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Copa America 2019: Argentina 1-1 Paraguay - 3 reasons why Argentina failed to win the match 

Elvis Ume O
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3.48K   //    20 Jun 2019, 12:19 IST

#2 Once again, Lionel Scaloni showed his tactical ineptitude

Scaloni is an inexperienced coach
Scaloni is an inexperienced coach

After their embarrassing World Cup exit at the hands of France last summer, Jorge Sampaoli was relieved from his duties as national team manager.

As his replacement, the AFA (Argentine football association) turned to one of his backroom staff to replace him and it was not for a spoil of options, as the terrible state of Argentine football meant that the coaching job is almost a poisoned chalice which everyone abstains from.

The match against Colombia was Lionel Scaloni's first competitive match as a manager and he showed that he was way over his depth, as one of the most brutal and unforgiving international tournaments in men's football gave him a baptism of fire.

Things only got worse against Paraguay, as the 41-year-old made the brave decision to drop two of his most experienced and distinguished players in Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria in place of Lautaro Martinez and Rodrigo de Paul.

It is safe to say that this bold call did not exactly work to plan while his two other changes from the match against Colombia - Roberto Pereyra and Milton Casco failed to make an impact with the former being hauled off at half-time while the latter arguably put in a worse showing than Renzo Saravia in the first match at right-back.

The pairing of Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero for the first 20 minutes of the second half provided the aforementioned spark and it was off a shot by the Inter forward that his nation won a penalty.

However, in baffling scenes, Scaloni withdrew the 21-year-old for Angel di Maria in the 61st minute and it was no surprise that the team lost its bite after that substitution.

The last time Argentina had a coach this tactically inept was when the legendary Diego Maradona took the reins for 18 months between 2009 and 2010 and much like his whirlwind tenure, Lionel Scaloni's could also end up in disaster.



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