After a 36-year delay, the Argentina National Team has been crowned world champion at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He did this under the technical direction of Leonelli Scaloni, a coach who arrived among the whispers and today is located in the great pantheon of history. of the Albiceleste. Beyond the humble profession and the work of the educational staff, one constant was present in his arrival on the land of Qatar: tactical and strategic variants. Scaloni’s team almost never repeated and he always lived second to his rival. Here, a review of the different variants that have been released.
Disadvantage against Saudi Arabia, with 4-4-2
The champion’s first stop was a shock. It happened against Saudi Arabia and it was a 2-1 defeat, a result that shook the calm of the Argentine team. On that day, Scaloni stayed in a 4-4-2 that was three times different from the one against France in the final. The top nine was the start of Lautaro Martínez, who, despite the immense sacrifice shown, ended up losing the place to Iulián Álvarez. On the other hand, Alejandro Papu Gómez was selected to fill the absence of Giovani Lo Celso, who missed the World Cup due to injury. Likewise, Leandro Paredes and Rodericus De Paul shared the center of Argentina’s midfield.
Messi vs. Saudi Arabia
Both Papu and Paredes would end their roles in the World Cup: the former, as a substitute from the bench until he sprained his ankle; and secondly, to have the ball and to command the midfield, even from the bench, when needed, to have horses.
Against Mexico, the same military system but with different names
The second game, the key to the hopes of the Albiceleste to continue in the World Cup, DT again stopped 4-4-2, but with different interpreters. In the beginning, the only defense that repeated around the first game was Nicolas Otamendi. Cristian Cuti Romero, Nahuel Molina and Nicolas Tagliafico gave their places to Lisandro Martínez, Gundisalvus Montiel and Marcos Acuña.
Enzo Fernandez goal vs. Mexico
In midfield, Guido Rodríguez has added minutes as a starter in place of Leandro Paredes, while Alexis Mac Allister is giving the first signs that he will be almost indispensable for Argentina in Qatar. Di MARIA, for his part, carries out the double task of supporting the midfield and increasing the attacks, so that the system sometimes becomes 4-3-3. Also, in the competition of the game to enter who will determine the form of the Scaloneta in the World Cup: Enzo Fernández, who also scored the goal.
4-3-3 to submerge Lewandowski in Poland
With a better rhythm and better examples of balls given against Mexico than in the debut, the third game against Poland provided the first tactical change of Leonelli Scaloni: a much more offensive 4-3-3 against European teams that bet to hold the event. and they will send the ball to their star striker Robert Lewandowski.
Romero and Molina returned to the defense, while Acuña continued on the left side, and Otamendi did not move in the second half of the title. In the midfield, Alexis and Enzo would be the starters not to leave again, while De Paul continued to be the engine of Argentina’s football.
Ángel Di María started to play more advanced (although in the previous games, when he was in the right midfield, he sometimes ended up as a pointer), Messi was always loose and ended up giving Lautaro Martínez in the attack. prominence to Iulián Álvarez, another pillar of the world champion of Argentina.
The bet on some names that were paid and now started in the features, like the case of Alexis Mac Allister and Iulián Álvarez, had a return: Argentina won 2-0 and both scored goals for the champion.
They reverted to 4-4-2 to beat Australia in the round of 16
The first direct elimination match of the Argentine National Team against Australia, from an unexpected opponent since Denmark did not have the best World Cup and was eliminated in the group stage. For that duel, Di María’s absence due to a muscle problem caused Papu Gómez to return to the team. On the other hand, Julian Álvarez is already established as an attacking partner with Messi.
In midfield, Enzo Fernández became the master of the center of the field. Alexis Mac Allister offered himself the option of Messi for a clean pass, which would be so missed with the loss of Lo Celso, while De Paul continued to be a tank in that area.
In the fourth quarter, the Argentine National Team had a strong opponent: the Netherlands with Louis Van Gaal as coach. For that duel Scaloni produced three defenders with two wingers from the start. So the defense started with Lisandro Martínez, Nicolas Otamendi and Cuti Romero in the background, accompanied by Huevo Acuña and Molina on the wings.
Goal by Nahuel Molina in Argentina-Netherlands
Apart from the name changes in the game, the rest of the team remained the same and so it went until the penalties. At that moment, the coaching staff led by Scaloni showed anticipation and preparation by deciding to send Gonzalo Montiel to the field, knowing that he was one of the kickers in the series and that the river player would not disappoint before; penalty scoring
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Return 4-4-2 to beat Croatia and go to the final
The duel against Croatia in the semifinals of the World Cup was perhaps the greatest demonstration of superiority that the Argentine team had in the Cup, leaving out the 80 minutes in which they dominated France in the final.
For the match with Luka Modric’s men, Scaloni returned to a 4-4-2 formation, although the interpreters were different from the start of the World Cup. Without Di María, Paredes returned to the original team and, together with Enzo Fernández, took over the playing field. Roderick De Paul and Alexis Mac Allister provided deployment and wing support.
messi vs croatia
In defense, Molina remained but Nicolas Tagliafico returned, while Romero and Otamendi continued to watch the public in central defense, without striker Andrej Kramaric breathing and sustaining the attacks of the European team.
The return of Di Maria, 4-3-3 and the champion of Argentina Qatar 2022
In the run up to the duel against France, much has been said about the possibility of playing again with a line of three defenders and two wings, especially about the threat from the attack led by Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Olivier. Giroud But the coach leaned towards 4-3-3 and picked the game competitively.
Two surprising decisions made by the coaching staff were the inclusion of Di Maria from the start, because the duel against Poland was not from the beginning, and Tagliafico, the left wing. The result is in sight: for 80 minutes the national team subdued the French and Fideo was one of the top team, scoring the goal and generating the penalty kick for the first goal of the game.
Leonellus Scaloni gave a master class on how to adapt to the work of his rivals, as Alejandro Sabella did once in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the team never repeated and showed that art is not the same as strategy, but both. must be crowned in the World Cup.
The phone numbers have changed, but the translators are still there, and with them, a way to get the money. Only one thing happened, so that the players were considered 35 days more: to be world champions, and the boys succeeded. TyC Sport.