From losing their opening game to qualifying for the round of 16: what improvements did Scaloni make with Argentina?

Argentina qualified for the round of 16 of the World Cup Qatar 2022 after beating his similar team 2-0 Poland. The team led by Lionel Messi they looked their best version so far in the tournament and reached first place in group C. After that, they avoided facing France in the first qualifying round and will play this Saturday, December 3, against Australia.

But what changes did Leonel Scaloni have to make to achieve a better Albiceleste performance when starting from the premise that Argentina played its best game in Qatar 2022?

In principle, the Argentine strategist modified the starting 11 of the gaucho team. For example, of the 11 that started against Saudi Arabia, only seven players repeated today against the Poles. That is to say, the coach made four changes if we compare between both games, which were vital elements for the Argentine comeback, since they directly participated in the goals.

The inclusion of Enzo Fernández was the key point, so his entry meant a better association of Argentina. Likewise, he was a figure in the duel against Mexico after scoring a great goal and sealing the victory of two goals to zero.

Other specific modifications in the Scaloneta were the entrances of Alexis Mac Allister, Acuña and Julian Álvarez. These last three gave a different version to the Albiceleste from the freshness in their game.

A specific case was the change of the ‘Spider’, who started today after beating Lautaro Martínez for the job and scoring the second goal for the River Plate. In the same way, Mac Allister also said he was present on the scoreboard and will be a key piece for Scaloni in the remainder of the World Cup.

In the case of the popular ‘Huevo’ Acuña, who replaced Tagliafico, his constant deployment on the left gave the gauchos offensive volume. In the first half between the Europeans and the South Americans, the Sevilla winger spent a large part of the game on the attack and was one of the high points of the match played today.