Qualification has been nothing but a success for Alejandro Sabella as his Argentina side have cruised into the Word Cup but there are still some question marks over the defence. Benfica’s, Ezequiel Garay appears to be the definite choice but his partner in the centre of a defence is more unclear.
Federico Fernandez has been the preferred choice but his inclusion in the side that lost last night to Uruguay along with several of the fringe players may suggest that Sabella is not too confident in the 24-year-old. Certainly his performance will not have helped his argument to be included. It was Fernandez’s sloppy pass that gifted Uruguay the ball and allowed Cavani to score the winner.
Sabella stated after the game that he was grateful to the players but suggested that the squad is by no means complete. “As the National Team coach I should not stick to an idea if I see that there are some things that can be positive for the World Cup.”
So who could Sabella look at before naming his squad? The three players that come to mind for the November friendlies against Russia and Bosnia are Gonzalo Rodriguez, Nicolas Otamendi and Lucas Orban.
25-year-old, Otamendi has the most experience at international level and was included in the 2010 World Cup Squad but has fallen out of favour in recent times. However, solid performances for Porto and uncertainty in the squad at centre back has brought Otamendi back into contention.
Gonzalo Rodriguez is currently playing in Italy for Fiorentina and although he has only 6 caps for Argentina he has plenty of experience playing in Europe, having left San Lorenzo for Villarreal in 2004. Lucas Orban offers the least in experience and after making a name for himself at Tigre, the 24-year-old completed a move to Bordeaux in the transfer window.
It will be no surprise to see one or all of theses names in the next squad as Sabella explores his options before making his final squad for the World Cup.