Argentine star Lionel Messi is going through a great moment with the National Team because he feels comfortable with his teammates, said DT, Lionel Scaloni, before the match with Peru for qualifying for the Qatar-2022 World Cup.
«In the end the team is the one that takes the situation forward and that makes him (Messi) even better. He feels comfortable with his teammates and that makes him even better, "said the coach on Wednesday at a virtual press conference.
The forward adds 80 goals in the albiceleste and assists everywhere that mark the rhythm of the team.
La Albiceleste will play with Peru on Thursday at the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires, on the 12th date of the tie. Argentina (22 points) is the guard of the líder Brazil (28), and Peru (11) are seventh, in a series that directly qualifies the first four and for a play-off to the fifth.
«Without the team, his (Messi) performance would not be so reflected. Today we are doing well as a group, as a team, and that is what we see, "said Scaloni.
The Argentines come from drawing with Paraguay 0-0 and thrashing Uruguay 3-0, while the Peruvians beat Chile 2-0 and lost 1-0 with Bolivia, in the context of the triple date.
The coach said he is not yet in a position to confirm the lineup.
Asked about the suspended game with Brazil in Sao Paulo due to the unusual invasion of the court by anticovid-19 health inspectors, he replied that "we will have to wait if it is played or not, but it is very clear that we are the victims."
When praising the players, he said that "they are the representation of the people on the field and there will be games that are played better or worse, but the dynamics are marked."
"Peru is a pretty clear team. Play well, have good foot players. Possession can be disputed. It is not a team used to getting backwards. It is a difficult game, "he reflected.