The Argentine national team trains this Wednesday for the last time in view of the meeting of this Thursday at 9 in the morning against Australia in Beijing, in the first of two friendlies on the tour.
Lionel Scaloni decided to carry out an open practice and one of the first images seen was that of Julián Álvarez, the last of those called to arrive after what was the Champions League final and the celebrations with Manchester City.
The forecasts suggest that the coach, Lionel Scaloni, could line up an eleven very similar to the one imposed on France in the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar, with Messi and Ángel Di María leading the white-and-blue attack and figures like Alexis Mac Allister, Rodrigo De Paul or Enzo Fernández in the engine room.
It remains to be seen if Julián Álvarez will be able to be there from the start after the long journey and the days of celebration with Manchester City. That doubt will surely be cleared up in training this Wednesday.
The duel against Australia will be a repeat of the confrontation they had on December 3 for the round of 16 of the World Cup, in which the Argentines won 2-1 after going through serious difficulties in the final minutes of the match.
In this sense, the team led by Graham Arnold prepared this friendly with a very different team from the one that took to the pitch at the Ahmad bin Ali stadium in Al-Rayyan more than half a year ago: out of the 23 called up by the Australian coach for this FIFA date , only 12 were present in the last World Cup.
In fact, the average age of the Oceanic team does not exceed 25 years, due to the presence of footballers like Alessandro Circati or Thomas Glover, who have not yet made their debut in the ‘Socceroos’ shirt and who could do so against the world champion .
They would play, yes, against an Argentine team that continues at the top of the FIFA ranking and that has only lost one of its last 45 games, precisely the one that it played against Saudi Arabia (2-1) at the start of the World Cup in Qatar.
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