After Thursday’s draw against Paraguay, the Argentine National Team prepares for the second match of this triple date of South American Qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022. This time it must receive Uruguay at the Monumental and for that Lionel Scaloni defined the eleven that will have as a novelty the return of Lautaro Martínez and the surprise of Nicolás González.
The Inter striker had a muscular overload and, despite the fact that his intention was to play, the Albiceleste coaching staff decided to give him rest before the Guaraní team and did not even occupy a place on the substitute bench. So Joaquín Correa played in his replacement. However, the scorer had no major drawbacks and will be at the beginning of the classic against the Charruas sharing the lead with Lionel Messi.
Nicolás González, the surprise of Scaloni vs. Uruguay
The forward of the Fiorentina of Italy will be part of the starting eleven that jumps onto the Monumental field of play to face Uruguay. The attacker will go in place of Ángel Di María and will be the offensive trident with Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martínez. The reason for the entrance of the ex-Argentinos Juniors has to do with a strictly tactical decision by Lionel Scaloni and is due to the fact that La Celeste will modify its usual scheme and will play with five defenders.
As González is much more versatile and adapts to various positions, the coach chose to have him from the start. In addition – a fundamental question – he has already performed as a lane player. Even for the game against Paraguay, in November 2020, the DT put him as a starter on the left side; five days later, against Peru, he returned to his natural position, that of forward. And in both cases he responded with a goal. In the Copa América he confirmed his ability to play in different sectors of the field.
Scaloni will make a change in defense to play against Uruguay
Despite the fact that in the previous one there was speculation with the possible entry of Gonzalo Montiel instead of Nahuel Molina Lucero, who started against Paraguay, the one who emerged in Boca will remain among the eleven. On the other hand, on the other side, Marcos Acuña will not be from the game after the physical discomfort he presented in the last match and in his place will be Nicolás Tagliafico.
The confirmed formation of the Argentina Team vs. Uruguay
Emiliano Martínez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico; Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso; Nicolás González, Lautaro Martínez and Lionel Messi. DT: Lionel Scaloni.