Jorge Sampaoli is probably a 4-4-2 man at heart.
But the Argentina manager’s reputation is such that he can’t do things by half any more, hence why he played a 2-3-4-1 formation against Singapore.
With no Lionel Messi and no Gonzalo Higuain it fell to Juventus’ Paulo Dybala to lead Argentina’s merry, and rather large, band of attackers.
But, wouldn’t you know it, defender Federico Fazio was the man who opened the scoring, in the 25th minute.
It makes sense when you think about it. All that focus on how to stop the attackers leaves the door wide open for one of the two defenders on the pitch to sneak in and score.
It was then the turn of Argentina’s attack.
Sevilla’s Joaquin Correa scored in the 31st minute to be followed by debutants Leandro Paredes and Alejandro Gomez.
Lucas Alario and Angel Di Maria added the gloss in the 90th minute to give Argentina a resounding 6-0 win.
So Sampaoli’s mental new defender-less formation looks like an absolute winner
Argentina’s commitment to attacking was proved by the fact, as provided by Opta Javier, eight outfield players’ average position was in the opposition half.
But if Singapore need some encouragement they did at least manage to stop Dybala from scoring, which is better than most Serie A sides have fared this season.
We eagerly anticipate Arsene Wenger trialling the formation in Arsenal’s first game next season.
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