Zabaleta wants Messi, Higuain & Aguero to start for Argentina

Coach Alejandro Sabella appears keen to put out an offensive line-up to ensure the goals flow against Ecuador, something the Manchester City defender agrees with wholeheartedly
Argentina full-back Pablo Zabaleta has backed Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero to lead the line for the Albiceleste in their upcoming tests.

Coach Alejandro Sabella has tended to play only two of the three forwards so far in his tenure, although the trio featured in the second half of November's World Cup qualifier against Colombia to devastating effect as Argentina turned around a one-goal deficit to win 2-1 in Barranquilla.

The starting XI for Saturday's clash with Ecuador is still to be confirmed, but all three have been placed together in training to create an ambitious 4-3-3 scheme.

Speaking to Ole on Thursday, Manchester City defender Zabaleta backed his club companion Aguero to join the Barcelona and Real Madrid stars in attack, stating that it was the best way to ensure the Seleccion showed their true potential.

"Having Leo, Pipa [Higuain] and Kun gives you a massive confidence boost. Our most powerful part of the team is up front, it is the strongest point and I hope they will get the chances and put them away," Zabaleta explained.

The 27-year-old Buenos Aires native continued to reference the perceived lack of decent wide defenders in Argentine football, and pointed out that, with the exception of one particular footballing nation, it was a common problem across all teams.

"Brazil are the greatest creators of full-backs in the world, nobody has a chance of comparing to them. They always have four or five options down each flank and all with brilliant quality."

Argentina face Ecuador in their fifth World Cup qualifier on Saturday June 2, before meeting Brazil in a friendly encounter seven days later.