Lionel Scaloni, DT of the Argentine National Team, did not give the team to face Paraguay, but he did confirm that Lionel Messi “would be there to play both games” of the South American Qualifiers.
The coach gave a virtual press conference on Thursday, where he regretted the physical problems of several of the footballers and, although he confirmed that the captain arrived from Barcelona with a physical illness, that will not prevent him from being against Paraguay or Peru.
“Leo (Messi) trained normally. He was dragging some ankle discomfort, but he would be able to play both games without inconvenience.”
“We have had enough inconveniences to have all the players. Today (Wednesday) we will wait to see how some players who trained differently are doing. It was a very atypical call, one of the most difficult we have had,” said Scaloni, who he had to do without Marcos Acuña and Paulo Dybala from his original call, as well as Eduardo Salvio, who was injured with Boca, and this Wednesday the withdrawal of Tucu Pereyra was confirmed.
“We always want to win, we play for that. But we go game by game. Tomorrow’s game (Thursday), despite the inconveniences we are having, we believe that we can face it in the best way.”
The national coach believes that he will be able to count on his scorer, Lautaro Martínez: “In principle, Lautaro (Martínez) is fine. We’ll see how he responds today, but we think he’s going to be there, and that reassures us. “
“These setbacks are not an excuse at all. The player who goes out on the field will come out knowing what he has to do and what he can give us,” said DT.
DOES CHINESE MARTÍNEZ QUARTA PLAY?
“I still couldn’t talk to Chino (Martínez Quarta). He had a very long trip, after today’s training we will have things much clearer.”
WHAT ABOUT DYBALA AND THE SELECTION?
“Dybala is a boy we appreciate a lot. His absence is important for the group. We need to have him on the court, in training, but unfortunately it broke our hearts to see him in the condition he was in.”
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THE MATCH WITH PARAGUAY
“It will be a very difficult game, Paraguay has always been a difficult opponent. And now it is very good.”
“We have to continue showing that we can compete. It is true that the start we had gives you more confidence, but that is until the game against Paraguay begins.”
ON PLAYING AGAIN IN AN EMPTY BOTTLE
“I am very sorry that people cannot see the players up close.”
THE MESSAGE TO GAGO
“Before beginning with the questions, I wanted to send a big hug to Fernando Gago. Now a new adventure begins for him. I wish him the best.”
The Argentine National Team will receive Paraguay in La Bombonera on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. And will complete the double date in Lima, next Tuesday against Peru.