Argentina found the highest point of the World Cup at the right time. Scaloni kept the positive things from the match against the Netherlands and improved the fluency in the opponent’s field. Messi positioned himself near Gvardiol constantly to generate spaces for Julian Alvarez. Throughout the tournament Messi was suffering when he had to play with his back turned, dropping down to receive in midfield positions to feel comfortable. However, in this match he was close to the box but constantly attacking the space.
Julián Álvarez showed all his characteristics in an elite match and demonstrated his good understanding with Messi. Argentina reaches the final, without needing to force Di Maria, with many players at their best level of the year and with all doubts cleared. Much of the improvement is due to Scaloni, using different players and systems, depending on the team’s problems.