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He tested a system with three central defenders: Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi and Nicolas Tagliafico. Mercado would replace Marcos Rojo, who was sub-par against Iceland. "[Angel] Di Maria did not get past his opponent once, the midfielders did not support him".

"Yes, we worked with different types of systems, on the wings or in the middle, in a hypothetical line of five", Mercado said at a news conference. "We have to play in a special way and we have a clear identity".

"We are more unpredictable now, and hopefully we'll show that in the competition", the 51-year-old dentist said.

"It's too early, I won't go to the pub before the game tomorrow", he said, before adding of his nation's supporters: "We know each other closer than other coaches know their fans, this closeness and trust between the staff and the fans means it's possible to go to the pub before the game and meet up".

"It was an uncomfortable match because Iceland were playing very defensively, blocking all spaces".

"We weren't thinking about starting with one point from the first match, but it's the first match". What two-time champion Argentina has felt recently is only bitter defeat: the losing finalist against Germany in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and two more runner-up finishes in the 2015 and 2016 at the Copa America - both times against Chile.

Hallgrimsson hinted that he would abandon the team's traditional 4-4-2 formation and play negative tactics against the Eagles like they did against Argentina. Jorge Sampaoli hasn't used the same lineup twice in the 12 games he's been in charge for Argentina. That's it, we have to look at what we need to correct from the Iceland match, but we can't dwell on it. It also means that Thursday's match against Croatia is momentous.

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