Jorge Sampaoli, the coach of Argentina, has Friday, a day before the openingsduel of the Argentines against Iceland, at the press conference the eleven names of his basisspelers read. “We do this because we are sure how we want to play”, gave Sampaoli as an explanation. Sergio Agüero will get a rise next to Lionel Messi in the striker. Juventus-highlights Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala to start on the bench. In goal, Willy Caballero is the replacement for the injured Sergio Romero.
“We have in this setup, we trained and I do not find it necessary, they have to continue to keep it a secret”, added the Argentine coach. “We are ready to take us in the coming month to show as one of the strongest countries in the world.” Argentina takes the Saturday (15h00) on against world cup debutants Iceland.
Sampaoli showed Friday a lot of respect for the Icelanders. “It is a strong team. It won’t be easy opportunities to enforce.” About the bankzittersstatuut of Higuain and Dybala was Sampaoli clear. “We need a team to kick that Lionel Messi and allows it to shine. His team mates are so very important.”
The Argentine coach went a little further by his 31-year-old star player. “I think, incidentally, that this is not Leo’s last world cup. With its qualities and professionalism, he decides when he plays or not. It is a genius and he plays also.”
Preparation Argentina against Iceland:
Caballero, Salvio, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico, Mascherano, Biglia, Mesa, Messi, Di Maria and Agüero.