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Argentina World Cup 2022 squad, predicted line-up versus France and star players

12:15 EAT 16/12/2022
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Who will Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni pick for the World Cup final against France?

After their Copa America triumph, Argentina clinched the Finalissima 2022 trophy by beating Italy and are currently are just a step away from lifting the World Cup in Qatar.

Lionel Scaloni has got the team working as a unit and Lionel Messi has been in sublime form in the attacking third.

After a shock defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opener, they have bounced back strongly with wins against Mexico and Poland to finish top of Group C and progress to the knockout stages.

The Albiceleste went on to beat Australia 2-1 in the last 16 and then knocked out Louis van Gaal's Netherlands team in the quarter-finals.

In the last four, they hammered Croatia 3-0 to seal a date with destiny on December 18 against France in the final.

Here are the players that Scaloni has selected for the tournament proper and how they could line up against Les Bleus.

ALSO READ: World Cup 2022 Group C: Fixtures, results, standings, squads & full details

  • Emiliano Martinez Argentina Italia Finalissima 01062022

    GOALKEEPERS

    Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is the preferred first-choice stopper for Argentina. He has been phenomenal throughout the World Cup and his performance against the Dutch during the penalty shootout in the quarter-finals has earned him a special place in Argentine hearts.

    Franco Armani, who plays for River Plate, is another option for Scaloni. Villarreal stopper Geronimo Rulli is the third goalkeeper in the squad.

    Name

    Club

    Emiliano Martinez

    Aston Villa

    Geronimo Rulli

    Villarreal

    Franco Armani

    River Plate

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    DEFENDERS

    Argentina's backline has had a decent outing in the tournament with Nicolas Otamendi and Cristian Romero at the heart of defence.

    Lisandro Martinez is also fighting for a place in the line-up with some impressive displays, while Nicolas Tagliafico proved his mettle against Croatia and is giving tough competition to Matheus Acuna for the left-back position.

    Name

    Club

    Nahuel Molina

    Atletico Madrid

    Gonzalo Montiel

    Sevilla

    German Pezzella

    Real Betis

    Nicolas Otamendi

    Benfica

    Cristian Romero

    Tottenham

    Lisandro Martinez

    Manchester United

    Nicolas Tagliafico

    Lyon

    Marcos Acuna

    Sevilla

    Juan Foyth

    Villarreal

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    MIDFIELDERS

    Argentina pose a strong threat from midfield as they have a nice mix of experience and youth, although they are without Giovano Lo Celso, who was ruled out of the tournament through injury.

    Rodrigo De Paul is the mainstay in the centre of the park, while Leandro Paredes also offers additional strength in midfield when Scaloni decides to mix and match.

    Enzo Fernandez and Alexis Mac Allister have also made a significant impact at the tournament in Qatar and should start in the final.

    Name

    Club

    Guido Rodriguez

    Real Betis

    Rodrigo De Paul

    Atletico Madrid

    Exequiel Palacios

    Bayer Leverkusen

    Alexis Mac Allister

    Brighton

    Enzo Fernandez

    Benfica

    Alejandro Gomez

    Sevilla

    Leandro Paredes

    Juventus

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    ATTACKERS

    It's hard to complain about your team's attack when you have Lionel Messi leading the line.

    Messi has been in excellent form for Paris Saint-Germain this season and has continued to shine for his country at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as well. With five goals and three assists to his name, he is gunning for the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards of this World Cup.

    Julian Alvarez and Lautaro Martinez offer excellent support to Messi and the former should start against France after bagging a brace in the semi-finals.

    Nicolas Gonzalez was removed from the squad due to injury and replaced by Angel Correa. Joaquin Correa was also ruled out and was replaced by Thiago Almada.

    There have been concerns over the fitness of both Angel Di Maria and Paulo Dybala, although both players have featured at the tournament.

    Name

    Club

    Lionel Messi

    PSG

    Angel Correa

    Atletico Madrid

    Lautaro Martinez

    Inter

    Paulo Dybala

    Roma

    Julian Alvarez

    Manchester City

    Thiago Almada

    Atlanta United

    Angel Di Maria

    Juventus

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    ARGENTINA STAR PLAYERS

    Lionel Messi is undoubtedly the talisman of the squad. He is in perfect shape and form going into the final and should hand a tough time to the French backline.

    Manchester City youngster Julian Alvarez has also been a growing influence and heads into the clash against France in excellent form.

    Angel Di Maria and Lautaro Martinez are the two other notable names in attack. Both players are good options and have a strong understanding with Messi.

    Alexis Mac Allister showed what he is capable of against Poland and has established himself as a regular in midfield along with Enzo Fernandez, who also has been turning many heads with impressive displays in the World Cup.

    Finally, the Albiceleste boast a safe pair of hands in Emiliano Martinez, who has hardly put a foot wrong. With successive clean sheets against Mexico and Poland in the group stage, he has already established himself as one of the contenders for the Golden Glove award. He also made a vital save in the last 16 against Australia to prevent the Socceroos forcing extra-time and then made three saves in the penalty shootout win against the Netherlands.

  • ARGENTINA PREDICTED STARTING XI VS FRANCE

    Martinez should continue to stand between the sticks for Argentina.

    Acuna should make a comeback in the left-back position after serving his suspension against Croatia. Meanwhile, Molina looks like the best bet to flank the formidable centre-back pairing of Otamendi and Romero on the right.

    Mac Allister should keep his place, with Fernandez, Paredes and Rodrigo De Paul as partners in a traditional four-man midfield.

    Messi is ready to lead the Argentinian attack once again and all eyes will be on him. Alvarez should start alongside his skipper after his brilliant display against Croatia.

    Argentina XI (4-4-2): Martinez; Molina, Otamendi, Romero, Acuna; Mac Allister, De Paul, Fernandez, Paredes; Alvarez, Messi.