Playing on their home continent and led by one of the finest players—if not the finest—on the planet in Lionel Messi, optimism is high for the Argentine national team. A world-class attack is the basis for the Albiceleste's confidence that this team can win their first World Cup in 28 years in Brazil.
However, football cannot just be won by scoring goals—a team must be adept at keeping them out at the same time.
Here, I take a look at the goalkeeper and defenders most likely to be called up as Argentina's first-choice back line. Alejandro Sabella has been nothing if not consistent in his team selections, meaning that barring injury or other misfortune, these five men will be spearheading their Brazilian defensive effort.