The coach announced in a press conference that it was a technical decision. For now, the Roma forward was not selected any longer.
Juan Foyth, Angel Correa and Paulo Dybala are the only three outfield players in the Argentina national team squad at the Qatar 2022 World Cup who did not have a minute of playing time in four games (Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland and Australia).
At first, the non-involvement of Foyth and Correa seems more natural. The Villarreal central defender entered through the call-up window and forward he has several teammates at a very high level, notably Otamendi, Lisandro Martinez and QT Romero. Fourth in that spot is German Pezzella, who was close to starting the match against Poland.
The Atletico Madrid striker, for his part, was a spare before the loss of the other Correa, Joaquin. Although his choice of being against Australia was unspoken, it is clear that he is behind many.
In this context, Dybala is the heaviest name among those players who have not been able to debut in the World Cup yet.
“It is a technical decision,” Scaloni said at the press conference before the round of 16 game. Consulted by an Italian media outlet most desperate to determine why La Joya did not have minutes, he said: “I think it should be okay from the point of view that Argentina won, I’m sure they wanted to.” are there to play like other comrades.” Zero gap treatment.
Dybala arrived at the World Cup completely unscathed. A thigh injury sustained against Lecce on 9 October ruled him out for less than a month. He played 21 minutes on 13 November against Torino.
At Roma, under Mourinho’s tutelage, he played nine games (eight starts), averaging 67 minutes per game and scoring seven goals. Goal learned that at the start of the World Cup the coaching staff believed the pace of the striker was below what the World Cup required. But, days later, the former institute player caught up. Today, he is impeccable and poised (if he weren’t, Scaloni would probably have sidelined him for not being in physical condition, as he already did with Nico Gonzalez and Joaquin Correa).
When Scaloni refers to the “technical” question, he seems to be slipping the position of the coaching staff: the position in which the 29-year-old Dybala would be best suited is Lionel Messi’s today. It’s clear: The Argentine 10 will play all of the Argentine’s minutes, unless he requests a change due to injury.
Dybala didn’t have a simple circle in the Scaloni era. He was called up to the 2019 Copa América, where he participated, although he only started for third place in the match against Chile, where he scored one goal. For the Finalsima match against Italy, where he scored 3–0 at the end of the match, it seemed that he was placed as a great first edition substitute in attack. But then came the injury.
After the injury, the one who began to position himself was Julián Álvarez, who didn’t take long to take ownership. With the possibility of him playing in place of Messi ruled out, Dybala is left with the option of being a center forward of sorts alongside Lautaro and now the Manchester City striker.
The coaching staff of the Argentina national team has not considered him to play on the wing, in what would be Ángel Di María’s place. Attribute-wise, Dybala will be very much a position player, with a short nose to get into spaces and even looking to get as close as possible to get a shot in.
In the Sampaoli era, as the Argentina national team struggled through a turbulent road to enter the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Dybala at Juventus launched a phrase that traveled around the world. “What I’m about to say is going to sound strange. It’s a bit difficult to play with Messi in Argentina because we play in the same positions. I’m one of those who have to adapt a little bit more to him and make him feel. ” Good on the pitch.”
The reality is that Cordovan’s characteristics are very similar to Messi’s. Left-handed, with a good punch, coming in with the ball at his feet, asking him closer than farther.
It does not seem to be located in the tactical systems still used by the Scaloni. In the 4-3-3 he ran as a center forward behind Julián and Lautaro Martínez and, when Di Maria could not against Australia, the substitute was Papu Gómez, with similar characteristics but correct. His location at 5-3-2 seems even more improbable, given that he does not have the DNA to be one of the inmates.
This gives the feeling that they may have a chance if Messi is injured. Dybala did not find a place in the team. While the Argentina national team is moving forward, few will remember his absence. For now, his role is focused more on the on-demand in training and group aspect, an aspect that interests the coaching staff the most.