No changes have been made to the host nation's attacking trio despite misfiring in the opener versus BoliviaArgentina will only change one of their 11 starting players for the upcoming Copa America match against Colombia, coach Sergio Batista confirmed on Tuesday evening. Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Ezequiel Lavezzi will all keep their places up front.
Batista announced his team on Tuesday evening in a press conference attended by Goal.com, where he affirmed that Pablo Zabeleta would be the only new face in the side which achieved a disappointing 1-1 draw with Bolivia on Friday evening. The Manchester City man replaces Marcos Rojo and plays at right-back, with Inter veteran Javier Zanetti switching to the left.
Questioned about Argentina's poor start to the championship, the trainer affirmed that his dream was still to play like Barcelona, but that it was no easy task.
"We play like a mirror of Barcelona but I cant say that we play like them, it is a very difficult task. All the same, we are not Barcelona we are the Seleccion," he told reporters.
"I like how Barcelona play I love it, I think it’s how football should be played. But to play like this after just 20 days of training is tough, they play like this all their lives."
He also restated his desire to see Lionel Messi become the linchpin of the Albiceleste attack.
"Lionel has to play in the final quarter of the pitch, where he will play," Batista concluded.
Argentina's starting Xi vs Colombia (4-3-3): Romero; Zabaleta, Milito, Burdisso, Zanetti; Mascherano, Cambiasso, Banega; Lavezzi, Messi, Tevez.