The hard work is over for the Argentine national team, but after what was an extremely impressive World Cup qualifying campaign, the harder task of making an impact at Brazil 2014 is just seven months around the corner.
Two friendlies this month against fellow World Cup qualifiers, Ecuador and Bosnia & Herzegovina, will give Alejandro Sabella's charges an excellent chance to measure themselves up against potential competition for next year's festival of football.
Will the coach keep faith with the core that achieved qualification? Will the matches serve as an opportunity for fringe players to gain experience? How will the Albiceleste replace Lionel Messi? These are all questions that could begin to be answered on Friday, as the nation takes on Ecuador.