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We need to find good alternatives in attack: Tata Martino

Tata Martino spoke at a press conference about his player selection for the World Cup qualifiers and other players he’s watching

About Higuain’s exclusion: “Its simply a matter of choice. People are saying that Pipita’s exclusion had to do with his performances in the finals against Germany and Chile. If that was the case, I wouldn’t have included him in my previous call-up. I have opted to pick Dybala this time, because I wanted to see how he plays. We need to find good alternatives in attack. And Argentina are producing many potentially good attacking players. We are seeing a few players to form a base for the future and adding new faces is one way of doing that. Younger players have more hunger in them.”

List of players for Argentina's World Cup Qualifying matches next month

List of players for Argentina’s World Cup Qualifying matches next month

The presence of young players like Angel Correa, Matías Kranevitter, Ramiro Funes Mori, Paulo Dybala and Emmanuel Mas in the team: “They add an injection of young blood in the Argentine squad. They are our future and they’ll be constant presence in the team over the years. They have the possibility of being part of the second or third most important crop of players who give identity to Argentine soccer along with the likes of Leo Messi, Kun Aguero, Javier Mascherano, etc. The Under 20 team has done a good job this year and some of the boys had continuity in the first division, which does not always happen. Also, whenever we call them, they try to seize the opportunity.”

Possible players for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games: “We’re analyzing both the local and European based players. Kranevitter will play for us, he’ll be at Atletico Madrid then. He’s the only pure central defensive midfielder such as Mascherano. We’re also following Cristian Espinoza, Driussi, Mammana, Cervi, Pity Martínez. And for goalkeeper we’re monitoring Quilmes’ Walter Benítez and Newell’s Ezequiel Unsain.”

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