Argentina is a team that’s always considered a candidate to lift any trophy they’re playing for, and the upcoming World Cup is no different.
With the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Gonzalo Higuaín and Angel Di Maria in the squad, it’s impossible to dismiss Argentina as one of the favorites in the tournament, and their stock is definitively higher after the draw held in Costa do Sauipe.
Argentina will play in Group F alongside Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria, a group that appears to be quite easy for La Albiceleste. None of the three mentioned teams has the skill, grit or raw talent to upset Messi and co.
Despite being the current African Cup champions, Nigeria is still one step or two under the top teams in the world. It was fairly noticeable in the Confederations Cup earlier this year when they couldn’t beat Uruguay and were dominated by Spain.
Iran, on the other hand, is a big question mark, but they don’t have enough players to upset any team in the tournament. The squad doesn’t have a lot of international experience and while they might be tough to beat, they are a team that all three sides expect to defeat in the end.
Bosnia and Herzegovina appears as the biggest threat for the team led by Alejandro Sabella, but they’re not an elite team by any means. These two sides met the past month, and Argentina won easily by a 2-0 score with many substitutes on the pitch against Bosnia’s top squad. They might be physical, tall and strong, but Lionel Messi and company will be too much for them.
Argentina’s path won’t be difficult until the quarterfinals. They will likely have to go against the second-placed team in Group E in the Round of 16, a zone that includes France, Ecuador, Switzerland and Honduras. Les Bleus are the favorites to come out on top, and the other three sides aren’t really much of a challenge for any top side.
There’s little doubt that Argentina was already one of the favorites to win the World Cup. With the draw, however, they need to be considered as the biggest threat to come out on top behind Brazil and Spain.