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Argentina vs Portugal: Batista Picks 4-3-3 Formation To Play Portugal

February 9, 2011 By Angela Asante
Argentina’s squad for the Portugal friendly match is not the strongest. Sergio Batista’s men will play a 4-3-3 formation with Lionel Messi playing as a number 9 to break down Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.
It’s a sort of new look squad that will face Paulo Bento’s energized Selecção. With a host of key players missing for the Albicelestes, Spartak Moscow’s 20-year-old Rojo has been given the go ahead to make his international debut for Argentina.

Rojo will play as a left-back whereas Gabriel Milito and Nicolas Burdisso have been ordered to play in midfield. But without Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, Argentina Coach Sergio Batista has opted to put Lionel Messi upfront with Angel di Maria meant to assist the Barcelona play maker on the left wing. Lavezzi, however, will play at the right flank.

Have the Albicelestes taken the right measures to defeat the Selecção? Well, Sergio Batista’s probable starting XI for the Argentina vs Portugal match goes as follows:

Sergio Romero, Javier Zanetti, Nicolas Burdisso, Gabriel Milito or Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo, Ever Banega, Javier Mascherano, Esteban Cambiasso, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lionel Messi, Angel Di María.

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