Closed training, stifling heat and the unknown for what’s to come: will Scaloni move the board?

Closed training, stifling heat and the unknown for what’s to come: will Scaloni move the board?
Closed training, stifling heat and the unknown for what’s to come: will Scaloni move the board?


SHORT HILLS, New Jersey (special envoy).– He found the tranquility he sought argentine national team, who escaped from the bustle of Atlanta and took refuge in a distant suburban hotel in this city, 40 minutes from downtown. There are few Argentinians who reach the vicinity of the hotel that houses the delegation, and those who do have large fences that prevent them from not only getting close but even observing when the footballers get on or off the bus that takes them to training.

What is not different from the trip to Atlanta, where Argentina beat Canada 2-0 in the debut, is the stifling heat they must endure: the media talks about the hottest weekend so far this year, and It is estimated that the heat wave will last until the middle of next week, meaning that they will face this temperature (above 36 degrees) throughout their stay.

The sights are set on the meeting of the Tuesday, at 10 p.m. in our country, against Chile, no less than at MetLife Stadium. A scenario that brings back bad memories for the team, since there they lost the final of the Copa América Centenario on penalties in 2016, precisely against the trans-Andean team.

Rodrigo De Paul, a fixed number in Scaloni’s formationAFA Press

The work schedule prior to the second match of the group stage includes a new closed-door practice for this Sunday at the New York Red Bull training center (the MLS team), and a press conference for Lionel Scaloni for Monday, in the company of a footballer to be designated. As is customary, the team’s coach will keep the team’s confirmation for himself. “I prefer to tell my players first,” is his usual explanation.

However, taking into account his behavior in these six years of the cycle that he has carried out, it is very likely that the technician will make some tweaks. Against Canada, the centre-back pairing worked perfectly, but some cracks were visible on the sides. We will have to see if it is not the time to rotate, with the income of Gonzalo Montiel and Nicolas Tagliaficorather Nahuel Molina and Marcos Acuña.

Enzo Fernández is an alternative for the midfieldAFA Press

The assembly of the middle forward is another aspect to take into account. It would not be surprising if the coach added another midfielder, like Enzo Fernandezand gave him rest Angel Di Maria, to exploit it better in the second part. In the event that this happens, the 4-3-3 scheme with which he started against the Canadians would change to a kind of 4-4-2with Lionel Messi loose next to the center forward that the coach chooses. Yes ok Julian Alvarez He played a good game and scored a goal, Lautaro Martínez He entered sharply and also added a scream.

Everything, in the field of hypotheses, since Scaloni does not usually give clues and closed practices prevent drawing conclusions. There are two practices left to know who will start looking for a new victory against the Chileans.

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