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Argentina U23 kick off their Group C Olympics campaign on Thursday, when they face off Australia U23 at the Sapporo Dome.
While the South American team is completely different from the one that recently helped the nation achieve its first Copa América title in 28 years, the young Albicelestes are among the favorites to climb the medal podium next month.
Shortly before the soccer world closed its doors early last year, Argentina exited the South American Under-23 Championship after sealing the Olympic qualification and impressing with their entrepreneurial play.
Although disappointingly they lost 3-0 to archrivals Brazil in the last match, Fernando Batista placeholder imageThe team won the overall competition and the Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister was named star of the tournament; enjoying a fruitful association that with wide Julian Alvarez – now apparently a transfer target for another Premier League club, Aston Villa.
The Argentines have only been called up three times in the intervening 18 months, but have won each time, most recently in pre-Games warm-ups against Denmark and Saudi Arabia in Marbella.
In their first outing, the Danes opened the scoring in the 56th minute, but a draw in the 92nd minute was quickly followed by Fausto Vera of Argentinos Juniors placing the last winner, while a 2-0 defeat by the Saudis was easier for a team that fell short of star quality.
While there will be some youngsters potentially bound for Europe aiming to impress in Japan, none are likely to reach the heights of previous Olympic stars. Lionel messi or Carlos Tevez, who scored eight goals, including the gold medal winner, in 2004.
The Albicelestes led by Messi also defended their crown by claiming gold at the 2008 event in Beijing, but as more than half of the current squad still play their club football in Argentina, with several other employees in leagues as diverse as Portugal. , Mexico and the US – The odds of a golden summer this time around are significantly lower.
Drawn into a challenging group alongside Spain, Egypt and opening opponents Argentina, with only the best two going through to the quarterfinals, Australia certainly has a lot of work to progress.
Having failed to even qualify for the last two Games, the Olyroos have only arrived twice before the knockout stages of an Olympic tournament, and their fourth place at Barcelona ’92 is the closest they have come to securing a medal for one of the most competitive sports nations in the world.
The 2020 AFC Under-23 Championship, hosted by Thailand, had a top-three final needed for Australia to qualify for these Games, and Graham arnoldThe team eventually prevailed in a tense tiebreaker for third place with defending champion Uzbekistan for last place in the Asian standings.
Their 1-0 win at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium also represented the Australians’ best result in the tournament since they switched continents in 2006, but subsequent events have raised doubts about their hopes in Japan.
Also a senior team manager, Arnold has overseen defeats to the Republic of Ireland under-21s, as well as under-23 teams from Romania, Mexico and old rivals New Zealand in recent weeks. So a clash with a capable Argentine side on Thursday may prove too high a hurdle to overcome for a team made up of young A-League players and a handful of England-based hopefuls such as Manchester City. Daniel Arzani.
Fernando Batista, who has worked in Argentina’s youth configuration since 2018 and previously led the Armenia Under-19 team, has an established team to choose from, with most showing up at last year’s U-23 continental championships together.
Twenty-one-year-old central defender Nehuen Perez – recently returned to Atlético de Madrid after a loan at Granada – will be the captain of the Albicelestes, while Batista has only selected one outstanding player in his squad: the Cádiz goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma.
Claudio Bravo from Portland and Atlanta United Ezequiel Barco are the two players from the MLS-based team, and both are likely to start on Thursday, with the latter supporting CSKA Moscow’s goal Adolfo Gaich in the front.
Australia, by contrast, lacks roster experience but has appointed senior international striker Mitchell duke as one of their older players. The 30-year-old forward is ready to start on the attack and could join fellow senior Socceroos, Daniel Arzani of English champion Manchester City, and Riley McGree – currently on loan to Birmingham City.
Only eight of the team members who qualified in Thailand have been selected this summer, including the first-choice goalkeeper. Tom glover.
Possible starting lineup of Argentina U23:
Ledesma; Herrera, Pérez, Medina, Bravo; Mac Allister, Vera; Barco, Valenzuela, Urzi; Gaich
Possible starting lineup of Australia U23:
Glover; King, Souttar, Rowles, Deng; McGree, Metcalfe, Genreau, Watts; Arzani, Duke
Correct Score: Argentina U23 2-0 Australia U23
Argentina will be eager to get off to a quick start in a tough-looking section, particularly with a delightful clash against Spain looming on the near horizon.
Their increased experience and pre-tournament form, which stands in stark contrast to the Olyroos’ recent troubles, should see them comfortably on the line in a game where they are ready to dominate both possession and territory at all times.
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