Argentina will play a global pleasant towards Spain in March in preparation for the World Cup, the Argentine Soccer Affiliation (AFA) president Claudio Tapia has confirmed.
The encounter will probably be on March 27 at a venue but to be finalised, 4 days after Argentina tackle Italy in a pleasant in Basel, Switzerland.
“We’ll play two friendlies in March towards two very prestigious [national] groups,” TyC Sports activities reported Tapia as saying. “They’re two necessary nationwide sides and can give numerous worth to our preparation. Spain certified for the World Cup and we all know what they signify in soccer.”
The 2010 World Cup winners, Spain went unbeaten in qualifying and completed high of their group forward of Italy, who misplaced to Sweden in a playoff to overlook out on the highest event for the primary time since 1958.
The choice to face Italy had been arrange by Tapia’s predecessors.
“We had an settlement with Italy that was signed by the earlier administration and we’ve got to respect it in any other case AFA would face an important monetary loss,” Tapia mentioned. “For such motive, we are going to play it on March 23. Our second sport will probably be towards Spain on the 27th of that month. These two video games would require the nationwide crew to lift the bar.”
The Albiceleste, who booked a ticket to this summer time’s event by profitable their remaining qualifier, Three-1 at Ecuador in October because of a Lionel Messi hat trick, will tackle Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria within the group phases.
Messi and Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli spoke final month of the nationwide crew’s have to profit from their worldwide friendlies to enhance on a troublesome qualifying marketing campaign. Argentina will play two additional friendlies earlier than they tackle Iceland of their World Cup opener on June 16.
“Our preparation stage for the World Cup goes to be essential,” Tapia mentioned. “Our first section will probably be in Argentina as a result of we perceive that when all of the tournaments are over, the gamers will journey [home] to see their households and can be a part of the coaching camp at [AFA’s headquarters] in Ezeiza till Might 30.
“We may have a pleasant sport as a farewell on that day as we’ve got a suggestion to play at Boca’s [La Bombonera] stadium on Might 30 and there is the potential of enjoying towards a South American crew [Ecuador]. We’ll then go to Barcelona [June 1] the place we’ve got agreed with the membership [Barcelona] to remain there and use their amenities.
“We’ll then play a pleasant on June eight earlier than our journey to Russia.
“I feel we’ve got completed issues nicely to have the required foresight.”
Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based soccer author who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.