Messi is back after injury, exactly the energizer Argentina should require in qualifier of World Cup in opposition to Brazil on Thursday.
Messi failed to play previous 3 qualifying matches of Argentina because of a wounded left knee, and the outcome explained by means of draws in opposition to Venezuela and Peru, and a 1-0 defeat against Paraguay.
“Messi is exceptionally intelligent and has a great skill of finishing, so we must perform double marking on him when we can,” Renato Augusto, midfielder of Brazil stated. “We ought to shut the openings for every Argentinean player, and we should eliminate Messi’s angle of passing every time he possess the ball.”
Match on Thursday occurs in that stadium where Brazil was disgraced 2 years before by Germany in 7-1 loss in semifinals of World Cup. But now the hosts are going to be focusing on holding Messi.
“It is impossible to prevent the ball to reach Messi as he will begin floating just about to get it,” Renato Augusto stated. “We have to remove him of his comfort zone.”
Messi achieved a 1-0 triumph on Uruguay in the single match he has participated under Edgardo Bauza, coach of Argentina.
Runners-up of last World Cup, Argentina is behind 5 points of Brazil, the group leader, not hopeless but requiring points Thursday and subsequently week in a hard match in opposition to Colombia.
Brazil is in the front of qualifying by means of 21 points; trailed by Uruguay by 20 and Colombia and Ecuador by 17. Argentina and Chile both contains 16 points.
The top 4 teams will automatically qualify for World Cup. The 5th position team could go forward by a playoff.
Brazil won 4 in a row since Tite, the coach came later than the 5-time champion of World Cup terminated Dunga.
Tite will depend on Neymar, the striker and Dani Alves, the right back for a new tactic to take care of Messi.