2020 is set to be an important year for Argentina as a new generation embark on the long road towards the next World Cup. Ahead of Tuesday’s friendly with Mexico, coach Lionel Scaloni continues that preparation and in the absence of captain Lionel Messi, La Albiceleste will field something of an experimental line-up.
Thursday’s goalless draw with Chile in Los Angeles was a somewhat dull affair and while the far larger, prodominantly Mexican crowd, that will be present in San Antonio hope for more excitement, Scaloni will simply be aiming for further progression.
“If we were only thinking about results, the squad would have been different. The result is important but during this week it is not everything – we wanted to see several young players,” Scaloni explained in his press conference.
With Nicolás Otamendi and Giovani Lo Celso having already left the squad, Scaloni is forced into changes for Tuesday but was always going to take the opportunity to give other players time.
“There’ll be some changes from the last match [against Chile]. Yesterday I had it practically decided, but we had some complications with another player.
“We will wait until tomorrow for three players to see how they are physically.
“We’re going to put out a much fresher, younger team than against Chile,” Scaloni confirmed.