On training at Ezeiza, yesterday, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has picked 10 players who will be a starter against Haiti. In the 4-3-3 formation, the bald headed coach puts Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria as weapons in the attack line alongside Lionel Messi.
In the defender's position, Sampaoli in first practice put Nicolas Otamendi and Federico Fazio as the doorstop. Both will be accompanied by two wing-backs, Cristian Ansaldi and Nicolas Tagliafico.
Interestingly, for the midfield, the former Chilean coach is still giving confidence to veteran midfielder, Javier Masherano. The former Barcelona player will sustain an attack from the middle sectors alongside young PSG players Giovanni Lo Celso and Manuel Lanzini.
"And it could be a starting eleven against the Caribbean formation at the La Boca stadium, although there is still no confirmation," the Argentine sports website Doble Amarilla reported from Loop Haiti.
In the second practice yesterday, Sampaoli showed modifications that he might do. Sevilla defender Gabriel Mercado occupies Ansaldi position. While AC Milan midfielder, Lucas Biglia fill the place Mascherano. In the front sector, Sergio "Kun" Aguero shared the role with El Pipita, nicknamed Higuain.
The goalkeeper so far has not been determined Sampaoli. However, if talking experience, Willy Caballero will likely start the game from the start to complete the formation of the Tango starter in the World Cup Russia, June-July.
"We will have the main system of attack (when having the ball) which will be 2-3-3-2. I am very excited to rely on this player and every time I see them practicing, the dream gets bigger. We will be very competitive in the World Cup, "Sampaoli said at Mundo Albiceleste.
The tactician who brought Cle champion Copa America 2015 was admitted very optimistic with this squad even though they had just lost goalkeeper Sergio Romero who had a knee injury and had to ride the operating table. He also has talked specifically with Messi who he said is very enthusiastic.
"I spoke with Messi and I saw him very enthusiastic for what will happen. Physically, he's fine. Sergio Aguero has been practicing normally since last week. Mercado will not have any problems. We will see how Biglia came. What I saw in the last week of training was that we needed one more fullback, "he explained.
In addition to testing their weapons in the main formation, this game also became an opportunity to restore their confidence Argentina. The reason, the owner of two World Cup titles in the last friendly match has been slaughtered Spain with a score of 6-1.
On the Haitian side, coach Marc Collat brought 18 players to face Argentina. In preparation, Marc Collat who has arrived with foster children in Buenos Aires since May 22 and then melakoni trials with Argentine Divis 3 club.
According to Marc Collat, this Argentine counter action will be the best chance of warming up before the 2018 Concelaf (CNL) qualification in which the top 10 teams qualify for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. "We will have a much smaller group as this is a single game. For this match, I call 18 players, "he said in the Concacaf Nations League.
This will be the third time in the history of the two countries. In the previous two games, Argentina always partying goals. In the first meeting in June 1974, Team Tango won 4-1. While on the last duel May 5, 2010 ago, La Albiceleste won four goals without reply. (Loop Haiti / Mundo Albiceleste / CNL / amr)
Argentina (4-3-3): Caballero; Ansaldi, Otamendi, Fazio, Tagliafico; Lanzini, Mascherano, Lo Celso; In Maria, Messi and Higuain.
Haiti (5-3-2): Jhony Placid; Meshak Jerome, Arcus Carlens, Ricardo Ade, Alex Christian Junior, Waldo Vernet; Steeven Sabat, Brian Alceus, Michael Cantave; Duckens Nazon, Jimmy Shammar Sanon
Head to head
05/05/10 Argentina 4-0 Haiti
23/06/74 Argentina 4-1 Haiti
Argentina's last five matches
10/10/17 Ecuador 1-3 Argentina
11/11/17 Russia 0-1 Argentina
14/11/17 Argentina 2-4 Nigeria
23/03/18 Italy 0-2 Argentina
27/03/18 Spanish 6-1 Argentina
Haiti's last five games
10/11/17 United Arab Emirates 0-1 Haiti
10/10/17 Japan 3-3 Haiti
29/03/17 Nicaragua 3-0 Haiti
25/03/17 Haiti 3-1 Nicaragua
09/01/17 Haiti 4-3 Trinidad & Tobago