Obviously, Argentina is undergoing a rejuvenation process, with some players playing well in the 2019 Copa America such as Juan Foyth, Rodrigo De Paul, Paulo Dybala, Giovani Lo Celso and Lautaro Martinez.
However, I don’t understand why the Argentine Football Federation (AFA) left a less experienced coach like Lionel Scaloni to lead this team and only consider him a temporary solution and not someone else. Statistics show that Scaloni is the 8th coach since Jose Pekerman left the team after the 2006 World Cup quarter-final defeat, a tournament that has marked the decline of Argentine football in recent years.
The crisis exposed disagreements in AFA, in that they could not persuade good coaches to emerge in the past to lead Albiceleste, including River Plate’s Marcelo Gallardo, Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid and Mauricio Pochettino. Tottenham. That’s not including potential candidates like Gabriel Heinze of Velez Sarsfiel, Gabriel Milito of Estudiantes and Hernan Crespo of Banfield.
Admittedly, Argentina’s search for the first title since Copa America 1993 in Ecuador is not at fault from the overproduction of good strikers or midfielders, but the main problem is at the bottom. The slow, distracted defense play is still a weakness of Albiceleste. It is said that Scaloni changed some names but the way they let Paraguay score in the group stage, as well as Brazil’s second goal in the semi-finals, pointed out the fact that Argentina needs a better defender generation.
So whether it’s Scaloni or someone sitting on the steering seat, a reconstruction of the force is inevitable, starting in their upcoming match: a friendly match in September in the US, ahead of itself. Chile, the opponent they just defeated in the 2015 Copa America competition.
Then there will be the 2022 World Cup qualifier, with the first match in March next year.