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Argentina Boss Reveals Why He Won't Field Messi & Dybala Together

Argentina Boss Reveals Why He Won't Field Lionel Messi & Paulo Dybala Together

By Keegan Kruger - Oct 05, 2017 02:56 PM @KeeganKruger

Speaking ahead of his side’s two crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has revealed why he will not field Lionel Messi and Paulo Dybala together in his starting line-up.

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The Albiceleste currently find themselves in fifth position in their qualification group, and welcome fourth-placed Peru to Buenos Aires on Thursday night.

Many people have been calling for Messi and Dybala to start alongside each other for the national team, but Sampaoli has now explained why he will not follow that advice.

"As there is no time to work the Dybala-Messi relationship, we should go to something more concrete," Sampaoli said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.

Earlier this year, the Juventus striker admitted he struggled to play with the FC Barcelona superstar, and the former Chile coach has backed the youngster's claims.

"I don't see it as something bad, what Dybala said. He said that he was happy to play with Messi, but he just did not find his place," Sampaoli added.

"Leo (Messi) needs to move in the field normally as he does with his club. To invent a position so as he can develop a system or to structure him, that would be crazy.

"When we use the 4-2-3-1 formation he is even further forward, always near the box. Being away from the box puts our best player far from the scoring positions, and that is what he does best in his club.

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"It is my job to make him understand that he is vital in the finishing, in the last third of the pitch."

Do you think Argentina will qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Oct 05, 2017 09:40 PM
Work with them in friendly games
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N̤j̤a̤b̤s̤ Oct 05, 2017 07:55 PM
they will not go anywhere
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Bucs at Madrid with Red devils Oct 05, 2017 07:02 PM
As a professional coach u need to be strategic.... there is no way they can't play alongside, that's ur job to make sure that their find combination.
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Ben_Stokes_101 Oct 05, 2017 05:51 PM
Messi and Ronaldo at risk of not going to Russia..... Yhoook
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STIGA18 Oct 05, 2017 05:49 PM
That's the reason you're failing as a coach, the best coaches in the world always make things to Messi's way of play and u think u can do things differently
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Buru_Lovecandy Oct 05, 2017 05:20 PM
Let Messi play false 9.put dybala on rw.the problem Argentine hv is midfield.
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#eddie Oct 05, 2017 05:13 PM
Jst play a 4-3-3 Messi on the RW nd Dybala on the LW...then Icardi in the CF....nd obviously messi will drift to the midfielder like he usually does at barca....
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emg khanyi Oct 05, 2017 05:10 PM
Crazy coach
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jinks Oct 05, 2017 05:02 PM
Use Dybala and leave cowmessi out tonite.This cowmessi missed penalties before infact decisive ones.he even resigned bcz of failing.his muti works in spain only.it appears in Argentina he is cursed.Otherwise u wont go to Rusha.
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Sir Lore. Oct 05, 2017 04:45 PM
@evidence. podolski yes man, dybala is left footed, so he plays better from the right flank
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paulkgasane@gmail.com Oct 05, 2017 04:33 PM
@Hloni'mayeng2 Totally Support you. Youtube, Great players humiliate each other. MESSI GRILLS Dybala
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Hloni'mayeng2 Oct 05, 2017 04:22 PM
Messi is jst too much of a star 4 dyabala 2 cope playing around
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Warras4khosi Oct 05, 2017 04:12 PM
Sisimanga se-coach esi why can't you try other system then.....no wonder you once said its only Messi who is guaranteed for a starting line amen.
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Warras4khosi Oct 05, 2017 04:11 PM
Sisimanga se-coach esi why can't you try other system then.....no wonder you once said its only Messi who is guaranteed for a starting line amen.
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Warras4khosi Oct 05, 2017 04:11 PM
Sisimanga se-coach esi why can't you try other system then.....no wonder you once said its only Messi who is guaranteed for a starting line amen.
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Warras4khosi Oct 05, 2017 04:09 PM
Sisimanga se-coach esi why can't you try other system then.....no wonder you once said its only Messi who is guaranteed for a starting line amen.
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evidence. podolski Oct 05, 2017 04:01 PM
Dybala don't want to play with thats wow
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evidence. podolski Oct 05, 2017 03:59 PM
@Sir Lore. Eh In the right? Even When both dybala and MESSI use left foot
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frankisto Oct 05, 2017 03:57 PM
Mmmmm
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Tedd Oct 05, 2017 03:49 PM
The thing with dybala you put him on wing positions he ends up at no10 where messi flourish. So I understand.

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