Argentina An important step towards the Qatar 2022 World Cup will be played on this double qualifying date and all eyes are on the captain’s physical condition Lionel Messi. The PSG footballer has been dragging a knee discomfort that marginalized him from some games with the French club, but everything indicates that he will say present in the duel against Uruguay this Friday.
“Okay, yesterday he trained, he was progressive. He did differentiated training the first days and yesterday he intensified a little more. In principle it is available. This afternoon we do another training session thinking about tomorrow ”, he warned Lionel Scaloni at a press conference on the present of crack.
“If the conditions are good, you know what I think about your game. This afternoon we will make the last decision, but in principle it is fine”, He stressed.
On the other hand, the situation of Leandro Paredes is already defined: “Leandro is ruled out for this match. We are not taking any risks. We think about that and we have players who can do just as well as him. Will not be available”.
Faced with this scenario, the coach of the Argentine team clarified that the team will be “Practically the same one who played against Peru in the last game”. Therefore, the training to visit Uruguay would be: Emiliano Martínez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Marcos Acuña; Rodrigo De Paul, Guido Rodríguez, Giovani Lo Celso; Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martínez and Ángel Di María.
Scaloni insisted that “Leo (Messi) is fine”, although it was allowed to speculate with who could be his replacement in case a complication appears in the afternoon training: “It could be Paulo (Dybala), it could be Joaquín (Correa), it could be Lo Celso in that position and add a midfielder. We have different variants. The concern does not happen because who would be because we are fine. That makes us calm ”.
The driver of the national squad explained that it is “easy” to live with the constant desire to play that Messi presents beyond some physical mishap: “It’s easy because I want him to play too. In fact, he has always played in the Copa América and for us he is a source of pride. Hopefully everyone has that desire to play. Even sometimes not being like in the Cup in the best conditions, he played and for me it is very easy because I want him to always be”.
After Leonardo’s statements about Messi, PSG’s sports director, Scaloni made his assessment: “We have a relationship with Leonardo because he was Walter Samuel’s coach. He spoke recently and the relationship is well. It is understandable about theirs because of what is going through the FIFA Date, added to the Copa América. For the clubs there are many parties that come to play with the national team, many travels. That is being discussed with FIFA and it is understandable by PSG. There is no way not to understand their posture. Nor can it be doubted that we are in full order to summon him and if he is available, let him play. Historically it has always been a problem, especially for European clubs ”.
OTHER OUTSTANDING PHRASES OF SCALONI
• The call to Kun Agüero: “We talk and exchange messages. The truth is that beyond a player, we know everything he is, he is a boy that we appreciate a lot. We are sad because we don’t want it to happen to anyone. Hopefully he recovers, that he can play again as soon as possible. We send you our full support. We appreciate it. We want him to be with us as soon as possible and if not, that he can be happy ”.
• The present of Julián Álvarez: “With the level he’s having, if he continues at that level, it doesn’t matter where he plays. He is doing very well in River and for us it is the same where he is. The level that they show in their teams is always important and I don’t mind where they are going to play or not. We are happy with his present, we have had him for a long time in the youth teams and he has made a very good leap. He is playing very well. I see him in the center-forward position, but when we play with three forwards Julián can play on the flanks, although he loses a bit because he is a born spiker. But he can help the team because physically he is a boy who works ”.
• The family problems that you are going through: “I shouldn’t have said it, but hey. Things are going better, it is life itself. Let’s hope they get out of this situation. I don’t want to talk much more about this “
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