Scaloni defined the final list for the Copa América with two big surprises

It was hours of much analysis for the coaching staff of the Argentine National Team led by Lionel Scaloni that went from the bitter draw against Colombia in Bogotá until the deadline to deliver the final list of 28 names to play the Copa América to be played in Brazil . All the selections made their chosen ones official, but the albiceleste remained silent. It is that until this Thursday he continued to sharpen the pencil at the AFA property in Ezeiza before handing over the list to Conmebol, which was the one who officially released the names. And, far from what was thought, some footballers who looked like a number position were left on the sidelines of the continental event.

According to the national team’s bunker, the case of Franco Armani and his PCR, which continues to test positive despite having had the coronavirus almost a month ago and no longer infecting, was what delayed the officialization of the list. Although Lucas Alario’s physical situation also had to do with it: he was outside and now he’s inside, but there could be more news this Friday …

Beyond the fact that the South American Football Confederation raised its thumb so that the River goalkeeper could play, in the Argentine delegation they wanted certainty that they will not have a headache in some of the airports that they have to travel before the comings and goings to play every game. That is why they waited for the Brazilian Migrations to confirm in turn what Conmebol had already warned.

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Scaloni will lead the four goalkeepers just in case: in addition to Armani there are Emiliano Martínez, Agustín Marchesín and Juan Musso. This generated the obligation to lower one more outfield player. And in this sense, the coach surprised by leaving out players who in their cycle were a fixed in the citations and almost always added minutes.

Juan Foyth and Lucas Ocampos are two of the five who did not pass the final filter. José Luis Palomino and Emiliano Buendía were the other two excluded from the 33 that made up the initial roster for the two qualifying matches in June. The latter were called for the first time on this occasion and were relegated from the bank both with Chile and against Colombia, which is why it is within the logic that they be released. Different and difficult to understand is the case of Foyth and Ocampos, who have been parts that the DT used a lot in the replacement. Everyone except Buendía, in fact, has already abandoned the concentration in Ezeiza.

The fifth to be ruled out was to be Lucas Alario, who on Tuesday had already been released from Ezeiza’s health bubble as he continues to recover from a thigh injury. However, the striker presented a slight improvement and this led the coaching staff to evaluate taking him even if he still has at least 15 days to set up. That is why he re-entered the premises. As the Bayer Leverkusen striker made the list, Julián Alvarez lost his place. But here is a detail: the kid from River will continue training in Ezeiza.

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Curious. Why occupy a place with a footballer who will not be able to act in the first phase when in the quarterfinals, if he qualifies, he could be included again since three modifications are authorized? It turns out that Alvarez cannot be included in the Copa América list since he was not on the preliminary list of 50 names. But it can be a piece of change in case of injury or coronavirus. Is it the idea to have presented the list with Alario, but then immediately replace him with Alvarez? Is this the reason why the AFA did not make its summoned official this Thursday? It will be seen.

The most striking thing about the Scaloni cut is, without a doubt, the absence of Foyth and Ocampos, important protagonists of the Scaloni cycle. The defender recently champion of the Europa League with Villarreal played 13 of the 27 games of this new era of renewal: 11 as a starter, 2 came from the bench for a total of 977 minutes. He was from the start against Chile and entered the second half in Barranquilla.

He made specific mistakes in both crosses that, to his misfortune, ended in goals from his rivals. Could that have been the reason for the coach’s determination? Zaguero by nature turned right back, the former Students once referred to by Scaloni himself as “the future of the National Team” could solve two positions for him, but the truth is that the 43-year-old coach chose to keep Nahuel Molina in his place. , a net tip marker who barely played a handful of minutes in Argentina, as a variant of Gonzalo Montiel.

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Ocampos, meanwhile, joined after the Copa América in 2019. He has accumulated eight presentations (five as a starter and entered another three) giving a total of 486 minutes of football, with two goals scored. The man from Seville seemed untouchable until the last double knockout date. Nicolás González began to gain ground on the left sector. For example, against the Chilean team Ocampos played since the Stuttgart team was not yet optimal and against Colombia González was already starting and Ocampos was not even among the relays. This added to the reappearance of a historical like Angel Di María, they ended up relegating him.

The 28 summoned

Scaloni’s list

Armani, Franco

Marchesín, Agustín

Martinez, Emiliano

Musso, Juan

Martinez the Fourth, Lucas

Martinez, Lisandro

Molina Lucero, Nahuel

Montiel, Gonzalo

Otamendi, Nicolas

Pezzella, German

Romero, Cristian

Tagliafico, Nicolás

Acuña, Marcos

Correa, Angel

From Paul, Rodrigo

Say Maria, Angel

Domínguez, Nicolás

Gomez, Alejandro

Gonzalez, Nicolas

Lo Celso, Young

Palacios, Exequiel

Walls, Leandro

Rodriguez, Guido

Aguero, Sergio

Alario, Lucas

Correa, Joaquin

Martinez, Lautaro

Messi, Lionel

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