Jorge Sampoli, coach of the Argentine National team has spoken to the Argentine press ahead of his first major task for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as he explained that Messi is ready to play in another World Cup.
The Albicelete are due to face their neighbours Uruguay in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Montevideo on Thursday evening.
The former Seville tactician said he is ready to employ all the tactics to ensure the Argentines win all three points on Thursday.
Sampoli said”the first eleven against Uruguay is not yet decided but we are ready to apply all alternatives to win against Uruguay, for this match we have been working with patience and time”.
On His players
Asked about his idea of visiting every player before the call up, Sampoli explained thus ” The idea of talking to every player is to strengthen the sense of belonging in the team and to build team unity as well which is very important for us at this time”
“Messi is working very hard and is ready to play in another World Cup. Messi and Dybala compliment each other and thus good for us”.
“I have not asked Messi about the condition of Suarez but I would like to know because his inclusion will call for change of plans”. Jorge said.
Asked to choose who plays, Sampoli said, “Fazio has a good arial ability and Mascherano has speed and very good anticipation, so the inclusion of one of them will depend on the opposition”.
Argentina lie fifth on the World Cup standings with 22 points and Uruguay ahead with 23 points at the fourth position.