Predicted Argentina XI for the World Cup final - Should Di Maria be risked?

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Manchester City stars, a former Liverpool player and a key Manchester United transfer target all feature.

Argentina will be sky high today after nudging past the Netherlands on penalties to make the World Cup final.

Argentina have been nowhere near their best this tournament, with several suggesting the side are overly reliant on Lionel Messi, with the attack leaving the defence too exposed.

However, the side have the chance to make history and here is the team they could go with this weekend against Germany.

GK – Sergio Romero

He’s been an ever present throughout the tournament for his country and held his nerve under pressure last night.

RB – Pablo Zabaleta

The Manchester City defender will be a key figure because of his resilient attitude to defending and also because he’s a leader in the back four.

CB – Martin Demichelis

Another Manchester City man looks set to play in the back four. He was taken off after he was booked against the Netherlands but has a good relationship with Zabaleta on that side of the defence.

CB – Ezequiel Garay

Garay is showing why Manchester United were once so interested in signing him although he’s likely to be put under more pressure by Germany than he’s faced so far in the tournament.

LB – Marcos Rojo

Rojo had a very good game against the Dutch up against Arjen Robben. Liverpool and Tottenham remain linked with him and another good performance here could spark an intense bidding war after the tournament.

RM – Enzo Perez

Perez is likely to feature somewhere in the midfield, rotating with other players and providing a real threat to the German defence. He’s another big name player linked with a Manchester United move.

CM – Lucas Biglia

Biglia has a big job to do. He needs to provide the defence with solid cover and look for threats in the German midfield.

CM – Javier Mascherano

Mascherano is another very defensive player and someone who can form a barrier with Biglia, which is difficult for the Germans to break through. The ex-Liverpool man needs to be at his best.

AM – Lionel Messi

The Barcelona superstar will effectively have free reign in behind the main striker, with the licence to destroy Germany all over the pitch.

LM – Ezequiel Lavezzi

If Angel Di Maria hasn’t recovered from a thigh problem then the Paris Saint-Germain star and reported Chelsea target should start, darting in and providing a threat from the left.

ST – Gonzalo Higuain

Napoli’s striker should lead the attack and he should be very determined to play well in this game having underperformed for most of the tournament.

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