Argentina Boss Reveals Why He Won't Field Messi & Dybala Together
Argentina Boss Reveals Why He Won't Field Lionel Messi & Paulo Dybala Together
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.
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.
"It is my job to make him understand that he is vital in the finishing, in the last third of the pitch."
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