Prior to August´s crucial World Cup qualifier against Uruguay in Montevideo, soon-to-be coach Jorge Sampaoli will have the chance to gauge how his team might shape up with two friendly matches next month.
The first will take place on June 9, versus Brazil in front of a potentially record-breaking crowd in Melbourne, allowing Argentina the opportunity to rescue some pride following that humiliating 3-0 defeat back in November. Four days later, the side will face Singapore (ranked 159th in the world) in Kallang.
These two games will allow Sampaoli the chance to implement his own style of play – that is, an aggressive, high-pressing and possession-based one – before Argentina are faced with the more serious matter of ensuring qualification for the World Cup in Russia next summer.
Sampaoli will also be able to introduce relatively new faces to the side over the two fixtures, as it is thought some of the more familiar, Europe-based players will be rested after their respective campaigns end this month.
As a result, Sampaoli may grant opportunities to less internationally-proven players such as Mauro Icardi (Internazionale), Leandro Paredes (Roma), Alejandro Papu Gómez (Atalanta), Emanuel Mammana (Lyon), Cristian Ansaldi (Inter) and Joaquín Correa (Sevilla) in a bid to explore all potential Argentina line-ups.
Additionally, Sampaoli will look closer to home for potential call-ups, with Nahuel Guzmán and Guido Pizarro (both of Mexico´s Tigre) and Agustín Marchesín (Mexico’s America) up for selection. Boca´s Ricardo Centurión and Pablo Pérez, as well as River´s Ariel Rojas, Lanus´s Lautaro Acosta and could also be in line for their first caps.