Lionel Messi: Why is Barcelona star not playing for Argentina vs Spain?

Lionel Messi: Why is Barcelona star not playing for Argentina vs Spain?

Lionel Messi: Why is Barcelona star not playing for Argentina vs Spain?

Messi will be back in action this evening against Spain, having missed the 2-0 win over Italy on Friday.

"It was tough because we weren't able to lift it - passing next to the World Cup trophy was terrible", he told the media.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said Messi trained "normally" on Monday and is available to play.

"It is impossible to teach him anything. Because this is it, we have to think that this could be the last for this group of players".

"We chose to wait for this game [against Italy] to rest, but I'm optimistic about playing against Spain".

Nevertheless, the occasionally feisty nature of their Clasico showdowns does not give Sampaoli any cause for concern over Messi's fitness.

"It should be a fantastic game and in a great stadium", he said.

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Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has experimented with his starting striker since dropping Alvaro Morata and recovering Diego Costa with the World Cup in Russian Federation less than three months away. "If I would hit that ball in some other way, maybe like I did against Chelsea the other day from a similar position", added Messi.

"He was tested yesterday and tried again today".

Spain drew 1-1 with Germany in Dusseldorf on Friday, extending their unbeaten record under Julen Lopetegui to 17 matches. Moving from the right, when we cut inside, the whole pitch is in front of us.

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

"What I have ahead of me is a valuable game against Argentina, against the World Cup finalists, sure to be one of the best players in history, and this is motivating us to show what we can do and develop a good feeling as a team".

Argentina count on players such as Atletico's Angel Correa, while Ever Banega is at Sevilla and Gonzalo Higuain spent several seasons with Real Madrid.

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