Monday, February 6, 2023

Di Maria, Scaloni’s suspicion for the end; aguero player 27

DOHA ( Associated Press) – Will Angel Di Maria get his revenge after eight years?

The Italian Juventus winger missed the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil due to a tear and another muscle ailment in Qatar prevented him from starting in the round of 16.

Di Maria, 34, trained normally on Thursday with players who didn’t play or did so for a few minutes in Tuesday’s semi-final 3-0 win against Croatia, in a bid to return to the squad for the final France left the door open in three days

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United forward, among other clubs, was unavailable for the round of 16 against Australia due to overload in the quadriceps of his left leg. He played the last minutes of extra time against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals and did not score in the win over the Croats.

With him available, coach Lionel Scaloni will have the opportunity to return to his preferred 4-3-3 scheme, with Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez on offense.

“Noodle” was the author of the 1-0 winning goal against Brazil in the 2021 Copa America final, ending a streak of 28 years without the title. It was a repair for Abhishek Di Maria, who was in the ill-fated continental final against Chile in 2015 and 2016, in addition to missing out on the World Cup decider eight years ago.

The other option is to replicate the 4-4-2 draw from the win against Croatia, with Leandro Paredes as the fourth midfielder. And a 5-3-2 scheme with Lisandro Martinez in defense is less likely.

This Thursday, in the first practice session after the semi-final victory, 34-year-old former striker Sergio Aguero put back on his training clothes to share a moment of relaxation with 26 of his former national team-mates.

He already celebrated the win against the Netherlands with them on the pitch and called out Messi and other players in a hilarious crossword on his Twitch channel.

The invitation to the former striker for Independiente, Atlético de Madrid, Manchester City and Barcelona came just a year after his retirement from football due to cardiac arrhythmia.

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