It is 26 years since Argentina last tasted the sweet success of glory. And as long as Nicolas Otamendi and Marcos Rojo are the two best centre-backs the country can muster, Lionel Scaloni’s side appear to be on a hiding to nowhere.
Rojo is well down the pecking order at Manchester United these days and, while Otamendi is finding game time easier to come by across the city, the former Porto and Valencia defender hasn’t looked like anything resembling a convincing option for club and country for the best part of three years now.
Otamendi’s weaknesses, namely a tendency to charge out from the back like a bull on roller skates, has been exposed in dramatic defeats to Norwich and Wolves with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City slipping eight points behind Liverpool in the Premier League title race.
And while there were no obvious clangers in a 2-2 friendly draw against Germany on Thursday, a result that certainly flattered Argentina, Otamendi and Rojo hardly produced a performance befitting of a nation with glory in their sights.
The 31-year-old was turned by the electric Serge Gnabry for Germany’s opener. How much longer does he realistically have at the top level?
I still laugh at people that expected Messi to win World Cup & Copa America with Rojo & Otamendi as top CB— I R U N N I ∆ ™ (@Irunnia2) October 9, 2019
Otamendi should just switch to UFC.— Adejoro Damilare (@theAdejoro) October 9, 2019
Mans playing the wrong sport
Argentina actually managed to make it 2-2. Defense is BIG problem. Otamendi and Rojo should never start.— bk. (@NotBobbey) October 9, 2019
Argentina won’t win anything with Rojo and Otamendi in the back at times— Courage (@dogtalkssports) October 9, 2019
Otamendi and Rojo in a back 4 is a disaster. Both rash and love charging up there pitch. When Havertz breaks through, it's 4v4. 5/6v4 when wing-backs are involved. Argentina incompetently managed. https://t.co/uXjEq5KNFc— Hale End fan account (@damola3) October 9, 2019
Otamendi should retire.— #D10S ️ (@_ItsKarim) October 9, 2019
Otamendi man. Cannot wait for Stones to be back. Much more calmer head. Hope that partnership with Fernandinho becomes special https://t.co/7XQlWq4Bio— Synne (@synne_17) October 9, 2019
Like a 3 legged horse about to be shot— el mago (@perrymcfc) October 9, 2019
Liability— YӨDΛ (@CityYoda) October 9, 2019
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