BUENO AIRES: Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni was heavily criticized by his own country’s football fans after making a big mistake when he did not field Manchester United’s solid defender, Lisandro Martinez in the starting eleven during the meeting with Saudi Arabia just now.
Martinez, who has 10 caps with the Argentine national squad, performed brilliantly for the squad Red Devils since moving from Ajax Amsterdam last summer, at the same time becoming one of the main pillars under United’s manager, Erik ten Hag.
However, Scaloni decided to drop Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi to partner with Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Romero in defense. Albicelestes.
Argentina’s fans described the selection as a crime and no less described Scaloni as having lost his mind with his decision.
Scaloni’s game took its toll after Argentina, who took the lead in the first half through Lionel Messi’s goal, eventually conceded in the second half within five minutes through the goals of Saleh Al Shehri and Salem Aldawsari.
The 44-year-old manager eventually agreed to bring on Martinez, but it was too late to prevent Saudi Arabia from taking three points from their opening Group C match, ending Argentina’s 36-match unbeaten run.
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