Nicolas Otamendi has made a number of big mistakes for Pep Guardiola’s City in the Premier League this season but how did he get on against Germany?

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?

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