Argentina held their final training session today before their second round game against Mexico.
Maradona has not confirmed the starting lineup.
It is likely that most of the starters from the first two games will be back in the lineup.
The question marks for Argentina are in the right-back & right-midfield spots.
In the right-back position, Maradona has the option of going with Jonas again even though the experiment so far has not produced very convincing results.
Another option would be Otamendi, who played well against Greece and surprised with the quantity & quality of his attacking runs.
Another option still would be Clemente Rodriguez who played in the left-back spot against Greece but can also play as a right-back.
In the right-midfield spot, Maradona could go with Jonas playing in his natural position or with Maxi Rodriguez or with Veron.
I would prefer to see either Jonas or Maxi playing on the right-side of the midfield against Mexico.
Argentina will need a player with pace & mobility in that spot to neutralize Mexico’s attacks from that flank.
Needless to say, a slow & defensively weak Veron is not the player to cover that zone.
As far as the right-back spot, considering what is available, I would prefer either Burdisso or Otamendi.
I think that against Mexico, Argentina can afford to sacrifice attacking runs from the right-back spot in exchange for stronger defensive coverage.
There are several lineup possiblities:
The lineup that I would like to see against Mexico:
I think it is time for Pastore to be brought into the starting lineup to give Argentina’s attack/play buildup more precision, pace, clarity, pause, and most of all, to provide Messi with the attacking midfielder that he needs to effectively link up with.
What lineup would you all like to see against Mexico?