Predicting Argentina’s Copa America 2024 Starting Lineup

Argentina is aiming to retain their Copa America title in 2022 with Lionel Messi leading the way. After winning the South American competition in 2021 by defeating Brazil, the Argentina squad hopes to earn their third straight title in the tournament's history. The opening match for Argentina will be on June 20 against Canada at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where they will begin their Group A campaign. Led by head coach Lionel Scaloni, the team typically plays a 4-3-3 formation with players such as Messi, Cristian Romero, and Alexis Mac Allister as the first names on the team sheet. But which other players will make it to the starting XI late in June? Starting with the goalkeeper position, Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa is expected to play a crucial role in defending the title. Nahuel Molina, fresh from his second season with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, will hold down the position of right-back. Cristian Romero, the 26-year-old center-back, is the anchor of the backline and is expected to play a vital role in securing back-to-back trophies. If Lisandro Martinez can recover from his calf injury in time, he could line up as the center-back alongside Romero. Nicolas Tagliafico, an underrated player in the Argentina squad, is expected to start as left-back. In the midfield, Rodrigo De Paul, known as Messi's 'bodyguard,' commands the field, hoping to replicate his performances in Qatar last November and December. Alexis Mac Allister's excellent delivery and on-the-ball quality will be crucial to unlock low block defenses that opposing sides may deploy to slow down La Albiceleste. Enzo Fernandez, despite his struggles at Chelsea, still has undeniable quality in the middle of the park. Lionel Messi, the eight-time Ballon d'Or winner, will be on the right-wing, with Manchester City's Julian Alvarez starting as the striker upfront because Lautaro Martinez missed many big chances in the 2022 World Cup. Finally, Angel Di Maria, who typically plays on the right-wing, will take up shop on the opposite flank like he did in the World Cup final against France. The Argentina squad has a group of talented players, and they have all earned a spot in the starting XI. However, with the competition still several months away, anything can happen, and the squad's composition may change. But with Messi leading the way, Argentina will undoubtedly be a team to watch in the Copa America tournament
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