Argentina has one of the better squads in the world, but the absence of their best player and the style of their opposition indicate they will have a tough match against them to close out their year.
La Albiceleste will play their last international game of the year. After playing a scoreless draw against Ecuador this past week, their next opponent will be a lot more difficult as they will face Bosnia Herzegovina, one of the surprises in the European Qualifiers.
Argentina will surely miss Lionel Messi, as the Barcelona star is injured and won’t be back on the pitch until January next year at the earliest, but manager Alejandro Sabella must overcome difficulties without their star player on the pitch and it’s not like they don’t have other quality elements to choose from. Argentina has the likes of Sergio Agüero, Gonzalo Higuaín and Ángel Di María, just to name a few, that can turn a game around in a single play.
Bosnia will be a tough matchup for them. They are a physical team that features tough, tall players on the defensive line but they also have skilled elements going forward. The two stars of the team are Roma’s Miralem Pjanic and Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko but there are more players like Sejad Halilovic and Vedad Ibisevic that can create trouble to any defensive line on any given day.
Argentina have the players to come out on top in this game, but being without Messi could make things much more complicated. It will be a good test for the South American side as they will be able to confirm if they can take on tough teams without their best player.