Joe’s pre-match preview
I am so excited for this game. Like those kids before they go into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. I want to jump in the river of chocolate and swirl around in it.
Messi was quick to find a microphone after the Saudi Arabia loss to tell everyone “there are no excuses. Now, it’s the time to focus on strength and the unity of the group. It’s time for us to be more united than ever. It’s time to calm down.“
Scaloni will apparently go with Lionel Messi, Ángel Di María and Julián Álvarez up front, and potentially Guido Rodríguez and Alexis Mac Allister behind them with De Paul, given Paredes is a doubt. Manchester United centre-back Lisandro Martínez has also been tipped to start.
If Argentina lose, it will be only the second time they have gone out in the Group Stage (10 points if you can remember the last time they did, and a bonus point if you remember the manager) and the first time they’ve gone out with a game to go in the Group Stage.