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Sampaoli: Messi The Only Starter In Argentina Squad

Jorge Sampaoli: Lionel Messi The Only Starter In Argentina Squad

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jul 30, 2017 04:30 PM @KurtLaduma

Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli has revealed that FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is the only guaranteed starter for the Albiceleste.

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Argentina will take on Uruguay and Venezuela in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in September, and two wins will be of great importance to Sampaoli's side.

The tactician, who took over from Edgardo Bauza in June, has admitted that Messi is the only player guaranteed to start in his side, suggesting he has a clear plan for the 30-year-old.

"I was fortunate enough to take over the national team with Leo's suspension lifted," Sampaoli told Golazo Argentino.

"The only starter is Messi, the rest of the squad will be evaluated.

"Against Uruguay, Leo is going to play where he plays best; in the centre, or coming in from the right. We have good communication with Messi, sending messages constantly, and we talk about his position on the pitch.

"You have to give him the tools. Isolating Leo is a mistake for me, you have to surround him with very good players."

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Messi has scored 18 World Cup qualifier goals and assisted a further 11 strikes in 41 matches. 

Do you think Messi will inspire Argentina to two wins in September? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Warras4khosi Joined: 19 Jul 2017
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Warras4khosi Aug 02, 2017 12:04 PM
Your tail is between your leg wena coach how can you look down for abo Dybala......you will fail that Argentina.
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#eddie Jul 31, 2017 06:42 PM
Obviously.....messi is jst a magician who will do miracles....wait nd see wat he does in the world cup next year.....
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jinks Jul 31, 2017 03:45 PM
@Raymondh....good one.how can a coach say such.how wil other players feel.all players should b treated equally
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Raymondh Jul 31, 2017 02:09 PM
all agenrtina players should repond to the coach and let messi play alone
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Shepherd Mtetwa Jul 31, 2017 07:39 AM
No news
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quiero Jul 31, 2017 07:10 AM
The most under performing team in history. Argentina supposed to be the dominant team in world football provided the quality of players they have and still producing.
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MR E Jul 30, 2017 11:35 PM
Without messi the is no argentina.
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Maphisane-wako-Tambo-KBY Jul 30, 2017 09:45 PM
awe he's the best phela
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MR RELIABLE1 Joined: 30 Jul 2017
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MR RELIABLE1 Jul 30, 2017 08:18 PM
Coach is scared of Messi
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indidane Jul 30, 2017 08:07 PM
Kennedy Mweene Won the Nations Cup .... Khune Failed to Win it .... Does that mean Mweene is Better than Khune ???
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indidane Jul 30, 2017 08:04 PM
Messi is playing with Overrated Cows in Argentinian Squad .... Thank u Coach for Confirming that.
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TrueLegend Jul 30, 2017 07:51 PM
Good
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jinks Joined: 22 Jul 2017
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jinks Jul 30, 2017 07:48 PM
@DiBheKza...you dont hv to play all de games to win tournament.the influence and leadership plays a big role wen u not playing wich mess is lucking like Maradona sed.zidane didnt play all games during 1998 worldcup bcz of redcard just like ronaldinho during 2002 worldcup but they won.Mess is a gud player no question abt that but he lucks influence and leadership wich makes a player great.in bacelona he z a player but in Argentina he z a captain of gud players. he nids dat extra ordinary ability.
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lpidodo10 Jul 30, 2017 07:47 PM
@kingL wa pota sani
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lazy mzo Jul 30, 2017 07:21 PM
Coward coach
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m3nga's Jul 30, 2017 06:36 PM
they must work as a team..
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kingL Jul 30, 2017 06:30 PM
@Seoli_Se_Matlaa yes messi is marvel to watch but on when attack ,his off ball runs are superb when playing at Barca, mostly he fails to bring that spark on national team why? Nna kere lebaka ke hoba teaming o aperwe ke stars tseo le ha nka isa Morrison a ka shiner empa e le kgomo tjena
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Matayitayi Jul 30, 2017 06:19 PM
Messi the great
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madridstar Jul 30, 2017 05:51 PM
Neyma has shone on international level. Argentina has the best squad in the world has nothing to show. Portugal has de weakest team in the world bt won Uero
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Myaka weliPhefeni Jul 30, 2017 05:33 PM
Messi is a tym to lift his country all the way to the finals of world tournament so he cn prove his talent and if he cnt atleast mst move to another league to shw he cn shine every where bcz everybody knw him as a Spanish la liga player

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