Real Zaragoza playmaker Pablo Aimar has left Argentine coach Alfio Basile with a selection headache ahead of Thursday’s debut. Aimar shone for the reserves – outplaying his first team rivals in yesterday’s training match so much so that in the second half Basile swapped him with Cambiasso.
But can he force his way into Thursday’s team? Eyebrows were already raised when it became clear that Basile was planning to start the Copa with both Veron and Riquelme in his side. Could he be thinking of playing an ultra-creative midfield of Mascherano-Veron-Aimar-Riquelme against the USA?
Argentina’s starting eleven based on Monday’s training match:
Carrizo (will be replaced by Abbondanzieri for the debut)
Zanetti, Ayala, Milito and Heinze
Verón, Mascherano and Cambiasso
Messi and Crespo
Aimar replaced Cambiasso at half-time.