The return of Lionel Messi was supposed to lift Argentina and provide hope ahead of this year’s Copa América but after a humbling defeat to Venezuela and a barely deserving victory over Morocco, Argentina look as adrift as ever.
Second half substitute Ángel Correa scored seven minutes from time in a blustery Tangiers to provide something of a boost but it was another deeply unconvincing display from La Albiceleste and coach Lionel Scaloni looks no further finding his preferred team or system before the Copa América.
Vamos argentina 💪🇦🇷❤️ pic.twitter.com/Ky5MbWiVa8
— Angel Correa (@AngelCorrea32) March 26, 2019
In fact, perhaps most worrying was Scaloni’s assessment of the week and his side’s prospects when quizzed on the performances at full time.
‘Yes, what do I know? You guys are so focused on the formation. We don’t think that formation is that important,” Scaloni responded after once more tinkering with a variety of systems and increasing the number of players used to 47 and debuts awarded to 23 after only eight games in charge.
What was initially praised as a new-look for Argentina and a fresh start after the calamitous 2018 World Cup campaign now looks more than a little confused, not helped by the apparent difference of opinion between Scaloni and recently appointed director of national teams César Luis Menotti.
The iconic 1978 World Cup winning coach first seemed to be of the opinion that Sergio Agüero should have been named in Scaloni’s squad and after hinting that the inexperienced coach won’t see past June’s Copa América, Menotti also claimed that Argentina should be focusing on selecting players from the domestic league, complementing them with only the best players from Europe.