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Argentina starting XI for FIFA 2018 World Cup World Football 

Argentina starting XI for FIFA 2018 World Cup

Defence and Goalkeeper:

In goal, Argentina boss Sampaoli should not have much trouble given the limited options on table. Sergio Romero, the Manchester United goalkeeper, and Geronimo Rulli, the Real Sociedad shotstopper, are the only real contenders for the position. Romero hasn’t played much for United, but his experience will be valuable, given that he held the position in the last world cup as well. Rulli, on the other hand, is enjoying an impressive time at San Sebastian, barring the recent debacle against Real Madrid. A three-man defence in front of the goalkeeper would be the better option. The likes of Otamendi, Garay and Rojo would be an impressive trio. Otamendi is having his best season for City so far, playing long diagonal balls for fun, while also improving his defensive game. Rojo, despite his lack of significant playing time, has been solid whenever being called upon while Garay is an experienced head and will improve the physicality and the aggression, which sometimes Argentina have been guilty of lacking.


Midfield has often been a cause for concern for Argentina; however, given the changes the players have gone through domestically in recent years, that problem might just have been solved. Javier Mascherano is as reliable as ever to shield the three man defence, while Lucas Biglia’s fine form has seen him compared to the likes of Andrea Pirlo. On the either side of Mascherano and Biglia will be the likely be the pair of Di Maria and Javier Pastore, taking care of the wings. Di Maria has had a rough time with PSG signing the likes of Neymar and Mbappe, which has drastically reduced the Argentine’s playing time. Nevertheless, a brace and a winning goal in the last two games for the Parisienshas brought Di Maria back in contention. His recent up turn in form will be a blessing for Argentina, as just about everyone knows what Di Maria brings on the table when in rhythm. Pastore, on the other hand, has had a similar situation for nearly two years now. Despite that, he remains a key figure at Parc de Paris, where the fans adore him. On his day, Pastore is unstoppable. The fact that he warms the bench week in week out when he could be playing for a top club remains an unresolved mystery. The no 10 position will have no competition as it will be occupied by the inhuman, Lionel Messi. The greatest player in the world is the sole reason why Argentina will make the trip to Russia, with his crucial hattrick in the must win game against Ecuador.


The one department which will surely leave Sampaoli scratching his head will be the front line. Not because he lacks a real no 9, but because he has so many big names at his disposal and just 2 positions for them. Argentina possess the luxury of having the likes of Higuain, Juve’s most expensive signing ever, Dybala,Juve’s most exciting prospect and Aguero, City’s leading goal scorer to choose from. Sampaoli will have the task of maintaining peace in the dressing room, as the big heads don’t often deal well with substitutions, a lesson French and the Dutch are used to. Aguero and Dybala though would be the likely candidates, given their fluidity. The duo have scored 31 goals between them domestically this season and will be a daunting pair to face come next summer in Russia.


GK – Geronimo Rulli

LCB – Marcos Rojo

CB – Nicolas Otamendi

RCB – EzequielGaray

LDM – Lucas Biglia

RDM – Javier Mascherano

LM – Javier Pastore

RM – Angel Di Maria

CAM – Lionel Messi

LS – Sergio Aguero

RS – Paulo Dybala

Some team to compete for the world cup.

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