Sabella to change things for friendlies – two possible sides in training


Sabella instructs his players in the New jersey cold

Much has been written about Alejandro Sabella’s recent defensive call-ups as he looks to find the solution to Argentina’s apparent defensive frailities but it seems the coach will also be trying out a tweak to the normal 4-3-3 formation in the absense of Captain, Lionel Messi. Training ahead of Friday’s friendly against Ecuador in New Jersey, Sabella played two different 11’s against each other and give an indication of the probable line-ups.

The exact line-up is not known for both Friday’s match with Ecuador and Wednesday’s against Bosnia in St Louis but Alejandro Sabella has admitted that a different system, a Plan B, will be looked at.

“We have been playing 4-3-3 even without Lionel , like in the games with Italy and Peru , but we can make a tactical shift in these two games” admitted Sabella.

He added that the aim will be a more compact and solid Argentina but also the oppportunity to see those players who have not featured much or at all. “The goal, besides winning, is to give a chance to those who played less and see those who never did.”

The two sides picked in the training match which was stopped by Sabella for coaching several times were as followed:
First 11
Sergio Romero; Facundo Roncaglia, Ezequiel Garay, Federico Fernandez, Lucas Orban; Ever Banega, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria; Erik Lamela; Gonzalo Higuain and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Other 11
Mariano Andujar; Pablo Zabaleta, Nicolas Otamendi, José Basanta, Marcos Rojo; Augusto Fernandez, Lucas Biglia, Ricardo Alvarez, Rodrigo Palacio, Sergio Aguero and Maxi Rodriguez.

In both sides it would appear that there will be an attacking midfielder to link midfield and attack, in one case, Erik Lamela and the other, Maxi Rodriguez.

The training match was goalless and Sabella will be hoping to see a similarly tight defensive performance. For the likes of Facundo Roncaglia, Lucas Orban and Nicolas Otamendi it is a real chance to impress and make a late bid for the World Cup Squad.

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