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Emiliano Martinez; Nahuel Molina, Christian Rosemary, Nicolas Otamendi and Marcos Acuña; Rodrigo De Paul, Guido Rodriguez and Giovani Lo Celso; Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez and Angel Di Maria.
This was the line-up that was defined after the last training session held this Monday andn the Athletic de Bilbao sports venue, in the town of Lezama.
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There will be a flag of Argentine fans
A flag of Argentine fans is planned for this Tuesday through the streets of London, at 18 local time (14 in Argentina, four hours less).
The football delegation will leave Spain for the English capital this Tuesday at 11 local time (6 in Argentina, five hours less), and at 6:45 p.m. in England, 45 minutes before reconnaissance at Wembley Stadium with the initial 15 minutes open to the press, Scaloni will offer the usual pre-match press conference, while his Italian colleague, Roberto Mancini. he will do it first.
The undefeated controversies of the Basile Era
One of the curiosities of this meeting is that there will be a team like Italy, which failed to qualify for the World Cup for the second time in a row, who holds with Mancini an unbeaten record (it has already been broken) that reached 37 games, against another like Argentina that with Scaloni accumulates 31 games without losing, reaching the same number of matches without defeats as Alfio Basile’s team.
But here there is a circumstance that generates controversy, because in reality the number of undefeated matches of the selected team in the Basile era is 33, something endorsed by the AFA but not by FIFA, which does not consider class A or B matches but C to the two that were played after obtaining the Copa América in Chile 1991.
These two meetings took place in the space of a month, the first on September 25 of that year against a team from the Rest of America that ended in victory 2-1, and the following one of a charitable nature against another called Rest of the World. , which the Albiceleste team beat 3-0 on October 29.
Therefore, if Argentina does not lose to Italy there will be two different versions of Scaloni’s record, one that will say that he surpassed Basile’s and the other that will warn that he was one game away from equaling it.
There is great expectation
But the concrete thing is that this match against the Italians aroused a singular expectation in the Argentines who live in England and its area of influence, to the point that today the organization of the meeting announced that there will be 60,000 Albiceleste fans in the new Wembley stadium, where Argentina never played, since the “old” one that was demolished and rebuilt, was the venue for their last presentation in 2000.
That time the Argentine team was led by Marcelo Bielsa and it was a goalless draw against England in a friendly match.
Within the Italian squad, the midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo left the concentration citing an injury to his left ankle, although Italian media speculated with the information of a confrontation with his teammate Mattia Zaccagni for a personal issue, since the latter is in a relationship with the ex-wife of that
What’s new in Italy
With Marco Verratti, Lionel Messi’s teammate at Paris Saint Germain, physically “touched”, Italy’s probable line-up, the one that Mancini stopped on Monday at the Coverciano concentration in Florence, before traveling to London on Tuesday, was this :
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Giorgio Chiellini (se retira de la selección), Leonardo Bonucci and Emerson Palmieri; Matteo Pessina, Jorginho y Nicolo Barella; Federico Bernardeschi, Andrea Belotti and Lorenzo Insigne.
After the meeting with Argentina, the Italian team will begin its participation in the Nations League facing two rivals from the category of Germany and England in its first two commitments, to then continue with Hungary.
For Argentina, on the other hand, there will be the confrontation with Estonia, which could be, if it does not fall against Italy, Scaloni’s 33rd without defeatsand “would have” then reached Basile’s record, according to AFA, although FIFA says otherwise.