One of the biggest concerns for Sampaoli, coach of the national team, is the attack of the team
Historically, Argentine strikers are lethal, effective, and winners. However, this latest generation of attackers has aroused many doubts in the Argentine national team. The qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia were not the most pleasant event for the attack system of Argentina, although the Argentine combined managed to qualify for the World Cup.
Jorge Sampaoli, technical director of the Argentine national team, has a big problem to solve before the start of the World Cup. The strategist hopes to arrive with all his artillery tuned, so it is important to see how the strikers are less considering that there are less than 4 months to start the World Cup.
'La Pulga' is the Argentine striker with the best trajectory currently. The star of FC Barcelona has scored 32 goals throughout the current season: 24 goals in the Spanish league, 3 in the Copa del Rey, 4 in the UEFA Champions League, and 1 in the Spanish Super Cup. The player is going through a moment of pure efficacy; in fact, Messi reached 600 goals in his entire soccer career.
The Manchester City striker is another scorer with an excellent present. The ‘Kun’ has scored 30 goals: 21 in the Premier League, 5 in the national cups, and 4 in the UEFA Champions League. The effectiveness of 'Kun' is taking his club to the best season in its history and his goal-scoring quota seems to go up as the days pass.
The 'Pipita' Higuaín is perhaps the most questioned player in the Argentine national team. However, the attacker of Juventus of Italy continues with a huge goal-scoring rhythm in the old continent. Higuain reaches 21 goals this season, spread over 14 goals in the Serie A, 2 goals in the national competition, and 5 goals in the UEFA Champions League. The striker hopes to be able to reach a good goal-scoring rhythm to dissolve any doubt and any criticism in Argentina.
The great promise of Argentine soccer has had a bitter 2018 due to an injury that took him away from the courts for a few weeks. However, the player has already recovered himself and has begun to score key goals for his club, Juventus. The 'Joya' has scored 18 goals in the current season: 15 in Serie A and 3 in the national cup. His great debt is with the UEFA Champions League, where he has only been able to score a goal, which although gave Juventus the pass to the quarter-finals is little for the goal-scoring quota that the Argentine can bring.
Ángel Di María
The 'Fideo' goes through a changing season, where his continuity in PSG was in doubt. However, the Argentine attacker knew how to make a space demonstrating his talent. The Argentine has 17 goals in the current season, divided into 8 goals in Ligue 1, 8 goals in the national cup, and 1 goal in the UEFA Champions League. Di Maria's performance will be on the rise because Neymar's injury opened the doors of ownership in PSG, which allows him to have more opportunities to score goals.
The Boca Juniors forward was having a spectacular season 2017-18 with his club, where he had scored 12 goals between the Superliga and the Argentine Cup. This efficiency scorer led to Benedetto to be summoned to the selection. Unfortunately, on November 19, 2017 he suffered a broken cruciate ligament in his right knee. The recovery time for Benedetto is 6 months, so he would be ready in May. For most people, the presence of Benedetto in the world cup is completely ruled out, although the player still has a small hope of being able to participate in the world championship.
The controversial Inter Milan striker is having a fruitful season. He has scored 18 goals, all of them in the Serie A. Icardi has great chances of playing the World Cup with his team. However, his possible participation is questioned by many fans due to the scandals in the personal life of the gunner.
The great revelation of the Argentine soccer, Lautaro Martinez, has dazzled the South American soccer with great performances. Martinez, of Racing Club de Avellaneda, has 11 goals in the current season: 8 in the Argentine Super League and 3 in the Copa Libertadores. This performance generated that Jorge Sampaoli went to contemplate matches of the Racing to analyze to Lautaro Martinez, who did not get discouraged and marked 7 goals in the three parties in which it was observed. Therefore, it is almost a fact that Martinez will be called for the pre-World Cup matches against Italy and Spain.
Argentine soccer, so needed of goals in the last times, has several players in the world elite that can end this torment. Sampaoli will have some games before the World Cup where he will put his players to fine their performances.
LatinAmerican Post | Javier Aldana
Translated from “ Argentina: ¿Cómo están sus delanteros para el mundial?”