Explosion at the club
“I recommended Julian Alvarez to both Real Madrid and Barcelona. I think, he is overshadowing Erling Haaland. He is really overshadowing the Norwegian striker.”, Jorge D’Alessandro, legendary goalkeeper the Argentinian shared with Bernabeu Digital in a recent interview.
Just like what D’Alessandro commented, Alvarez is really experiencing an unexpectedly sublime season under the Manchester City shirt. In the last 10 appearances, the Argentine striker has contributed to a total of 9 goals for the Etihad Stadium team, his form helping him be considered one of the best strikers in Europe at the present time. in.
In all competitions, Alvarez has scored 6 goals and 4 assists after 10 matches, equivalent to the number of direct contributions to Haaland’s goals (8 goals, 2 assists). If he continues to maintain his explosive form, the Argentine striker can completely surpass his achievements last season (17 goals, 5 assists – according to data from Transfermarkt).
Obviously, Alvarez received great expectations from Argentine fans during this national team gathering, but in the end, he was not able to recreate his impressive performance at the club level.
Faint on the national team
This morning, Argentina entered the final match in the October international series with a trip to Peru’s stadium, within the framework of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers. While the two remaining factors on the attack are Nicolas Gonzalez ( 1 assist) and Lionel Messi (2 goals) both shined, while Alvarez could not impress and had to receive a score of 6.5 according to Sofascore’s assessment.
Data show that Alvarez had only 1 shot on target and missed 1 really good chance against Peru, lost in 4/5 duels and had only 1 pass. create scoring opportunities. Therefore, it is not too surprising that he is also the player with the lowest score on the Argentinian side by Sofascore. It is worth mentioning that this is actually not the first time that Alvarez has disappointed under the national team shirt.
Previously, Alvarez had a quite positive performance against Paraguay, but he could not score or assist. It is important to know that, according to data from Sofascore, the last time Alvarez contributed to an Argentina goal was about… 10 months ago, more specifically in the win over Croatia in the 2022 World Cup. when he scored twice against goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.
Since then, the 23-year-old striker has played for Argentina 8 more times in all competitions (including friendlies), but has still not been able to put his name on the scoreboard or assist his teammates to score. Obviously, there is something going on with Alvarez on the national team.
Huynh Phong | 12:49 October 18, 2023