• World Cup 2022

Argentina: Scaloni plans to surprise Netherlands with in-game ‘modifications’

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The Albiceleste will face one of the World Cup’s best attacking lines on Friday.

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni insists his side are ready to counter Netherlands’ tactical plans to control Lionel Messi.

Messi has been fundamental to Argentina’s campaign so far in Qatar. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner scored for the Albiceleste when they defeated Australia 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals.

Scaloni’s men must prepare to beat Netherlands as they inch one step closer to the title. 

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Earlier this week, reports emerged of Netherlands plans to man-mark Messi heavily in the upcoming match. But Scaloni says his side are well-prepared for such scenarios.

“We are used to our opponents coming up with something different,” he told reporters. “We will see but, during the match, there are always modifications, and that’s something we are likely to do as well.

“Let’s wait and see, but we have played matches before when there has been man-marking on Leo.”

Asked about Rodrigo De Paul and Angel Di Maria‘s injuries, the Argentina boss responded: “Today we have the last training session so we will see how they feel.

“Rodrigo trained on Wednesday so let’s see what happens in today’s session. Angel also trained so we will decide later today.”