Manchester United followers can have been left bewildered by Lionel Scaloni’s resolution to bench Lisandro Martinez for Argentina’s World Cup opener towards Saudi Arabia.
It was a call that proved expensive to Argentinian ambitions, with Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Romero at fault for the Saudi equaliser.
That objective was the primary of a quickfire double that surprised Scaloni’s facet as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat regardless of getting into the match as heavy favourites.
Certainly, most would have seen the Group C opener as a formality in favour of La Albiceleste, making this a historic upset.
Romero was kind of bypassed by Saleh Alshehri, who subsequently slotted residence previous Emiliano Martinez.
It will be unthinkable that the shortage of aggression and consciousness from the Spurs defender would have been replicated by Lisandro Martinez in the identical scenario.
Praised for his ‘grinta’ by United boss Erik ten Hag, The Butcher might effectively have prevented that objective and in doing so given Argentina a platform to go on and win the match.
As an alternative the Argentines appeared devoid of aggression all around the pitch after conceding.
The lacklustre show was criticised by Graeme Souness for that very factor throughout ITV’s protection of the match.
Martinez has been in great kind at membership degree since becoming a member of Manchester United in the summertime switch window.
He has turn into a cult favorite round Outdated Trafford for his spirited shows and strong defensive performances.
In the meantime Romero sat out the final 4 of Tottenham’s matches main into the match having suffered an damage.
Scaloni substituted Romero for Martinez after the hour mark, and whereas that shored up the defence, by then the injury had already been carried out.
Lisandro should absolutely fancy his possibilities of beginning Argentina’s subsequent match as they give the impression of being to make amends towards Mexico on Saturday.