2022 World Cup: Serie A players to watch; Weston McKennie, Lautaro Martinez, Dusan Vlahovic set to shine

Despite the failure of the Italy national team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Serie A will have many players in the most important football tournament in the world from next Sunday. Indeed, there are several actors, including one for the United States, who play in Italy and will take their talents to Qatar. Major national teams like Argentina, Brazil, France and Portugal will have players who play in Serie A and represent their country in Qatar, as will some under-the-radar teams looking to make some noise.

Here’s a look at the Serie A players to watch out for at the tournament:

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

Club: Lazio
Country: Serbia
The Serbian midfielder is definitely a player to watch at the tournament. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been one of, if not the best, midfielder in Serie A for the past three to four years. His performances were consistent and he always showed good character on and off the pitch. With Lazio, playing as an attacking midfielder, he has contributed several goals and assists over the past few years. This season so far, he has scored five goals and provided seven assists for his teammates in all competitions. Serbia are one of the teams to watch as many key players are at the height of their careers, such as Milinkovic-Savic, who turns 28 next year. Serbia are in Group G alongside Brazil, Switzerland and Cameroon.

Raphael Leao

Club: AC Milan
Country: Portugal
The AC Milan striker was Serie A’s best player in the 2021-22 Serie A season which culminated with the Scudetto for the side coached by Stefano Pioli. Rafael Leao finally showed his skills and was still one of the best performers of the season, and his goals and assists contributed massively to his side’s historic win, ending an 11-year drought. His impact on the games was crucial and that’s what Portugal coach Fernando Santos expects the World Cup, where they will face GhanaSouth Korea and Uruguay in Group H. To date, Leao has scored six goals after 19 games in all competitions and this will be his first major tournament with the national team.

Weston McKennie

Club: Juventus
Country: United States
The USMNT midfielder is another player to watch for the upcoming World Cup. Weston McKennie hasn’t played the last few games for Juventus due to a minor muscle injury which forced coach Massimiliano Allegri to rest him. Until then, McKennie has played every game when available and has scored three goals so far in all competitions. McKennie can play in different roles as a midfielder and he has been called up for his first World Cup this year. The United States will play the first match of the World Cup on Monday, November 21 against Waleswill play later against England November 25 and November 29 against Iran for the last game of the group stage.

Lautaro Martinez

Club: Inter
Country: Argentina
Inter Milan and Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez are set to lead their national team alongside key players Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria, as they did in the summer of 2021 when they won 1-0 against Brazil in the Copa America final. Lautaro Martinez is now considered the key striker for Inter Milan and the NT, where he has already scored 21 goals in 40 games. An incredible record, very close to his club numbers. So far this season he has scored eight goals in 20 appearances and led the attacking line despite injury to Romelu Lukaku, which forced coach Simone Inzaghi to play alongside Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko for most of the season. matches. There are a lot of expectations around Lautaro and the whole Argentina team, considering that this will be Leo Messi’s last chance to win the World Cup. Scaloni’s team will play against Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland in the group stage.

Hirving Lozano

Club: Naples
Country: Mexico
The Mexican star finally shows his talents in Napoli. After a difficult first season, his performances improved a lot last season and he is now fully part of Luciano Spalletti’s project. Napoli are doing very well this year and are currently top of the Serie A table and this season could have a real chance of winning their first Scudetto in over thirty years. This season, Lozano has scored four goals and provided two assists for his teammates. Lozano is a key player for El Tri, where he has already played 59 games and scored 16 goals and also featured at the 2018 World Cup, when Mexico were knocked out in the Round of 16 after losing 2-0 to Brazil . Mexico are in the same group as Argentina, Poland and Lautaro’s Saudi Arabia. Lozano scored the winner against Germany in the 2018 group stage.

Theo Hernandez

Club: AC Milan
Country: France
Compared to four years ago, the world has changed for Theo Hernandez. In 2018 he was a young Real Madrid prospect who couldn’t find enough minutes. Then, his exclusion in the summer of 2021 for UEFA Euro 2020 was a big disappointment for him but everything has changed since last autumn, when coach Didier Deschamps decided to change some key players from his roster and the called for the first time. He is now fully part of the France squad after winning the Scudetto with AC Milan and has proven to be one of the best left-backs in the world. This season so far he has scored twice and assisted twice in all competitions and he should be a starter at the World Cup where France will face Australia, Tunisia and Denmark in the group stage.

Dusan Vlahovic

Club: Juventus
Country: Serbia
If there’s one striker to watch coming from Serie A football this year, it’s Dusan Vlahovic. The Juventus striker has had quite a tough start to the season, also considering his injuries, but he’s already managed to score eight goals so far. Juventus have changed a lot this summer and also in the current season, playing with one striker at the start but then changing their tactical system and playing with two central strikers. Vlahovic hasn’t shown all his qualities but the feeling is that he can perform very well in his first major tournament with Serbia. With his county, he has already scored eight goals in 16 matches so far, and Serbia will play against Brazil, Swiss and Cameroon in one of the toughest groups.

Paulo Dybala

Club: AS Roma
Country: Argentina
His presence in Qatar was uncertain until the last day due to injury, but then coach Lionel Scaloni decided to call up Paulo Dybala for his second World Cup of his career. He only played 22 minutes against Croatia in the group stage. The current AS Roma player has had a great start to the season with Jose Mourinho’s side but then picked up an injury and missed the last eight games before returning to training just before the Champions League exit. Argentinian team. Dybala’s story with the Albiceleste is deeply affected by injuries – he made just three appearances last year and scored a goal against Italy at Wembley in the Finalissima which saw Argentina beat Italy. Argentina will play the first game of the group stage against Saudi Arabia on November 23.

Abdelhamid Sabiri

Club: Sampdoria
Country: Morocco
Despite a disappointing start to the season with Sampdoria, Abdelhamid Sabiri is a player to watch at the World Cup. Morocco are an interesting team that can become one of the surprises of the tournament, and Sabiri has the talent to impress, even if he doesn’t start. Under Marco Giampaolo he was always the team’s best player, but when Dejan Stankovic was appointed as the new coach of Sampdoria, Sabiri’s role became less crucial for the team and even started some games from the bench before getting hurt. The World Cup is the place to impress, and the coach has shown he has faith in it given he got his first call-up last September, played in two games and scored on his debut against Chile . Morocco will play the first match of the tournament against Croatia on November 23, they will face Belgium on November 27 and close the group stage against Canada on December 1.

Kim Min Jae

Club: Naples
Country: South Korea
Only a few knew him before the current season when he arrived from Fenerbahce and joined Napoli to replace the club legend Kalidou Koulibaly. Kim Min-jae is currently one of the best central defenders in Italian football and has shown his incredible impact in the first part of the season, given that Napoli are currently the leaders of Serie A. Spalletti’s team is the one of the best defensive teams in the league, but Min-jae has also scored twice so far in domestic competition. He is already a national team veteran as he played 44 games but only missed the 2018 World Cup through injury. He will be a key player for South Korea, who will face Uruguay, Portugal and Ghana.

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