Argentina and Australia face off in a crucial game for their World Cup hopes at the Qatar 2022 round of 16. Find out here why Paulo Dybala is not starting for La Albiceleste.
Argentina bounced back from a tough start to get out of the group stage at Qatar 2022. Now Lionel Messi and company take on Australia in a bid to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup.
Lionel Scaloni’s side were stunned by Saudi Arabia on their group stage debut, causing one of the biggest upsets in history. However, La Albiceleste finished as Group C leaders after defeating Mexico and Poland.
The Socceroos will be the first hurdle Argentina must overcome on their way to the promised land. Although the stakes will be high, Paulo Dybala will once again be on the Scaloni bench.
Why is Paulo Dybala not starting for Argentina against Australia
Though we’re talking about one of the best Argentine players in the world, Paulo Dybala never had much playing time with the national team. While he was called up for the World Cup, Dybala hasn’t played a single minute in Qatar so far.
It’s safe to say there’s a tactical reason behind his lack of minutes with Argentina, while the hamstring injury he suffered prior to the tournament could be another factor. There’s still a chance, however, that we see Dybala in action at some point vs. Australia.