5 phrases of Lionel Messi: what changed in the National Team to be a candidate in the World Cup and how he gets along with Neymar and Mbappé

Since the consecration in the America Cup in the stadium maracana, the Argentine team underwent a notorious change when it came to going out to play each match. With 34 games undefeated, last details ahead of the Qatar World Cup 2022 with Leo Messi as the main figure in the attack front and a collective solidarity rarely seen in the Albiceleste. After scoring a brace against Hondurasthe Flea took stock of the second friendly against Jamaica next Tuesday, September 27.

One of the first things explained by Rosario was what changed with the arrival of Lionel Scaloni to the technical direction. “I think that a very nice group was put together, strong and that has a more than clear idea, that knows how to play each game. The biggest difference with the previous groups is having been lucky enough to have won the Copa América. Winning changes everything for you, you work in a different way, things come out automatically and differently. We have previously made great groups with good Americas and World Cups without having the luck to consecrate ourselves. Now we were lucky to win and that decompresses everything, ”he argued in a chat with Hristo Stoichkov for the chain TUDN.

Also, he took a second to analyze the Group C that Argentina will settle for Mexico, Poland Y Saudi Arabia in the World Cup: “Groups are always difficult. There was a lot of talk in the last World Cup that we had an accessible group, they already thought about who we could cross. In the end it didn’t go as we expected, we ended up drawing the first game, losing to Croatia and struggling to get through to the round of 16. I think we have a very tough group, we are aware of that and It is very important to start winning the first game to have the peace of mind of having three points inside and face the next one in a different way”.

On the other hand, the present paris st germain is promising for the future with airs of fighting the Champions League, and Messi reinforced his confidence in his Brazilian teammate. “With Ney we know each other by heart, we really enjoyed our time at Barcelona and I would have liked to play a lot more there with him. Life met us again in Paris and we are happy to be together. I love playing with him, being on a day-to-day basis and I enjoy it”he added about it.

Far from touching on the subject of sparks in the locker room, he highly praised Mbappé: ”Kylian is a different player, a beast in one on one, he attacks space, he is very fast. He also has a lot of goals, he is a very complete player and I think he has been proving it for years. He will surely be among the best for years to come.”

The Flea He acknowledged in front of the camera that he was sure that the new season was going to be different from the initial one, when he arrived in the French capital. “This year I knew it was going to be different, already more adapted, more prepared too. Looking forward to it and enjoying it. The goal is clearly, everyone knows, to win the Champions League. Last year’s elimination was very tough having played two good games against Madrid. I think the goal is to win the Champions League”, he concluded.

To close the interview, Stoichkov presented Lionel with two striking and significant gifts: a replica of the Ballon d’Or that he won in 1994 and the shirt that the striker wore in the first victory of the Bulgarian team in a World Cup (4-0 against Greece in France 94′).


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