Messi and Argentina heading for the double?

Winners of the Copa America against arch-rivals Brazil, Argentina now aim for victory in this World Cup, which could be Lionel Messi’s last. His teammates will do everything to give him the most beautiful outings.

After 1978 and 1986, Argentina are looking for a third world crown and especially Lionel Messi’s first. By winning the Copa America, the PSG forward overcame the curse that dogged him with the election, having not won any major title.

This title allowed him to ease the pressure a bit, he will not end his career without a title with Argentina. But he wants more, he wants to win this world trophy which narrowly eluded him in 2014 in Brazil when Argentina lost in the final against Germany. In 2018, it was France, led by a super Kylian MbappĂ©, who crushed the Argentines’ dream in the round of 16.

All that is in the past now and all Argentine eyes are on Qatar where Argentina will be favorites with Brazil and Germany never to be forgotten in the forecasts. Hope is in order because Lionel Scaloni has given a soul to this team, it can develop in several systems. He does not hesitate to change the system during a match, he is not a cautious coach and he adapts to the opponent when necessary. During the qualifiers she was in 4-4-2 or 4-3-3, while during the Copa America she was more in 4-2-3-1.

As in the Copa America, the Argentines will rely on experienced players, Palacios, Nicolas Otamendi, Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria or Lautaro Martinez and of course Lionel Messi. The list will not hold too many surprises, this is not the time for Scaloni to experiment and no youngsters have emerged in recent months to upset the hierarchy.

This is a midfielder

Messi has been in good form since the start of the season and he should have a great World Cup. Although one of the favorites, Argentina has some flaws, especially in midfield. The midfield is inferior to that of Brazil, Germany or Spain. However, if Argentina have problems in this sector during the competition, Messi will make sure to change the games in a stroke of genius. He wants this title, it is the big goal at the end of his career, he prepared to be in good shape in Qatar and when Messi is motivated and physically ready, few players can stop him.

His calendar

November 22: Argentina Saudi Arabia at 11 a.m.

November 26: Argentina Mexico at 8 p.m.

November 30: Poland Argentina at 8 p.m.

How did Argentina qualify?

It is against the great Brazilian rival and despite a sad 0-0 in a match that we expected to be spectacular, that Argentina validated its ticket to Qatar. Messi’s team-mates finished second to Brazil with six points as they conceded a pair of surprising draws. We are especially thinking of 1-1 against Paraguay and Chile at home. Brazil finished with 14 wins and 3 draws compared to 11 wins and 6 draws for the Argentines.

They are the only two unbeaten selections from these qualifiers in South America, Uruguay 3rd, finishing eleven points behind Argentina. Despite their fine attack, Scaloni’s side scored just 27 goals in the draw with Ecuador, far behind Brazil and their 40 goals. She also finished with 2nd defense (8 goals against 5 for Brazil).

Number: 5

Argentina have played in five World Cup finals, winning two in 1978 and 1986. Only three countries have played more than them; Germany (8), Brazil (7) and Italy (6).

Player to watch: Messi finally crowned?

Lionel Messi has won almost everything. After his first Copa America win in the summer of 2021, the seven-time Ballon d’Or has only one thing in mind: winning his first World Cup. At 35, he won’t have many chances to win a World Cup, especially since it could be his last. A finalist in the 2014 edition, he also wants to erase the difficult elimination of 2018 against France in the round of 16. After the World Cup, it is time for the former Barcelona player to think about his future. At the end of the contract with PSG, he could return to Barcelona or leave to try his luck in MLS.

Forecast

Argentina would like to offer a world title to their star, but the squad is much less complete than Brazil in particular. It has a great attack, but the midfield, defense and goalkeeper are under other choices. She is an underdog not a favorite.

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