Ezequiel Garay’s possible return could boost Argentina’s bungling backline

Another clean sheet in the shirt of Valencia sees Ezequiel Garay back in the spotlight as a possibility to solve Argentina’s defensive dilemma

Lionel Messi dragging Argentina to the World Cup final in 2014 has been the narrative ever since and while there is certainly truth in such a statement, it’s worth remembering that Alejandro Sabella’s side didn’t concede a single goal in the knockout stages until Mario Gotze’s heart-breaking winner in extra-time to lift the trophy.

Fast forward almost four years and Argentina are conceding six in a final friendly against Spain before naming the squad that will head to Russia hoping to go one better than in Brazil.

Much has happened since that night in the Maracana four years ago – Jorge Sampaoli is the third manager, La Albiceleste have suffered two further final defeats and World Cup qualification was a chaotic mess that almost ended in embarrassment.

Dependence on Messi has only increased, but what was also glaringly obvious in the Wanda Metropolitana last week was how fragile Argentina are defensively.

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