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Lionel Messi to Line Up against Spain on Tuesday

Lionel Messi to Line Up against Spain on Tuesday

Sampaoli's side take on Spain on Tuesday night and Messi is expected to return after missing Argentina's 2-0 win over Italy last Friday.

"It's the official ball of the World Cup, and everyone is kicking and screaming about it, but it is what it is", Lopetegui said.

Both Barca boss Ernesto Valverde and Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli face a testing few months in handling the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's condition, with Messi still in the hunt for some of the biggest trophies in world football.

"You can't teach him anything".

"As for the team, we are watching [Manuel] Lanzini's progression to see if he can play".

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui insisted he was only interested in the performance of his own side as he prepares for Tuesday's friendly against Argentina in Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. "I don't think he will have any problem playing".

Nevertheless, the occasionally feisty nature of their Clasico showdowns does not give Sampaoli any cause for concern over Messi's fitness. "Argentina knows how to press, play, and when attacking, they are animals", he said. "But he has trained the last two days", he added.




"But here, he did a fitness test yesterday (Sunday), he did another one today and he's fine".

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

'Right now we're not among the contenders to win the World Cup, ' argued the Barcelona star.

But Spain and Argentina fans hoping for a glimpse of him will be disappointed at the match in Madrid tonight.

National teams are using the Adidas Telstar 18 for the first time during the current round of internationals and the lack of grip and excessive movement through the air has been criticised.

'At Juventus he plays just like me, we look for the same spaces.


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