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As the tournament nearing to be witnessed by the fans of the World Cup, we have spotted some teams to watch out and we are now onto Argentina to give some insights about them and how they can be a threat to every team in the Russia 2018.
Starting off with Leo Messi who is the bookies favourite to receive the Golden Boot, do they really have what it take to successfully go through in the competition?
The jury is still observing as the Barcelona lost their first international trophy during the World Cup final which took place during 2014 and consecutively the Copa America finals to Chile in 2015 and 2016.
Their squad contains a bunch of known names including avier Mascherano, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Nicolas Otamendi to state just a few – their previous ranking wouldn’t be the basis of their qualification during the competition.
Qualifying in the South America they finished third and proceed to the final game way to Ecuador without gaining any win in four games and almost was eliminated. (World Cup Power Rankings)
Messi conceded a goal in the first minute gaining one of the most important scene in his career and considered as one of his hat-trick, resulted for them to become victorious and with other results going on the right direction for them, avoided the humiliation of not being able to qualify for the World Cup.
Their Coach Jorge Sampaoli has said that he doesn’t think that the time is enough for him to get the players on the right track to play the game he wants, which is connected in the 6-1 reversal against Spain in preference to that he is quite having a hard time to polish and mold his players to improve and be able to play fluid. His tactic for charging full-backs can mean that Mascherano and Otamendi in central defence and will be a little exposed in front of goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
In the other hand few teams have more attacking choices Sampaoli. He has a great choice when it comes to his forward option that there are strong players that can be on the position and that lcardi the second top scorer in Series A this season – may be their fall back or plan B.
The ace of Barcelona scored at least five more goals than any other Argentinean in qualification will just be 34 next time around that could mean a mark, but at any rate, he is the country’s all-time top goalscorer that will be driving force behind their journey to the World Cup Russia.
Consisting the Group D will be Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria and winning the matches in this group will qualify them for knock out stage that would require a more concentrated game during their group stage matches. From there it will be a tough fight on the second round that they must improve and balance their fire power and defenses and utilize their weapons properly to achieve the outcome that they want.