The devastating loss from the Copa America Centenario finals has led into an early retirement of FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi. Their campaign against Chile will be his last international appearance. But it’s not just Messi that made his final vow in the international scene – there will be no Javier Mascherano, Angel di Maria and Sergio Aguero as well.
Coach Tata Martino also resigned, with that the Argentine Football Association is expected to have a hard time coping with those lost.
Yet, Julio Larticoechea promises to help his team surpass the heat even with only 13 or 14 men available to play in the field.
The challenge is now on for the new coach as he tries to maximize the few players left on his side. Doubt started to roam around as to whether they will be able to surpass the heat without the essential players on the field.
Devastation can be felt by the whole Argentine management that even their Olympic Committee President Gerardo Werthein describe it as a disgrace. Frustration was added more when some national team didn’t allowed their players to participate on the said event.
Although out of important playmakers, Olarticoechea will try to do his best to guide his team towards a triumphant win. With only few talented footballers on his side the new manager will try to build a strong squad. It is only matter of trusting his players, vice versa.
Passion will help him determine what his men are capable of doing.
Argentine Football Squad (Tentative)
Goalkeepers: Geronimo Rulli, Axel Werner
Defenders: Jose Luis Gomez, Lisandro Magallan, Lautaro Gianetti, Victor Cuesta, Leandro Vega, Alexis Soto
Midfielders: Santiago Ascacibar, Maurucio Martinez, Lucas Romero, Giovani Lo Celso
Forwards: Angel Correa, Joaquin Correa, Crutian Espinoza, Manuel Lanzini, Luciano VIetto, Giovanni Simeone.
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