The five Boca players on Mascherano’s prelist for the Olympic Games :: Olé

05/23/2024 2:21 p.m.

Javier Mascherano confirmed that there is a pre-list of 50 players who could make up the squad of the Under 23 National Team at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Based on this long list, the coach must make the squad, and specify the final list of 18 selected players plus four reserves. Among the preselected, There are five players who belong to Boca that the Little Chief looks closely and evaluates ahead of the international event that will take place from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, August 11.

Mascherano commented in a dialogue with Infobae that within the pre-list are Ezequiel Fernández, Cristian Medina, Nicolás Valentini, Leandro Brey and Kevin Zenón. Unlike the first four mentioned, The latter had not registered calls so far with the Under 23 National Team. The former Unión de Santa Fe – if officially selected – would be part of the team led by the world runner-up with the Argentine National Team for the first time in 2014.

Kevin Zenón could be called up for the first time by Javier Mascherano.

For their part, Equi, Medina, Valentini and Brey have already had experience with the Sub 23 for some time. The Boca players who are finally called up by Mascherano, They would miss the key to the round of 16 of the Copa Sudamericana in case Xeneize finishes second in its group. The first leg would be the week of July 17, a week before the start of the Olympic Games, while the return leg would take place two days before. But the Little Chief said the following about it: “Our ideal is to try to have the majority of the boys training with us two weeks before the debut at least”so effectively the summoned footballers would miss said commitment.

The essentials for Diego Martínez

Mascherano was specifically consulted about the situation of Equi Fernández, Medina and Zenón, who are three of the most important or essential players that Martínez currently has, because all of them are undisputed starters and figures of the team. “They are on the list, on the large list that we have gone beyond 50 footballers. It is a list that is given these days, from that list, when the final date arrives, you have to cut it to 18 plus 4 reserves, which you have in case one of the 18 gets injured to be able to fish from those 4 Bookings”, said the DT, confirming that they are possibilities that he is still evaluating. The same happens with Leandro Brey, but his situation with Boca is not the same, since he is not the undisputed starter due to the presence of Chiquito Romero.

In the event that Equi, Medina and Zenón are called up, Martínez’s team will be dismantled for the 16th round of the Sudamericana.

What did Mascherano say about the Valentini case?

The coach was asked if the AFA gave him any directive not to call up players who do not renew their contracts in their clubs, clearly referring to Nicolás Valentini, who is in the middle of a contractual conflict with Boca, to which Mascherano responded as follows: following. “No, they didn’t give me any. There has been nothing official. Obviously we understand that, if a player is in conflict with his club, we try not to intercede in that conflict. I think that is normal… It is something that we have also done in other categories, such as the Under 20 National Team. We must not forget that the AFA belongs to the clubs, it belongs to the clubs.”the coach responded firmly.

In addition, he confirmed that the defender is on the pre-list, but that there are still no guarantees that he will be called up. “Yes, it is on the list of 50, but well… Because it is a situation that has not yet been defined obviously. There is still time for it to be defined in some other way. I hope it has a happy ending. Not only for Boca , but also for Nico, because he is a good boy and he has given us a lot. There we will begin to evaluate.”commented the former Barcelona defender, Messi’s teammate in club and national team, leaving the door open to the call of the Xeneize center back, who currently does not have minutes in Martínez’s team.

Nicolás Valentini, disaffected from the Boca squad, was not ruled out to travel to Paris according to Mascherano.Nicolás Valentini, disaffected from the Boca squad, was not ruled out to travel to Paris according to Mascherano.
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