Route to Russia:

In a word, nervy. At one point, they went five games without scoring a goal from open play and had to rely on beating Ecuador in the final group game. Fortunately for them, they beat Ecuador 2-1, all that qualification stuff is in the past and all of Argentina can look forward to the Russian World Cup.

How far can they get:

Argentina can call on Messi, Aguero, Dybala and Higuain. This astonishing frontline has the ability to penetrate any of the defences at the World Cup. However, a weak backline will prevent them going all the way as they found out four years ago. For this reason, they should comfortably get out of their group and reaching the semi-final should be a minimum aim.



Manager:

Jorge Sampaoli. The former Chile manager has international pedigree and lead Chile to the Copa America in 2015, defeating none other than Argentina in the final. During his time with Chile he managed to get the best out of Alexis Sanchez, perhaps he will be able to repeat the same with Messi.

One to watch:

Lionel Messi. How could it ever be anyone else?

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