Here's Why Messi Started on the Bench with Argentina

10 Jun 2024
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Argentina’s coach, Lionel Scaloni, said he decided to have Messi only play in the second half of the friendly match they won 1-0 against Ecuador in Chicago to keep him in top shape for the Copa América, just like some of his other teammates.

“Sometimes there’s no need to take risks, not just with him (Messi). Otamendi didn’t play either, Fideo (Di María) got his minutes, and Enzo Fernández played as much as we thought was right. It’s about taking care of them and making sure they’re in optimal condition,” Scaloni said in the post-match press conference at Soldier Field.

Scaloni also mentioned that he will wait until after the friendly against Guatemala on June 14th to announce the final squad for the Copa América.

“There are only a few days left to finalize the list, and we’ll do it based on what we think is best for the team,” he said.

“We’ll give the list after the game against Guatemala. There’s no point in announcing it before that match. It’s unfortunate for the players who will be left out, but it is what it is,” he added.

He felt that playing against a tough opponent like Ecuador was good for the team to get into the rhythm and praised his players for staying hungry for success.

“These guys have competition in their blood. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes it doesn’t, but the good thing is there’s always something to play for,” he said.

Finally, he was pleased with Enzo Fernández getting some minutes, as he’s getting back in shape after a groin issue.

“We’re happy he got some minutes. Surgery is always risky. In his case, we’re glad he’s been training. Of course, he’s still a bit short on match fitness,” he said to wrap up.

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