Rulli receives a nice birthday present from Scaloni, who passes over Dybala for the Copa América

Ajax goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli is preferred over PSV keeper Walter Benítez in the preliminary squad for the Copa América. Benítez made his debut for Argentina in March during Rulli's absence due to injury, but this time the preference is reversed. Paulo Dybala is the notable absentee from the squad.

SoccerDino, Website Writer
Published: 04:37, 20 May 2024

Furthermore, there are few surprises among the Argentinians, with players like Lionel Messi, Lisandro Martínez despite his season full of injuries Nicolás Tagliafico, and Alejandro Garnacho all included in the elite squad. From the 29-man list, three players will be cut after the friendly matches against Ecuador and Guatemala, before the start of the Copa América.

Since head coach Lionel Scaloni has called up only three goalkeepers, Rulli provided he stays fit will go to the final tournament. The goalkeeper regained his starting spot at Ajax after first-choice Diant Ramaj suffered an injury. For Rulli, this is a nice birthday present: on the day the squad was publicly announced, he turned 32.

Argentina will face Canada, Chile, and Peru in the group stage of the Copa América. They enter the tournament as the defending champions, having won the last edition in Brazil. This time, the competition will be held in the United States.

The Argentine squad is filled with experienced veterans and exciting young talents, reflecting the depth and quality of Argentine football. Lionel Messi, the team's captain and talisman, will once again lead the charge as Argentina seeks to defend their title. Despite being in the twilight of his career, Messi continues to perform at an exceptional level and remains a crucial player for both club and country.

Lisandro Martínez's inclusion is notable given his injury struggles throughout the season. His resilience and determination have earned him a place in the squad, demonstrating Scaloni's faith in his abilities. Nicolás Tagliafico and Alejandro Garnacho add further strength to the team, bringing their respective skills and experience to the fore.

The Copa América tournament will be a significant test for Argentina as they aim to maintain their dominance in South American football. The group stage matches against Canada, Chile, and Peru will provide an opportunity for the team to showcase their prowess and set the tone for the rest of the competition. As defending champions, there will be high expectations on Scaloni's squad to perform and deliver another successful campaign.

Playing in the United States adds an interesting dynamic to the tournament, with different conditions and atmospheres compared to the previous edition in Brazil. The team will need to adapt quickly to the new environment and ensure they are at their best from the outset.

Overall, the combination of seasoned professionals and emerging stars in Argentina's squad positions them as strong contenders for the Copa América title. The blend of experience, talent, and determination will be key as they look to defend their crown and continue their legacy in South American football.

Updated: 04:37, 20 May 2024