Messi and Argentina towards the double?

Winner of the Copa America against their best enemy, Brazil, Argentina is now aiming for a victory in this World Cup that could be the last for Lionel Messi. His teammates will do everything to give him the most beautiful of outings.

After 1978 and 1986, Argentina is looking for a third world crown and above all the first of Lionel Messi. By winning the Copa America, the PSG forward won the curse that haunted him with the selection as he had not won any major title.

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

All that has passed now and all Argentine eyes are on Qatar where Argentina will be favored with Brazil and Germany who should never be forgotten in the predictions. Hope is a must because Lionel Scaloni has given a soul to this team, it can evolve into more systems. He does not hesitate to change the system during a match, he is not a prudent coach and adapts to the opponent when necessary. During the qualifying matches he was 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 while during the Copa America he was more 4-2-3-1.

As in Copa America, the Argentines will rely on expert 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 young people have emerged in recent months to upset the hierarchy.

A midfielder in question

Messi has been in excellent shape since the beginning of the season and should have a great World Cup. Although he is one of the favorites, Argentina have some flaws, especially in midfield. The midfield is lower than that of Brazil, Germany or Spain. But if Argentina has problems in this sector during the competition, Messi will take care of changing the games with a stroke of genius. He wants this title, it’s the great end-of-career milestone, he’s prepared to be fit in Qatar and when Messi is motivated and physically ready, few players can stop him.

His calendar

November 22: Argentina to Saudi Arabia at 11am

November 26: Argentina Mexico at 8pm

November 30: Poland Argentina at 8pm

How did Argentina qualify?

It is against the great Brazilian rival and, despite a sad 0-0 in a match that we expected spectacular, that Argentina have validated the ticket for Qatar. Messi’s teammates finished second in Brazil by six points, conceding some surprising draws. We think in particular of the 1-1 against Paraguay and Chile at home. Brazil finished with 14 wins and 3 draws against 11 wins and 6 draws for the Argentines.

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

The number: 5

Argentina have played five World Cup finals, winning two in 1978 and 1986. Only three nations 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 victory in the summer of 2021, the seven-time Ballon d’Or has only one thing in mind: to win his first World Cup. At 35 he won’t have much chance of winning a World Cup, especially since he could be the last. Finalist of the 2014 edition, he also wants to cancel the difficult elimination of 2018 against France in the round of 16. After the World Cup, it will be time for the former Barcelona player to think about his future. At the end of his contract with PSG he could return to Barcelona or leave to try his luck in MLS.

Prognosis

Argentina will want to offer their star a world title, but the team is far less complete than Brazil in particular. He has an excellent attack but midfield, defense and goalkeeper are below the other selections. She is a loser, not the favorite.

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