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Lionel Scaloni confirmed that Messi will play… but it is not known for how long

Lionel Scaloni confirmed that Messi will play… but it is not known for how long
Lionel Scaloni confirmed that Messi will play… but it is not known for how long

Argentine national team coach Lionel Scaloni warned that Lionel Messi “if he is fit, he will play” among the starters and if not, he will do so in the last 30 minutes of the match.although he ruled out his presence in the starting eleven that will face Canada in the Copa América semi-final.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the important clash, Scaloni He gave a press conference in which he addressed several key aspects of the match and highlighted the influence of the “10” on the team.

Scaloni He began by referring to the importance of the former Barcelona player for the national team. “Lionel Messi is our role model. His presence is fundamental for us, and he always brings the necessary calm and confidence at decisive moments.”the coach commented.

Apart from that, when he was asked about the decisions of whether or not to be on the field when speaking with the captain of the National Team, Lionel Messisaid: “99% of the time he’s ready to play. It’s never happened to me that he’s not ready to play. Every time he’s gone out on the pitch, he’s ready to play. For tomorrow he’s ready to play, without a doubt.”.

He also added: “It’s a very easy decision for me, because it’s a very frank decision, that if he’s fit, he plays; and if he’s not fit, he plays the last 30 minutes. It’s that easy.”. So he made it clear that no matter what happens, Messi will play.

Scaloni also spoke about the team’s preparation to face Canada. “We have worked hard for this match. Canada “It’s a strong and well-organized team, but we are prepared to face them. The key will be to maintain our concentration and play intelligently,” explained the coach of the National Team, who has not yet defined the starting eleven that will play on Tuesday.

The coach expressed his confidence in the group of players he leads. “I have full confidence in this group, we know what is at stake and we are ready to give our best. We are united in the goal of reaching the final,” said Scaloni.

He also highlighted the team’s resilience and experience. “This group has been through many challenges and has always come out ahead. We have players with experience in decisive matches, and that gives us an advantage. The key will be to stay calm and execute our game plan.”.

Finally, Scaloni He mentioned the support of the fans as a motivating factor. “The support of our people is incredible. We feel their energy in every game and that drives us to give our best. We want to give them joy and reach the final of this Copa America,” concluded the coach.

Argentina will face Canada on Tuesday at 9 p.m. (Argentine time) at MetLife Stadium in front of 82,566 spectators, where the national team will try to reach the final again and defend the title won against Brazil in 2021.

Scaloni defines the eleven

The Argentine National Team will face this Tuesday Canadain it MetLife Stadium of New Jerseyfor the semi-final of the America Cup. Coach Lionel Scaloni plans to make some changes to the starting lineup compared to the eleven that started against Ecuador.

The main unknown is in the midfield where Rodrigo De Paul and Alexis MacAllister They will start, but Enzo Fernandez It is almost certain that he will go to the bench and it is not confirmed who will be his replacement.

The one who has the advantage to get the position is Leandro Paredeswho, in the debut of the Selection in the America Cupstarted as a starter, although the possibility of a second place is not ruled out Scaloni put to Giovanni Lo Celso either Exequiel Palacios.

In the attacking area, there is speculation that Angel Di Maria be a starter and would play as a replacement Nicolas Gonzalez.

Despite not being in optimal condition in the previous match, Lionel Messi He would start from the start, since, despite having had some discomfort, the captain of the national team wants to be there from the first minute.

What remains to be defined is who will accompany the two experienced players in the forward line, since, Scaloni must define whether to maintain as owner Lautaro Martinezthe Argentine team’s top scorer in the America Cupor will put to Julian Alvarez.

What remains fixed and does not change is the defensive zone. With Emiliano Martinez under the three sticks, Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Lisandro Martinez and Nicolas Tagliafico complete the defense.

Source: Ambito

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