#4 They are not going into the tournament in the best of shape
In Argentina's last 10 international matches, they have lost four, drawn one and won five and this is a rather poor return for a nation of its standing.
However, a further breakdown of their results reveals just how bad it is. Five of their victories came against Italy, Haiti, Nigeria, Morocco, Nicaragua and with all due respect to them, but these are not exactly world beaters on the international scene with the exception of Italy (who at the time were out-of-sorts).
They lost matches against all three quality oppositions they faced - Croatia (0-3), France (4-3) and the rather ridiculous 6-1 defeat to Spain, while also posting a shock 3-1 loss to Venezuela in March.
Though they might have won their two Copa America warm-up friendlies against Nicaragua and Morocco, the atrocious form that the Argentine national team has been over the last one year means that they would do well to keep expectations low at the tournament.Published 15 Jun 2019, 14:11 IST