opposing team to play out to the wide areas where their midfielders and full backs will double up on opposition wingers and fullbacks, forcing them to cross the ball into the box. On the ball, they are adept ball progressors with technical midfielders, full backs and forward players. It’s not as simple as getting the ball to Messi and letting him work his magic. They use his presence as a distraction which helps create space for players like Di Maria and Lautaro Martinez to create chances and space around the opposition box.
Qualifying for the World Cup: Predictions & What To Expect
Having won the Copa America in 2021, the Argentine national team looks to be in good shape as they prepare for the Qatar World Cup in 2022. It was Lionel Messi’s first ever Copa America victory and his first major honour for his country. Bet365 places 10/2 odds of Argentina to win the World Cup for the first time since 1986. With Messi possibly going for his last ever World Cup, it would be written in the stars for Argentina to win. Some say it would solidify Messi as the greatest footballer of all time should he do so. Maybe Messi deserves football to give him its Holy Grail. (Click to read our latest World Cup Qualifying betting tips and predictions).
Argentina National Team Players: Top 5
Argentina is one of the greatest footballing nations in the world. As such, Argentinian footballers have been at the peak of the footballing world for years and remain so. Many of them play In Europe’s top competitions at the highest level and succeed as well, winning countless trophies.
Where do you even start with Lionel Messi? Record 7-time Ballon D’Or winner, arguably the world’s best-ever footballer to grace the pitch, countless records broken and held, Barcelona’s record goalscorer, several Pichichi awards in La Liga, top scorer awards in the Champions League. It feels almost pointless talking about the amount of success he’s had at the highest level. He will, without a doubt, still be hungry for more as he tries to emulate the late Maradona’s feat of winning the World Cup, and whether you’re an Argentinian fan, you wouldn’t begrudge him a World Cup medal. It’s safe to say he more than deserves at least one. (Read our PSG betting Predictions and Odds – Messi’s current team.)
Seen by many as the heir of Kun Aguero and Carlos Tevez, Martinez is similar to the former 2 in his style of play. He is an intelligent, technically gifted, and tenacious center-forward that has made strides in Serie A with Inter Milan. Having won the Serie A in an impressive campaign under Antonio Conte, Martinez is the perfect partner to the focal point of attack. He can drop deep to collect the ball and create chances for his striking partner but also has the eye for goal to carry the goal-scoring burden as well. (Read our Inter Milan betting Predictions and Odds – Martinez’ current team.)
Angel Di Maria
A mercurial winger, Angel Di Maria has been in the game for long enough to be considered of the best wingers in the world. He made his name in Benfica before moving to Real Madrid. At both clubs, he succeeded and consistently performances where he exhibited technical class, with beautiful assists, goals, and trickery, proving himself at the highest level in La Liga. He then moved to Man Utd, where the move didn’t quite work out for him before eventually settling in PSG. For Argentina, he’s earned himself 118 appearances, scoring an impressive 22 goals, and he will be key if they are to succeed in Qatar. (Read our PSG betting tips – Di Maria’s current team.)
Rodrigo De Paul
De Paul’s reputation is growing every time he steps on the pitch. His performances with Atletico Madrid in the Spanish League have caught the eyes of many football fans around the world. He is a number 10 by trade, but he has so much more to his game than creativity. He is starting to show a consistent rise in his goal tally, but he offers adaptability that not many players have. Off the ball, he’s an asset in your team because his work rate is high, and he defensively is an adept tackler and reader of the game. Under Scaloni, he even plays as a central midfielder in a 4-4-2, which is a testament to his wide variety of skills. (Read our Atletico Madrid betting Predictions and Odds – De Paul’s current team.)
Argentina has been crying out for a world-class goalkeeper for years now, and in Emiliano Martinez, they have finally found him. He spent ten years at Arsenal as a 3rd choice keeper or being loaned out to clubs to ensure he had enough game time for his development. Eventually, Arsenal sold him to Aston Villa, and he’s never looked back ever since. He has grown to become a wonderful goalie who is dominant in the air when collecting crosses into his box, he’s also shown fantastic ability to play cheeky passes on the ground, which are requirements for goalkeepers in the modern era. However, the most impressive thing about Emiliano is his consistency in pulling off world-class saves game in, game out. Messi would probably tell you Martinez is the reason they won the Copa America after making a series of penalty shootout saves during the tournament. (Read our Atletico Madrid betting Predictions and Odds – Martinez’ current team.)
Who is Argentina’s National Team Manager?
Lionel Scaloni has done a fantastic job revitalizing this Argentinian side. He’s a relatively young manager by all means and is a former player, having played for the national team seven times. He’s also played for several clubs across Europe, including West Ham, Atalanta, Lazio, Deportiva La Coruna, and Newell’s Old Boys where he started his career, like Lionel Messi. As a player, he won the La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Super Copa De Espanya. As a manager, he won the 2nd biggest trophy for Argentinians, the Copa America in 2021.
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