The team trained in New Jersey, Scaloni tried changes and Dibu left a message

The team trained in New Jersey, Scaloni tried changes and Dibu left a message
The team trained in New Jersey, Scaloni tried changes and Dibu left a message

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NEW JERSEY, (special correspondent).- The Argentine national team will try to qualify for the Copa America final on Tuesday. It will be against Canadaa rival that the team of Lionel Scaloni faced in the debut and won. This Sunday the team carried out an arduous training session focused on physical and football exercises; in the last practice before the decisive match the coach will finish defining the starting 11.

Con Leo Messi Up front, the players had their first training session in New Jersey before the semi-final. Some with mate in hand, smiling and relaxed, dressed in beige shirts, and facing the heat (which continues to hit much of the United States), they left the hotel and began the journey to the New York Red Bull stadium.

The coaching staff arranged various physical and football exercises to prepare for the match at MetLife in the best possible shape.

In training Scaloni tried out variations to raise the level of the last match and avoid surprises.The news came in the defense: Marcos Acuña, the only injured player left among the 26, was available again. He was called up for practice Saturday in Houston but will remain on the bench.

Another one that ended with a slight discomfort the last match was Lisandro Martinezbut will once again form the central duo with Romero’s holiday. In the middle, changes are foreseen, with the possible departure of Enzo Fernandezwhich would be replaced by Leandro Paredes or Giovanni Lo Celso. Above, Angel Di Maria y Julian Alvarez (probably for Nico González and Lautaro Martínez, respectively) await their chance to accompany Lionel Messi.

Angel Di Maria at the training of the Argentine national team

And once again the captain’s physical condition will be the biggest question mark in these days of preparation. The 10 finished the last match without any worsening of the strain he suffered in his right adductor in the match against Chile. That was the most encouraging thing. But His lack of rhythm against the Ecuadorians was worrying. Likewise, it has its place assured.

The Argentine national team training in New JerseyAFA

The Argentine national team training in New JerseyAFA

Emiliano “Dibu” Martínez, the star of the last penalty shootout, left a message for the fans: One more and we are in the final”.

This Monday, Scaloni will speak to the press and then finish outlining the starting 11. Another massive demonstration of Argentine fans is expected in Times Square, the busiest corner in New York, in the evening before the semi-final.

On June 24, prior to the match against Chile in this same city, thousands of Argentines organized a historic rally in downtown New York.

For its part, Canada arrives with one less day of rest than the national team for the match at MetLife. Your technician, Jesse Marchwill also look for variants to complicate things for its first rival in this cup. “The match against Argentina will have to be the best we have ever played”Marsch said, although he clarified that “this may not be enough.” The North American team arrives emboldened after eliminating Venezuela, the favorite in the pre-match round.

The Argentine national team training in New JerseyAFA

In the lead-up to the Ecuador match, the main focus in the national team bunker was on the captain’s injury. He ended up playing the full 90 minutes against Ecuador but his presence was not significant and he even missed the first penalty in the shoot-out.

“I felt fine, I had no discomfort. I felt a bit of psychological fear, like when you have an injury, which is always there. But at a muscular level I didn’t feel anything. He asked me if I was ready to play, if I was okay, and I told him yes,” he said after the match.

Messi had little participation against EcuadorAnibal Greco

Regarding how he spent these days, in which he was in doubt, the Argentine captain said: “I was trying to get rid of the discomfort I had, the pain, training little by little, feeling a little scared, but in the end in the last training session I felt much better, and I felt that I could be there.”

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