Gonzalo HIGUAIN and Javier MASCHERANO out of Argentina squad

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There are strong rumors that both Gonzalo HIGUAIN and Javier MASCHERANO could be left out of Argentina’s upcoming squad.

Rumors emerging out of Argentina that Jorge SAMPAOLI is expected to leave two big names out of Argentina’s next matches. SAMPAOLI’s men have two crucial World Cup Qualifying matches coming up, the first one against Uruguay and the second against Venezuela. If rumros are to be believed, two veterans on the team will be left out.

Jorge SAMPAOLI did not include Sergio AGUERO in his first list as new coach of the Argentina National Team and now appears that both Gonzalo HIGUAIN and Javier MASCHERANO will be left out. Some rumors are stating that both will be left out while some state only Gonzalo HIGUAIN will be left out. It remains to be seen if AGUERO will be called-up.

Mauro ICARDI received his first Argentina call-up since 2013 when he played under then coach Alejandro SABELLA. ICARDI’s inclusion in the team for Argentina’s matches in June against Brazil and Singapore was seen as a potential change of direction in the team. However, should one of or both HIGUAIN and MASCHERANO be dropped, it could be seen as SAMPAOLI leaving his stamp on the team very early.

Argentina’s next matches are both World Cup Qualifiers. The first against Javier MASCHERANO’s Barcelona team mate, Luis SUAREZ’s Uruguay on August 31 in Montevideo. The second will be on September 5 in a home match against Venezuela.

17 Comments

  1. Profile photo of AriiArii

    The game against Uruguay is tough, we must play with our best players to win, just the 3 points and nothing else. We are then playing against Peru and Venezuela at home, Sampaoli can think about building team for 2018 with those two games, not the Uruguay game.

  2. Profile photo of MustB-AlbicelesteMustB-Albiceleste

    It’s fact Mascherano is not the same player as he was 2/3 years ago, we cannot count on him for World Cup 2018 and we have to find his replacement. But still I want him at least in Bench.

    Reasons,

    – Against a team like Uruguay Mascherano’s experience will count.
    – Our team always lacks a leader and I still cannot see anyone other than Mascherano as leader.
    – If age (33) is a factor then no pointing of selecting Pinola (34), Maidana (33). They are no better than Mascherano.
    – If height is a factor then other than Fazio (6’3”) and Maidada (6’1”) none of our defenders are very tall.
    – Mascherano still a massive massive player.

    Now, considering our future it would be a better idea to start with Bigila-Banega/Pardes/Pizarro as we need to bring back the fluidity in our midfield. But still as this is tricky match and must win for us, I will still count on Mascherano.

    1. Profile photo of pablo dennisonpablo dennison

      ive feel the same on masc but I’m delighted to see hig get his ass kicked (if it happens) as its been obvious to many players have had the shirt given to them, 1st kun and now(maybe) hig get taught a lesson.

      just as a player hig is to slow and is simply not Mobil enough for samps style of play and that is even before we get into hig appalling strike rate these days for the n/t.
      a good quote on hig was the chmps lge final when the commenter said some thing close to “you don’t need your striker hiding out and playing down the channels all the time, he needs to be in the middle, he is supposed to be their to score goals”

      samp is showing every one he is the boss and total kudos to him for that.

      1. Profile photo of CHANDRAN MKCHANDRAN MK

        Absolutely correct…

  3. Profile photo of CHANDRAN MKCHANDRAN MK

    Every sites are saying pinola as a starter with otamendi and mercado.
    Is he good enough??I prefer mammana over him.

  4. Profile photo of GonzaloGonzalo

    So now I see on Golazo Argentino Ascacibar is close Zenit. WTF. Paredes along Ascacibar? Atleast he looks like Ruso and that’s his nick.

    1. Profile photo of EnganCheEnganChe

      Looks like Mancini is obsessed with Argentines

      1. Profile photo of GonzaloGonzalo

        It’s going to make each of us regular Russian league matches follower. No matter you like it or not.

  5. Profile photo of pablo dennisonpablo dennison

    samp is the gift that keeps on giving-I like it.

    1. Profile photo of GonzaloGonzalo

      I like the kind of populism 🙂

      A bit like… Vox populi vox dei.

  6. Profile photo of Maxilopez830Maxilopez830

    it seems to be that sampaoli may prefer footballer with some dribbling ability even for the defensors and strikers. SO HIGUAIN ,MASCHERANO MAY BE OUT. On the contrary,guido pizzaro,pinola,paredes,lo celso , fazio may have chance.

    ROMERO

    MERCADO FAZIO PINOLA

    salvio PIZZARO BIGLIA DIMARIA

    MESSI DYBALA

    JOAQUIN CORREA

    It is interesting to see if arsenal’s damian martinez and seville’s franco vasquez get called in the near future. I prefer

    DAMIAN MARTINEZ

    FOYTH Alexander Barboza MARTINEZ QUARTA

    PAVON Emanuel Cecchini Santiago Colombatto TOLEDO

    DYBALA LO CELSO

    JOAQUIN CORREA

  7. Profile photo of Maxilopez830Maxilopez830

    joaquin correa will be the no.9. he will be argentina’s van persie

  8. Profile photo of ArjunanmessiArjunanmessi

    mascherano needed to play as a centre back…. he hace the experience …

  9. Profile photo of PayasoPayaso

    “because today Otamendi, Mercado and Pinola are better positioned. He thinks that this trio would arrive more oiled and that would have more resources to annul one of the strong ones of the charruas: the aerial game. Suárez, Cavani, GodĂ­n, GimĂ©nez and Cáceres force to be prepared for a rain from above.”

    Rough translation from Ole article, but it’s for tactical reason. He wants CB who are strong in the air to stop Suarez, Cavani, Godin, Gimenez and Caceres

    1. Profile photo of CHANDRAN MKCHANDRAN MK

      Why pinola?

  10. Profile photo of GonzaloGonzalo

    Sampdoria with offer for Martinez Quarta.

  11. Profile photo of GonzaloGonzalo

    I like it

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