You can't teach Messi anything new, says Argentina coach

28 March, 2018, 01:26 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was not included in a possible starting lineup for his national team's friendly match against Spain on Tuesday, according to a list on the Argentine Football Association website.

Lionel Messi was unavailable through injury for the second consecutive friendly and Argentina undoubtedly missed their star player.

"He trained with the squad, so he's OK to play", said Sampaoli, who admitted it was "impossible to teach Messi anything".

Isco scored his first global hat-trick as Spain continued their preparations for the World Cup with an astonishing 6-1 victory over Argentina in a pulsating and competitive friendly.

The match is one of the last essays for both teams before the 2018 World Cup of Russian Federation. And on Monday, he added: "We have to understand him".

Sampaoli insisted he was not gambling over his captain's fitness by fielding Messi against Spain.


"If there was any risk (in his condition), Leo would have said".

"But here, he did a fitness test yesterday (Sunday), he did another one today and he's fine". Near misses in recent years have hurt and striker Sergio Aguero has said that it would be a failure if this great generation of players does not go on to lift a trophy together, thoughts echoed by many of his team-mates.

But it is Moreno who has momentum, on the back of two consecutive starts and a sharp finish in the draw against Germany on Friday, which means he now has three goals in five global matches.

"When we're preparing for a game we're not thinking about what's in front of us", Lopetegui said.

'Alongside me in the national team he had to play more on the left, maybe he's not so used to that. Because this is it, we have to think that this could be the last for this group of players. At Juventus he plays just like me, we look for the same spaces.

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