Lopetegui, Sampaoli looking forward to Spain-Argentina friendly

Lopetegui, Sampaoli looking forward to Spain-Argentina friendly

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has indicated Lionel Messi will feature against Spain in Tuesday's worldwide friendly in Madrid, ESPN reported.

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 manager Jorge Sampaoli said on Monday that "yesterday and today (Messi) trained and he was fine". "Argentina knows how to press, play, and when attacking, they are animals", he said. The eve of the match against Italy he indicated that he was not in a state to play.

In addition to that loss, Argentina have suffered consecutive finals defeats to Chile in the 2015 and 2016 Copa Americas, and Messi, 30, says this summer's tournament could be their last chance to win.

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"He can generate a lot of stuff.it's impossible to teach something to Messi".

"Leo has to play like he does for his club, to put him into another structure is madness. We are in a position where he is untouchable". You have to learn how to go with them, not even in coaching terms, but in the sense of how to bring harmony to him, surrounding him with the right atmosphere.

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

"If I play just one game a week, I struggle to get started". That's why I nearly never go play as a left wing.

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"When we're preparing for a game we're not thinking about what's in front of us", Lopetegui said.

Spain and Argentina are seen as two leading contenders at the World Cup in Russian Federation which runs from June 14 to July 15.

Argentina's Lionel Messi and Argentina's Paulo Dybala during an global friendly football match between Russian Federation and Argentina at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on November 11, 2017.

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