Argentine National Team Prepares for South American Classic Against Brazil
The Argentine national team concluded their final training session today before their highly anticipated match against Brazil in the Maracaná stadium, Rio de Janeiro. This crucial game is part of the Qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.
The team, led by captain Lionel Messi, arrived on the main court accompanied by Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo De Paul. The coaching staff, headed by Lionel Scaloni, followed closely behind.
Focus on Key Players
Prior to the start of the training session, there was a lot of discussion surrounding Messi, De Paul, and Paredes, while the rest of the team engaged in ball games. Ángel Di María joined the three key players, along with Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero, Nahuel Molina, Julián Álvarez, and Nicolás Otamendi, who completed the group.
On the other side, Lucas Ocampos, who missed the previous game against Uruguay due to discomfort, trained normally with the rest of the team. Under the guidance of the physical trainer, Luis Martín, the squad carried out warm-up exercises.
Tactical Preparations and Lineup
During the practice session, the team focused on refining their tactics for the upcoming match against Brazil at the Maracaná stadium. Although the lineup has not been officially confirmed, it is expected that Ángel Di María and Lautaro Martínez will start. The midfield remains a question, with the possibility of Leandro Paredes or Alexis Mac Allister joining the team. Scaloni hinted at making changes to disrupt the opponent’s game.
Reflecting on their recent defeat against Uruguay, Scaloni emphasized the team’s determination to bounce back. He acknowledged that no team is unbeatable and stressed the importance of being prepared to compete. The upcoming match against Brazil presents an opportunity for redemption.
Looking Ahead to the Classic
Scaloni expressed his excitement for the upcoming classic against Brazil, emphasizing the significance of playing on their home turf. He urged the team to focus on the present and not dwell on past achievements. The memories of their historic victory in the 2021 Copa América will be set aside as they prepare for the challenge ahead.
When questioned about Lautaro Martínez’s goal drought, Scaloni showed his support for the Inter player, highlighting his contributions both at the club and national level. He expressed confidence in Martínez’s ability to score and reassured that there is no cause for concern.
Respecting the Rival
Argentina will face a formidable opponent in Brazil, who currently sits in fifth place in the Qualifiers table. Despite the absence of Neymar and Vinícius Junior, Scaloni acknowledged the depth of Brazil’s squad and their ability to field talented young players. He also praised Fernando Diniz, the interim coach of Brazil, for his consistent style of play.
The match between Argentina and Brazil will take place at the Maracaná stadium, with Argentina leading the Qualifiers with 12 points and Brazil in fifth place with 7 points. The game promises to be a thrilling encounter between two football powerhouses.