You can't teach Messi anything new, says Argentina coach

You can't teach Messi anything new, says Argentina coach

You can't teach Messi anything new, says Argentina coach

Messi is poised to return for Wednesday's global friendly against Spain after sitting out last week's 2-0 victory over Italy.

Last week, Messi was forced to miss his nation's 2-0 victory over Italy, but the Barcelona star had suggested that he was on course to feature against Spain in Madrid.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said Messi trained "normally" on Monday and is available to play.

"Leo, you have to listen to him, create situations that will be optimal for him and from there build a team in relation to that". In the last friendly he told us so. The interpretation of a player with such a capacity inside the pitch gives the coach a better perspective of what is coming because his lenses are probably much more developed than ours. Speaking ahead of Spain's encounter against 2014 World Cup finalist, David de Gea feels it will be better if both teams feature a competitive line-up at Wanda Metropolitano.

Sampaoli insisted he was not gambling over his captain's fitness by fielding Messi against Spain.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has experimented with his starting striker since dropping Alvaro Morata and recovering Diego Costa with the World Cup in Russian Federation less than three months away.

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"They are two winners and I don't care how Ramos defends against Messi", he added. "Argentina knows how to press, play, and when attacking, they are animals", he said.

Valencia's Rodrigo Moreno started and scored Spain's goal in a 1-1 draw with Germany in Dusseldorf on Friday.

'Alongside me in the national team he had to play more on the left, maybe he's not so used to that.

'Right now we're not among the contenders to win the World Cup, ' argued the Barcelona star.

"If I play just one game a week, I struggle to get started".

Argentina face Spain in Madrid tonight.

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