Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni urged on Saturday that his gamers would method their remaining Copa America group match towards Qatar with a extra attacking mindset in a bid to unlock the genius of Lionel Messi.
The 2-time world champions have drawn simply certainly one of their first two matches within the event and should win Sunday’s conflict at Gremio Enviornment to have any probability of progressing to the knockout section.
Messi has scored Argentina’s solely objective of the event – a penalty within the 1-1 draw with Paraguay – however the 31-year-old has largely struggled thus far.
“Even when you’re the perfect participant on the planet, there’s not a lot you are able to do when you obtain the ball 60 meters up the pitch,” Scaloni advised reporters, stressing the necessity for the Barcelona ahead to obtain the ball nearer to the opposition objective.
Scaloni declined to disclose his deliberate beginning lineup towards Qatar however indicated that Messi might be joined in assault by Manchester Metropolis striker Sergio Aguero and Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez.
“With these three we will trigger issues,” he stated. “We do not want that many photographs on objective when we now have gamers of that high quality.”
Argentina’s tribulations on this event have prompted stern criticism from the nation’s sports activities media, which views the Albiceleste’s main title drought with rising impatience.
The nation’s final worldwide trophy of any significance was the 1993 Copa America when Messi was simply six years outdated.
Scaloni urged Argentina’s followers and pressed to indicate solidarity with the group, warning that fixed criticism can be counterproductive.
“They want help and never [the perception of] life-or-death stress,” he stated. “We’ve got to win and nothing else. Selecting to not help the group will not assist. They [the players] want positivity to present their finest.
“We’ve got to overlook the primary two matches. We’ve got to concentrate on what we’re doing proper whereas studying from our errors. We are able to advance within the event if we win.”