The Argentine national team lands today in Moscow tonight as one of the favorites to take the title in Russia-2018 but with several recent setbacks that have set off the alarm, after canceling their last friendly against Israel and losing Manuel Lanzini for a serious injury
Those of Jorge Sampaoli, who finalize their preparation in Barcelona since May 31st, will disembark in the southeast of the Russian capital at around 9:40 am (6:40 am EDT) under a strong police watch encouragement to move on to their nasty camp. at the Bronnitsy Coaching Center.
His bunker awaits the finalists of Brazil-2014 with everything ready for Lionel Messi and the rest of the discipline albiceleste can concentrate solely on his real goal: win the World Cup.
After succumbing to Germany in extra time four years ago in Brazil (zero-1), Argentina aspires again to lift a title that resists him from Mexico-1986. With a Messi that will look for the only trophy that he lacks in his showcase, in the month of his birthday.
Today the National Team tried for the first time an eleven that could be the one that will debut in Iceland next Saturday at the World Cup in Russia: Mercado, Otamendi, Tagliafico, Rojo; Meza Mascherano, Lo Celso, Di Maria; Messi and Agüero. And they entered later, Pavon, Salvio, Biglia, Higuain, Armani
Argentina will set foot in Russia after an atypical preparation and with last-minute losses, with a single friendly match before the championship after the suspension of their clash with Israel in Jerusalem for political reasons and the absence of Manuel Lanzini on Friday. serious injury
The Albiceleste, who lost 1-6 to Spain at the end of March in their last game against a direct rival for the title, will only have been tested in the last few weeks against weak Haiti, which they downed by 4-zero, before debut the next sixteen against Iceland. The 21 will be measured against Croatia and the 26 with Nigeria by Group D.
And he can not do it with Lanzini, who broke the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee on Friday when he was aiming for the starter, or with his first goalkeeper, Sergio Romero, also with problems in the same area and disaffected at the end of May.
Thus, with little mileage and last minute breakdowns, Sampaoli will put its machinery to work at peak performance from Sunday. With doubts, a team still to be defined and a replacement on the horizon but with the guarantee of having Lionel Messi at the wheel.