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Argentina predicted line-up for Canada clash in Copa America 2024; Lionel Messi to lead the World Champions

Published at :June 19, 2024 at 7:15 PM
Modified at :June 19, 2024 at 7:15 PM
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Rahul Patra


La Seleccion enter the upcoming tournament as the defending champions

World champions & defending Copa America winners, Argentina national football team are all set to kick off the 48thedition of Copa America, when they face debutants Canada in just a few hours. La Albiceleste is placed in Group A of Copa America 2024, where they will go head-to-head with Canada, Peru & Chile.

A team led by the legend Lionel Messi & managed by champion tactician Lionel Scaloni aims for their 16th Copa America trophy as they strive to become the only team with the highest number of championships in their tally.

Let’s have a look at how La Seleccion would line up in their campaign opener against Canada:

Argentina’s predicted lineup against Canada

GK: Emi Martinez

The man whose entry changed the Argentine national team for once and for all is Emiliano Martinez. His arrival gave the rusty Argentine defense a new source of energy.

His apt reflexes, leadership qualities, champion-like mentality & penalty-stopping ability are some of the most important factors in Argentina’s recent Copa America & FIFA World Cup triumphs. He’s an automatic choice for the campaign opener. He has kept 28 clean sheets in 39 games for the national team.

LB: Marcos Acuna

The veteran Sevilla FC left-back has also been an integral part of Argentina’s recent triumphs. Besides doing error-free tackles, the defender hails the ability to cater perfect passes to the midfield & also assist the forward line just like a winger.

In 57 games for the national team, he has seven assists to this name. He will be a tough man for the Canadian forward line & midfield.

CB: Lisandro Martinez

The Manchester United stopper hasn’t got many chances for his club this season. He was out of the national team for multiple injuries for a huge number of games.

Though he has played full minutes in the past few international friendlies and is expected to start against debutants Canada. This could be a huge opportunity for him to come back & cement his position.

CB: Cristian Romero

Perhaps the most vital man in the defense for La Albiceleste. The 26-year-old Tottenham CB is a regular performer for the club in EPL. His error-free defending is a threat to all the goal-scoring chances created by the opponents.

He has featured in every game for the national team since the 2022 World Cup, except on two occasions. For Canada, penetrating the Argentina defensive wall consisting of Romero is a near-impossible task.

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RB: Nahuel Molina

The 26-year-old Atletico Madrid full-back is expected to start in the Copa America 2024 campaign opener. The side-back has played in most of the games in Lionel Scaloni’s era as coach of La Seleccion. His speed, passing & tackling attributes are a huge plus for the team.

CM: Enzo Fernandes

The highly skillful & young midfielder has the ability to become the best in his role in the future. EPL giants Chelsea signed him on a big money deal after witnessing his quality in the 2022 World Cup.

The 2001-born CM has proved to be a gem whenever he got a chance under Scaloni. He has only not played in one game ever since his debut & is expected to start against Canada.

Also Read: Argentina at Copa America 2024: Full squad, preview, match schedule, venue, telecast info

CM: Rodrigo de Paul

De Paul is this team’s anchor in midfield. He is a born leader. He isn’t afraid to commit fouls or stand by his team members whenever in need. Besides his mental strength, his defensive abilities & midfield duties are also top-notch. A game without him is undreamt of by Argentine fans.

CM: Alexis Mac Allister

The Liverpool midfielder has displayed consistency & good form in EPL 2023-24. Mac Allister can move in front & cater as a CAM when needed too. His ability to pass the ball in goal-scoring zones & create quality chances will be a threat for Canada.

LW: Angel Di Maria

The team’s unsung hero, veteran winger Di Maria is expected to start in the left. He has been a regular in Liga Portugal 2023-24 & also appeared regularly in all of Argentina’s games. He appears to be one of the biggest threats to Canada. Fans will expect goals from him in this game.

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RW: Lionel Messi

The legend himself will be starting from the right & gelling up with his long-time friend Di Maria on the left. Messi & Di Maria together are the most lethal attack line in Copa America 2024. Lionel Messi is the biggest gem in world football & the biggest threat to any opponent. Fans would love to see a hat trick from Leo in this game.

ST: Lautaro Martinez

The Inter Milan captain would start as the center-forward against Canada. He hails a fierce form & is the most lethal CF in the team. He has scored 27 goals for his club this season & has been a consistent performer for Argentina as well. Messi, Di Maria & Lautaro together is a nightmare to any team in the world. Though Lautaro can be subbed for another prolific youngster Julian Alvarez as the game progresses.

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