Qatar 2022 World Cup: the first training session of the Argentine team in Abu Dhabi

Posted 2022/11/14 34 0

ABU DHABI.- Many shirts with the captain’s last name on the back, posters, flags, thunderous music and groups of fans scattered on the cement of the Al Nayhan stadium in this city. “¡Messi, Messi!”, was the main letter of the shouting that came from the stands. It can be said that the heart of the Argentine team is already beating with a view to the Qatar 2022 World Cup: this Monday, a good part of the squad led by Lionel Scaloni held the first training session, with a view to the friendly next Wednesday in this city against the United Arab Emirates. There were 14 footballers out of the 26 summoned for the big event, and logically the main target among the photographers who covered the practice was Lionel Messi, the great leader, who arrived just a few hours before the team participated in this open rehearsal with part of the summoned players.

The moment the players entered the field, dressed in light blue shirts and blue pants, the shouts from the stands intensified. Above all, there were applause for the Rosario crack, who in his first movements with the ball was shown with smiles. Afterwards, the PSG player greeted the stands and did the warm-up exercises with his teammates, under the gaze of the coaching staff. The spirit is on the rise, between the dynamics of the “crazy” with the ball and the work apart from the goalkeepers. To all this, while the campus intensified the work, many fans sought to immortalize the scenes of their idols on their cell phones. And after 45 minutes of practice, a warning signal: two intruders jumped onto the field of play and tried to go after Messi, but were quickly intercepted by security personnel. It should be remembered that the spectators paid their ticket to see this training, the first official activity of the team related to the World Cup.

The players present were the goalkeepers Franco Armani y Geronimo Rullidefenders Nicholas Tagliafico -trained differently-, Germain Pezzella, Nahuel Molina, Juan Foyth, Marcos Acuña and Cuti Rosemary the frills Rodrigo DePaul, Exequiel Palacios, Guido Rodríguez and Leandro Paredes and the forwards Lionel Messi y Angel Di Maria. The 18-year-old goalkeeper also participated Federico Gomes Gerth, the only player summoned by Scaloni as a sparring partner for the national team.

In a passage of training, several players participated in a reduced football game, with three different colors of shirts and bibs. Later, they adjusted long passes to a touch with the delimitation of some yellow rods, and soon after they set out to carry out definition tests. Already at that moment, Messi decided to lie down on the grass, take off his boots and loosen his muscles. A recreational training, but also with some tactical and coordination concept, so as to get into the rhythm of a group that already knows itself by heart, with that DNA of the consecration of the Copa América in July 2021. Finally, the practice to The group’s open house generally lasted an hour and 20 minutes, between the smiles of the players and the need to cool off, on a hot night. But just when the activity was over, four other players arrived, the “Italians” Lautaro Martinez, Joaquin Correa, Nicolas Gonzalez and Paulo Dybala, who greeted affectionately, especially the medical staff. The Serie A quartet made regenerative moves, bringing the number of active players up to 18.

Today will be an intense day, because there will be new arrivals of players at the Abu Dhabi airport. And tomorrow there will be an official practice -behind closed doors- with all the players, in addition to Scaloni’s conference, imagining a friendly against the United Arab Emirates in which the physical loads will have to be managed. Eight days away is the debut in Group D against Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday 22, from 7.


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