Argentina were the runner up in the 2014 Brazil world cup. And still they have not been able to qualify themselves for the 2018 Russia world cup and they have only two more matches in their hand to qualify for the play offs in their world cup conquest.
Former Sevilla coach, Jorge Sampaoli, who is their third manager will have some tough time ahead if he can not succeed to take his team to the door of the world cup by winning his next two games. Whatever, some key things for Argentina is discussed below, which they should pay attention to if they are gonna take part in the next world cup in Russia.
1. Lack of goals:
It has been over four games since a Argentine last scored in an open play. Messi scored in a penalty in the game against Chile and the equalizer against Venezuela had been scored in an own goal.
Argentina has been able to score only 16 times in their 16 matches in their world cup qualifying till now. It looks greatly odd for a team which holds the likes of Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain etc. The current team is now in a very distant state from their 2014 world cup qualification campaign as they were much more lethal at that time with a clinical counter attacking strategy. Whatever, now they seriously should work on this thing.
2. A solid defense line:
Jorge Sampaoli is now playing with a strategy which sees a three man defense line. That is a sacrifice Sampaoli wants to make as his main strategy is to score more goals by a possession based attack. Whatever, that is alright. But, he has not been succeeded in neither way as he is not scoring more goals and also there remains a potential threat of counter attack from the opposition and they have faced it.
So, this is high time Sampaoli thinks of some effective defense strategy.
3. Give Messi some options:
It has been seen in the matches against Uruguay and Venezuela that Lionel Messi is playing in some deep roles than his regular role as he has got some scorers ahead of him. But, the thing is the scorers seem not willing to score for their country as Icardi was mostly invisible in the game against Uruguay and Dybala was the same in the other game. So, ultimately, it is certain that Messi now must play freely on the pitch with swapping his role often in the game. That will give the best player of the team some options, which might come handy for Argentina.
4. Get some good midfielders:
The main thing that Argentina lack is some quality midfielders on the pitch as they have some world class forwards and some decent defenders. But the midfield line is not up to par and many experts see this as the primary cause of Argentina’s failures. As football is a team game, only forwards can’t win you the game. So, they should play some high class midfielder along with Ever Banega in the midfield who could lessen the stress of Messi and provide him some balls.