Argentinian legend Lionel Messi has guided his team to the Copa America 2021 quarterfinals as Group A winners. Although, Argentina has won 3 out of 4 matches of group stage but they are definitely not at their best. Their average performance has given rise to the issue of Dybala Copa America exclusion. In this article, we have discussed Why Paulo Dybala should have been included in Argentina Squad for Copa America 2021.
In our previous article we have already told you Why Paulo Dybala is not included in Argentina Squad for Copa America 2021. You can read that article from the link below.
Argentina have scored seven goals in 4 matches of group stage of Copa America 2021 so far. But the fact is they scored just three goals in their first 3 matches, the other 4 came against a weak team like Bolivia. Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni did not pick Juventus forward Paulo Dybala in the Argentina squad for Copa America 2021. His dynamic style of play has been important for Argentina, and there is no doubt that the 27-year-old will be his country’s most important attacker when Lionel Messi will retire from international football.
It is clearly visible in Copa America 2021 matches till now that the entire Argentina team is dependent on Lionel Messi. He is the main man of the team. Paulo Dybala could have shared the responsibility with him. The Argentine’s playing style and evolution remains a puzzle for many to solve. He can be used in every position around the striker- as a number ten, as a left-winger or a right-winger. Dybala can struck up a formidable partnership with Lionel Messi and was thus handed more license to play around him- be it wide or behind him.
Lionel Messi has himself admitted that he has struggled to build up an on-pitch rapport with Paulo Dybala because the Argentina stars play so similarly. The two both like to cut in from the right, they both have stunning ball control, they both dribble with elegance and they both revel in the space between the opposition’s defence and midfield. Messi is 34 now, his stamina has also declined. Paulo Dybala could be used as an option to rest Messi. In case Messi is injured, it will be a serious problem to Argentina.
One thing which is confirmed is that Dybala is considered a heir to legendary Messi. When Lionel Messi retires, Dybala could find his spot straight into the Argentina squad. But it would be very difficult for Dybala to adapt playing in Argentina National Team if has not any experience in Argentina Squad. Lionel Salconi should have included Paula Dybala in Argentina Squad for Copa America 2021 just so that he could be familiar to playing in major tournaments with Argentina.
Things seem to have changed a lot for Dybala. Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Juventus, the spotlight has gone off La Joya. For many, he has become a bad player. Some others feel that he isn’t as good a player as he was before Ronaldo came to the bianconeri. But a few others still retain the opinion that Dybala is one of the best in his position on his day.
Paulo Dybala’s relationship with the Argentina national team has never been on good terms. The Juventus star has become a forgotten man for Lionel Scaloni as other talents of his age or younger have been given the chance to shine. Although it is known to all that Dybala had the worst phase of his career in this season, but he has now recovered fully and a player as talented as him must have given a chance in the squad. Dybala Copa America exclusion is also a setback for his fans.
Argentina Squad for Copa America 2021
Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa), Agustín Marchesín (Porto) and Juan Musso (Udinese)
Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel (River), Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica), Germán Pezzella, Lucas Martínez Quarta (Fiorentina), Nicolás Tagliafico, Lisandro Martínez (Ajax), Marcos Acuña (Sevilla), Cristian Romero (Atalanta), Nahuel Molina Lucero (Udinese).
Midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Ángel Di María (Paris Saint-Germain), Guido Rodríguez (Betis), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Nicolás González (Stuttgart), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Alejandro Gómez (Sevilla), Ángel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Nicolás Domínguez (Bologna)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan), Joaquín Correa (Lazio), Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen) and Sergio Agüero (Barcelona).