The Albiceleste trained for the first time in Rio de Janeiro, the location of the quarter-final match against Venezuela, on Tuesday. Manager Lionel Scaloni is expected to make changes to the selection’s starting 11. FC Barcelona star Líonel Messi is expected to be fit and in the starting eleven.
The selection is expected to give an update on the minor physical discomforts that were experienced by defender Nicolás Otamendi and midfielders Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo De Paul, who did not train with the rest of the team on Monday before leaving Porto Alegre. Nonetheless, the Argentine manager said that these players’ soreness will not preclude them from appearing in Friday’s match at Maracaná, where they will be featured as starters.
The first practice will begin to clarify what Scaloni has in mind for the starting 11 which will be changed ahead of the Venezuela match.
Juan Foyth, 20, could be substituted for the more experienced Germán Pezzella, 27, while in the centerfield Scaloni will want a bit more balance especially if he decides to stick with Messi, Lautaro Martínez and Sergio Agüero in front.
Given all this the most likely formation would be: Franco Armani; Renzo Saravia, Pezzella, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico; De Paul, Paredes, Acuna; Lionel Messi, Sergio Agéero and Lautaro Martínez.