Between laughter and regenerating exercises, the Argentine team worked thinking about the semi-finals with Croatia

Argentina team practice after getting the ticket for the semi-finals of the World Cup in Qatar 2022

The Argentinian team suffered more than necessary, but succeeded in their mission to seal their ticket to the semi-finals. The national team won on penalties against the Netherlands and next time they will face Croatia (the 2018 Russian runners-up eliminated Brazil, one of the main contenders for the title).

However, the World Cup does not leave much time for festivities. Those led by Lionel Scaloni jumped into the Qatar University training camp thinking about what will be the crucial commitment this Tuesday against the Balkans at the Lusail stadium. Far from the tension and fights that we saw at the end of the game, the players were happy and smiling in front of the cameras.

Players who added minutes against the Netherlands did regeneration work on bikes

Product of the few hours of rest, the practice was low intensity and sought to recharge energy for the home stretch. Lautaro Martínez, Huevo Acuña and Julián Álvarez were the first to take the stage to ride bicycles, on which they carried out regeneration work.

Then the majority of those who took part in the game against the Netherlands joined: Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Lisandro Martínez, Rodrigo De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Alexis Mac Allister, Germán Pezzella, Nicolás Tagliafico and Leandro Paredes.

Papu Gómez and Ángel Di María worked separately

In another sector of the field, Gonzalo Montiel and the outfield players who did not enter (Juan Foyth, Guido Rodríguez, Exequiel Palacios, Thiago Almada, Paulo Dybala and Ángel Correa) made some pre-competitive movements with the ball. Papu Gómez (a sprained ankle) and Ángel Di María (added a few minutes against the Dutch after suffering a contracture in the right quadriceps), for their part, they worked with the physical trainer seeking to reach one hundred percent before the semi-finals.

It should be noted that Lionel Scaloni will have to make at least one compulsory substitution, since Marcos Acuña has reached the limit of yellow cards. The same thing happened with Gonzalo Montiel, who went into extra time. In this way, it is certain that Nahuel Molina and Nicolás Tagliafico are the wings to face Croatia.

The Argentinian team worked with Croatia in mind (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)
The Argentinian team worked with Croatia in mind (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)

Although there are still a few days to go, the main question would be whether he will maintain the line of five defenders or change the scheme for the entry of Ángel Di María. Should the latter option succeed, the one who would leave the team would be center scorer Lisandro Martínez.

They will also be attentive to the development of Rodrigo De Paul, who arrived with just what was needed for the match against the Netherlands following a contracture. “Few people know the effort I put in these three days. It didn’t bother much that this information was leaked as it was handled very carefully. Some took me out of the world cup and I was tornhe explained.

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