Qatar 2022: Why is Paulo Dybala not starting for Argentina vs. Croatia?

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© Alex Pantling/Getty ImagesPaulo Dybala.

Argentina’s World Cup aspirations will be on the line when they take on Croatia for a spot in the Qatar 2022 final, which is why many wonder why Paulo Dybala starts on the bench again.

Argentina have turned things around incredibly after a terrifying debut at Qatar 2022. After losing to Saudi Arabia, Lionel Messi and his club have done well on their way to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup.

La Albiceleste had to sweat until the end in their last match as the Netherlands forced extra time and later penalties after two losses. But Emiliano Martinez was again gigantic when he saved two penalties in the shootout.

Lionel Scaloni’s men met Croatia, who also won on penalties last time. AS Roma star Paulo Dybala will have to wait on the bench again, as he is not included in the starting eleven.

Why is Paulo Dybala not playing for Argentina against Croatia

Paulo Dybala doesn’t have any injury, but he never got much playing time with the national team and that continues to be the case at the 2022 World Cup. Scaloni recently said the reason Dybala is not playing is the coaching staff haven’t found the moment to send him in yet.

“He didn’t play because I didn’t see the moment to play him,” Scaloni said, via Roy Nemer of Mundo Albiceleste. “He is well, he can be part of the starting XI but in the matches we have played, we haven’t had the chance to field him.”

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