Sampoali reveals what he told the Argentine players about Messi before the Ecuador game
Just when Argentina needed Lionel Messi, he was there to help them get through their difficult time.
Leo has won it all with Barcelona, but is yet to taste success with the Argentine national team. And his critics very often bounce on that point to insinuate that Messi is not the greatest of all time.
The Barcelona man has been shouldering the responsibility of the team, despite the fact that
But speaking to his players ahead of the game Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said Messi didn’t owe Argentina the World Cup.
Jorge Sampaoli’s post-match press conference
‘Today luckily the nationality of the best player in the world is Argentinian,’ Sampaoli said after the game in Quito’s Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa.
‘We must be sure everything does not depend on Leo (Messi) (but) today he brought his great ability.
‘I told the group: Messi did not owe the World Cup to Argentina, but football owed the World Cup to Messi.
‘We should help him be in the World Cup,’ Sampaoli added.
Argentina progressed in third place, behind Brazil who won the group and Uruguay.
And Colombia completed the fourth team to grab the final qualifying place. Chile would be missing the World Cup after losing to Brazil and Peru have a playpoff game.