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Argentina’s formation for their friendly against Singapore will completely blow your mind

New manager Jorge Sampaoli is clearly looking to experiment against Singapore

Down the years we’ve seen a number of weird and wacky formations grace the beautiful game.

From the Christmas tree to the false nine, every single one has represented the specific zeitgeist they were created in.

But new Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli might just have created the most maverick of the lot.

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Here’s what a true football hipster looks like

Tactical boffins like Jonathan Wilson at the Guardian will tell you the South American sides of the early 20th century were adopting this kind of approach, but this must be the first time in generations that we’ve seen anything like this.

That’s because Sampaoli, ahead of Argentina’s friendly with Singapore on Tuesday, appears to going with a 2-3-4-1 formation:

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This is quite something

That’s right.

Not only is he planning on playing just two defenders, but one of those defenders is the hapless Tottenham flop Fazio.

Granted the centre-back has vastly improved at Roma this season, but his lack of mobility means playing just one defender alongside him is asking for trouble – even against Singapore.

Fazio was one of Spurs’ worst signings in Premier League history

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Fazio was one of Spurs’ worst signings in Premier League history

Further forward is a hipster’s dream though, with Angel Di Maria, Paulo Dybala, Manuel Lanzini and Alejandro Gomez all floating around Angel Correa of Atletico Madrid.

Sampaoli has made a reputation for ballsy line ups in the past, frequently deploying a 3-3-3-1 formation at Sevilla and with Chile.

But this trumps the lot.

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The likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Ever Banega have all been given the time off after they beat Brazil 1-0 in a friendly last week.

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