Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni is hoping Lionel Messi’s determination to remain at Barcelona will profit the nationwide staff when World Cup qualifying begins this week.
Messi pushed for a transfer away from the Spanish membership this low season solely to vary his thoughts after the membership refused to let him depart totally free, opting to remain as a substitute of launching a probably ugly authorized battle in opposition to the membership. Scaloni informed a information convention on Wednesday that he performed no half within the determination however was joyful to see the difficulty resolved in order that Messi might focus absolutely on his performances on the pitch.
“From afar we wanted it to be sorted, obviously we wanted him to play and to be in form,” Scaloni mentioned. “It is positive that he has stayed because he has started to play, he knows the environment and that is the only thing I can say.”
Argentina will begin its qualifying marketing campaign in opposition to Ecuador on Thursday, as Messi begins one other try at an elusive World Cup title. Argentina misplaced the 2014 World Cup ultimate to Germany and was ousted by eventual winner France within the spherical of 16 in 2018.
“I talked to Messi when the issue with Barcelona was sorted, he was serene and calm. Now that he came we had a long conversation. Leo is happy for being with the national team, and he is doing well at his club now,” Scaloni mentioned. “We want to get to this World Cup for many reasons, and one of the main ones, obviously, is that Leo is able to play.”