What position has Messi been playing? Basically, they are just going to go without a striker? Which, incidentally, is their strongest position with the most depth? Stupid.
Messi should be starting on the right wing, with Aguero/Higuain fighting it out up top. Dybala should play in the hole, Mascherano on the f-ing bench. With some even half-decent work ethic without the ball, they should be crushing it.
Argentina are being mismanaged. Sampaoli is a dufus.
The False 9 thing will only work if Pavon and Di Maria offer a genuine goal threat, which there is very little chance of these days. I mean, if they do, Messi will tear it up. If they don't, it'll be another congested space between the circle and the D. Kante will make Messi's life hell, put him against that Hernandez kid and pull the defense out of shape.