When Argentina lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in their World Cup opener, one thing was clear: Argentina's defence was sloppy in that match. Their attack, on the other hand, was excellent because they were so threatening that three goals were ruled out for offside. After the Saudi Arabia setback, they needed to win their second game against Mexico, which they did 2-0, to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni decided to bolster his defence by bringing in Lisandro Martinez from Manchester United.
Martinez impressed, completing 47 of the 55 passes he attempted, winning three ground duels, making one tackle, one interception, and four clearances, and even taking a boot to the face to ensure Argentina kept a clean sheet.
There's no denying that if you need to go for a fight, "The Butcher" is the player to rely on if he's in your squad; just as he's delivered defensively for Ten Hag, he proved to Scaloni that he's the block to solidify his defence. Emi Martinez, who was on goal for Argentina, was so blown away by the Manchester United man that he asked him through a comment on Instagram, "How good you are?"
When Argentina plays Poland next, many people will be watching the battle between Lewandowski and Martinez, hoping that the Red Devil comes out on top.
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