El Bocha has already managed to form competitive teams despite the denials in the subpoenas (Twitter: @Argentina)
There will be 18 names, 16 field players and two goalkeepers, who will be chosen by Fernando Batista to represent Argentina at the Tokyo Olympic Games. As due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the appointment was moved from 2020 to 2021, the age limit for the appointment went from 23 to 24 years. However, Bocha confirmed that, given the difficulties offered by the calls (especially abroad, because it is not mandatory for clubs to give up their players), Today he is analyzing appealing to the three (or one of the three) authorized senior records.
“There is the possibility of being able to have a player over 24 years old in a specific position, because the tournament also gives me that possibility. With the coaching staff we are watching and studying. Out there in a special position; when the time comes, we will see. There may be the possibility that there will be an older person playing the Olympic Games in July and August ”, the former defender of Argentinos Juniors and San Lorenzo declared on La Red radio.
A year ago, Batista had stressed that he preferred not to use the senior chips: he has the advantage that the bulk of the players he evaluates passed through his hands in the U20, the Pan American Games or the Pre-Olympic Games. Of course, the problem is the lack of work time, something that was enhanced by the pandemic. The Under 24 team took advantage of the FIFA Date (in which the South American Qualifiers were suspended) to play two friendlies against Japan (1-0 victory and 3-0 defeat). There, there were footballers with whom he could not count and ended up observing others, in addition to drawing conclusions for the final payroll.
“For each position we have a plan A, a plan B and a plan C, not only because of the difficulties we can suffer if they do not give us the players, but also because many can be sold in the middle ”, they told Infobae from the property of Ezeiza.
The Olympic team received an invitation that they are likely to accept: play the Esperanzas de Toulón tournament between the end of May and the beginning of June. The traditional contest is usually Under 21, but taking advantage of the situation this time the age limit was moved to 24, and offers a necessary filming possibility. But each of the steps will be coordinated with the Senior Selection. Why? Scaloni and company also have to play the Copa América in Argentina and Colombia. And while tournaments are not on the calendar, when one ends, the other begins.
“If we could take a player who participates in the Copa América, he would be linked to the National Team from June 1 to August 10. You have to see if your home club gives it up for so long ”, details one of the difficulties a source from the Albiceleste estate.
To the duels against Japan, for example, Batista led the goalkeeper Jeremiah Ledesma, from Cádiz in Spain (28 years old). Conan he could quietly occupy a senior position, but it will depend on whether or not he enters the list of the senior team for the Copa América. Here is a token in which there could be a greater than 24: the fence.
Conan Ledesma was cited as Major to the Under 24 National Team in the face of the friendlies against Japan (EFE / Salvador Sas / Archive)
“We are studying players with more experience in the National Team, who can transmit to the boys the meaning of the shirt, but who can also put it on the field of play”, they indicate from the technical body of the Bocha. This is the profile you are looking for.
There is a base that already comes out of memory in the Batista universe. Neuhén Pérez, Santiago Colombatto the Adolfo Gaich, for example, they look like fixed, if their clubs give them up. There are others that will depend on the generosity of the owners of their chips, as in the case of Julian Alvarez, DT’s chicken since before it had continuity in River.
Can a covered person appear among the elderly? Everything will be tied to the payroll that you can make up, to the priority pieces that you can have. Argentina twice won the gold medal at the Olympic Games: it happened in 2004 and 2008. Roberto Ayala, Gabriel Heinze and Kily González were the elders chosen by Marcelo Bielsa in Athens. Nicolás Burdisso, Javier Mascherano and Juan Román Riquelme were selected by Checho Batista in Beijing.
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