The Argentine National team midfielder played every minute of every game since he arrived in Asian football. Will it reach the World Cup in rhythm?
Javier Mascherano is a symbol of the Argentine National Team. He became the player with the most matches wearing the national colors in a friendly match against Spain, where he lost 6-1 and was very exposed. Generated many doubts in the midst of his adaptation to Hebei Fortune of Chinese football, as unknown as low level, after years in Barcelona.
The bad image left by the midfielder in the win against La Roja will be what will remain until Jorge Sampaoli delivers the final list, because his actions in China will not be as observed and will be contextualized.
In the Asian country, Masche plays central midfielder, as he requested when leaving the Culé team to return to its original position. His partner in the middle zone, usually, is another South American: the Brazilian Hernanes, who until now did not play too much for different injuries. The duo of attack, meanwhile, make up another Argentine, Ezequiel Lavezzi, and Ivorian Gervinho. The rest of the players are of local origin. The DT is an old acquaintance: the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, who led the Santafesino in River.
The season did not start in the best way and, so far, Hebei only won three of the ten games he played in the Chinese Super League, while adding three draws and four falls. Thus, it is 11th in the table, 8 points from the top and 6 from the descent positions.