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ESPN FC’s Craig Burley says the effects of losing with Argentina have taken their toll on Lionel Messi’s confidence.
No plan survives first contact with the opposition. Argentina’s pulsating 1-1 draw with Paraguay on Wednesday was a battle between two sides who had run headlong into this problem in their opening matches.
Argentina’s caretaker coach Lionel Scaloni was full of bold talk when he was appointed last August.
“I’ve always liked more direct, vertical football,” Scaloni said then. “Winning the ball to arrive at the opposing goal as quickly as possible.”
And so he went about building his side with two wingers…