The coach may have changed, as have most of the players; but going into their final Copa America Group B game Argentina find themselves in the same predicament and with many of the same doubts as one year ago in Russia.
Identically to the 2018 World Cup, the Albiceleste sit bottom of the pile with one point, needing a victory to keep their hopes of progression alive. It is the logical outcome of 12 months of stagnation and uncertainty that have only pushed the 2015 and 2016 finalists closer to what can only be described at this point as near-terminal decline.
Pinpointing one single reason for Argentina’s malaise as they put their hopes on the line on Sunday against Qatar is a futile exercise. A combination of factors have taken the nation to the brink of oblivion, a combination of unforced errors at all levels and structural failings that have not been addressed for decades.